Instagram is one of the most loved social media platforms. After all, it’s fun to scroll through and laugh at memes, see adorable pet antics, and gawk at everyone’s excellent meals. If you love taking pictures for the ‘gram, there are lots of spots to snap photos in the Constitution State. From seasonal events to outdoor attractions, we’ve rounded up the five most Instagrammable places in Connecticut. We provide the inspiration — all you have to do is grab your smartphone and head out to create fabulous images.
Gillette Castle State Park
To immediately transport yourself and your pictures to an old-world, European hideaway, head to Gillette Castle State Park. The park has lots of hiking trails and lovely vantage points for photos, but the building has an unmatched medieval vibe. Stand far away from the structure and capture the entire thing as the backdrop, or get close and focus on the stairways and stone walls. Either way, you’ll have social media-worthy images to post.
Another naturally beautiful area with an interesting structure, Saville Dam is on the Barkhamsted Reservoir. Not only can you get photos by the water, but the dam itself is worth having in the background of your photos. With a small, circular rotunda, a conical roof, and stone arches, it really is a lovely sight to behold. Take pictures from several different angles or along one of the hiking trails. The dam is undoubtedly one of the best places to take photos in Connecticut.
Mystic Seaport Museum
The Mystic Seaport Museum is known for its iconic lighthouse, yet there are plenty of areas on-site to take beautiful photos for social media. The museum is perhaps one of the most Instagrammable places in Connecticut, with the lovely waterside and the presence of many boats along the river. Historic ships dock at the seaport often, so you can plan to take pictures while one is in town. If you want your images to have coastal vibes, it’s definitely the place to go.
Whether or not you like to eat seafood, head to Lobster Landing for quintessential New England photos. The building has a cozy feel with its rustic lettering and white wooden siding. There are also buoys out front to add to the freshly-caught vibes. Grab a lobster roll while you’re there, and instead of taking a selfie, let your food have the shining moment in your Instagram feed. Or you could simply snap photos of the boats docked outside.
When you’re looking for somewhere jolly to flood your Instagram feed, plan to go to Glow Hartford. Not only will you find thousands of holiday lights, but there are also large-scale installations that are perfect to photograph. Live music and a vendor market also make great images, and plenty of child-friendly attractions are on-site. One bonus is several areas are specifically designed for photographs, so the options are almost endless.
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