Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Connecticut is a small state that packs a lot within its borders: historic New England village greens; concerts, plays and world-class art exhibits; rolling hills, lakes, and a 250-mile shoreline; the world’s largest casino; restaurants offering every cuisine under the sun; and four gorgeous seasons. Housing options range from urban apartments to gracious small towns and 200-year old farmhouses. The public schools consistently rank at the top nationwide, and the state also has more private schools per capita than any other state. And in 2007, four of Connecticut’s towns were ranked among the top 100 places to live in the U.S. by Money magazine: Rocky Hill, Somers, Trumbull and North Haven, with Rocky Hill earning the highest ranking at #35. All of which make Connecticut a great place to live and work for Henkel employees.
Outdoor Adventure and Natural Attractions
With 137 state parks, 800 miles of hiking trails, 230 lakes and ponds, and an expansive coastline, Connecticut is the perfect place to get reacquainted with Mother Nature. Hike the Appalachian Trail, kayak through the Thimble Islands in Long Island Sound, soak up the sun at Hammonasset Beach, or pedal your bike down the Farmington Valley Greenway, a 26-mile multi-use trail that spans five towns along the Farmington River. Connecticut comes alive during fall foliage season, and there are few places in the East where the leaves are more vibrant and the autumn air as crisp. When winter arrives, it’s just a short drive north to Vermont and New Hampshire, which offer New England’s highest mountains and an abundance of skiing and snowboarding.
At Mystic Aquarium, check out the amazing sea creatures from belugas to sea lions. Don't miss Dr. Robert Ballard's deep-sea exploration center, Challenge of the Deep. At nearby Mystic Seaport, America's 17-acre museum of the sea, you can walk the decks of America's only surviving wooden whaling ship.
Lake Compounce Theme Park in Bristol has over 50 thrilling rides and attractions for the entire family to enjoy. The Lake is also home to Splash Harbor, Connecticut’s biggest water park, and Boulder Dash, voted the #1 wooden roller coaster in the world!
Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard is the nation’s largest, with over 7,000 slots, three hotels and plenty of nightclubs and entertainment. The Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville features two casinos with nearly 300 table games and over 6,200 slot machines. Highlights include the Shops at Mohegan Sun, Wolf Den, and world-class entertainment.
The Connecticut Wine Trail is a group of 15 charming vineyards across the state that offer award-winning wines as well as spectacular views of the Litchfield Hills and the Connecticut shoreline.
Culture and the Arts
With nearly 100 museums and performing arts theaters, there’s art around virtually every corner in the state.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford is the oldest public art museum in America and has more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years on display. Yale University in New Haven has outstanding museums, including the Center for British Art, the University Art Gallery and the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Live theater thrives in Connecticut. The Hartford Stage Company and the Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven both produce classics and world premiere dramas that have moved to New York and garnered Tony Awards and Pulitzer Prizes. The Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam offers nationally acclaimed musicals performed in a historic Victorian theater overlooking the Connecticut River.
The Connecticut Opera is one of the oldest opera companies in America, and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is a major attraction for music lovers in the region.
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, the Hartford Civic Center, and the Chevrolet Theater in Wallingford offer first-class entertainment with concerts, touring productions of Broadway musicals, and children’s entertainment.
The Mark Twain House and Museum Center in Hartford is where America’s leading writer and humorist created many of his masterpieces, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Hartford and the surrounding region have a variety of first-rate shopping venues. Westfarms Mall in Farmington has 160 upscale shops, including the only Nordstrom in Connecticut. The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester offers 1.2 million square feet of space with 140 shops. Blue Back Square in West Hartford Center is a lifestyle complex with 30 retail stores, six restaurants and movie theater.
Sports to Watch
In Connecticut, college sports are tops, led by the UCONN Men’s and Women’s basketball national championship teams. There’s also the Hartford Wolf Pack of AHL hockey, minor league baseball, and auto racing at Lime Rock Park. Golf fans look forward to the annual Travelers Championship, which brings the PGA tour to Connecticut.
Sports to Play
If golf is your game, there are more than 35 public courses within a 30-minute drive from downtown Hartford. For those who prefer their sports on water, Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River offer plenty of opportunities for fishing and boating. Try canoeing or tubing down the Farmington River, or hike the Appalachian Trail. When the weather turns colder, there’s plenty of skiing and snowboarding at the 66 ski slopes in the New England states.
Connecticut offers a breadth of higher education options with more than 45 in-state colleges and universities. The University of Connecticut and Connecticut State University system offer competitive public university educations. Among the many private schools is Yale University, founded in 1701, recognized as one of the world's leading centers for teaching and research.
Connecticut is perfectly situated between Boston and New York City. Bradley International Airport and other regional airports make it easy to get in and out of Connecticut for business or pleasure. Bradley offers 300 daily flights, and launched daily nonstop service to Europe in July 2007 via Northwest Airlines to Amsterdam. Amtrak and Metro North train services also offer convenient travel throughout the Northeast.