July 5, 2024

Things to Do on Assignment in Connecticut

If your next travel nurse assignment has you packing your bags for Connecticut, you are in for an assignment filled with amazing opportunities for exploration. Connecticut has something for everyone, from bustling urban areas to small New England towns.

Healthcare travelers will enjoy immersing themselves in American history, trekking through beautiful natural areas, or exploring Constitution State’s many activities. To help you get started, we’ve rounded up the top places you’ll enjoy on assignment in Connecticut.

Top Travel Nurse Connecticut Destinations


Travel nurses don’t want to miss the magic of Mystic. This tranquil coastal town offers a charming downtown area filled with boutiques, restaurants, and the infamous Mystic Pizza, which earned worldwide fame after the 1988 film shot at and inspired by the mom-and-pop pizza shop. When in Mystic, take time to explore the Mystic Seaport, the nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore historic ships, a recreated 19th-century seafaring village, and hands-on exhibits.


The capital of Connecticut offers plenty of shopping, dining, and nightlife, but its cultural experiences are truly one-of-a-kind. Book-loving travelers will love to visit the Mark Twain House and Museum, the author’s beautiful preserved Victorian Gothic home, and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. Other local attractions include the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, and the Connecticut Science Center. A historic 1914 carousel is in Bushnell Park, offering a bit of whimsy right in the heart of the city.

New Haven

New Haven is a dynamic city with a thriving arts scene, active nightlife, and delicious local cuisine. It’s also close to many beautiful outdoor locations. Healthcare travelers will enjoy exploring the Yale University campus and surrounding neighborhood, a bustling area filled with coffee shops, bookstores, and eclectic food spots. Downtown New Haven is a great place to enjoy the local music scene, with College Street Music Hall and Toad’s Place being popular spots for live performances.

Travel nurses can head to East Rock Park to enjoy outdoor recreation and hiking, and nearby Hammonasset Beach State Park provides sandy shores, a nature center, and plenty of swimming and fishing spots.


Healthcare travelers will find plenty to do between shifts in Stamford. Downtown is home to over 80 restaurants and clubs, plus live events, galleries, and theaters, so healthcare travelers will never be short of entertainment. The Palace Theatre hosts a range of performances, from concerts to Broadway shows, throughout the year. Travelers can also explore Harbor Point, a rapidly developing waterfront district great for walking, biking, and enjoying the marina.

Top Connecticut Recreational Spots

Buttonwood Farm

Situated in Griswold, Buttonwood Farm is a delightful destination, especially during the sunflower season in mid-July. The farm plants acres of sunflowers annually, attracting visitors with its stunning fields and the Sunflowers for Wishes event, which supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Healthcare travelers can also indulge in some delicious, small-batch ice cream made right on the farm, serving up over 50 flavors and house-made waffle cones.

Gillette Castle State Park

Gillette Castle State Park is an absolute must-see for healthcare travelers looking for a unique adventure on their Connecticut assignment. Perched atop the Seven Sisters hills, Gillette Castle is a quirky, fascinating structure with distinctive architectural features that attract over 300,000 visitors annually. In the surrounding state park, healthcare travelers can enjoy breathtaking views of the Connecticut River and plenty of hiking, picnicking, and photography.

Bear Mountain Reservation

For a dose of Connecticut nature, healthcare travelers can head to Bear Mountain Reservation in Danbury. This scenic area boasts numerous trails suitable for hiking, running, and bird watching – and the park is dog-friendly. The views from the summit are particularly rewarding, offering panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside.

Silver Sands State Park

Located in Milford, Silver Sands State Park offers a more secluded beach experience than Hammonasset Beach mentioned above. The park features sandy shores, salt marshes, and a boardwalk that leads to the unique Charles Island, which can be reached by foot during low tide.

Litchfield Hills

The Litchfield Hills region is perfect for a relaxing weekend getaway. Known for its rolling hills, charming small towns, and scenic beauty., healthcare travelers can explore the antique shops in Litchfield, visit the White Memorial Conservation Center, or hike to the top of Mount Tom for stunning views.

Thimble Islands

Off the coast of Branford, the Thimble Islands are a unique archipelago with charming names and fascinating histories. Take a guided boat tour to learn about the islands, some featuring quaint cottages and mansions. More adventurous travelers may enjoy kayaking around the islands.

Lake Compounce

For a bit of fun and excitement, healthcare travelers should head to Lake Compounce in Bristol, America’s oldest continuously operating amusement park. The park offers a mix of thrilling rides, water attractions, and family-friendly entertainment. It’s a great spot to unwind and have fun on days off.

Connecticut Enacts Nurse Licensure Compact Law

Great news for travel nurses: Connecticut has joined the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), signed into law by Gov. Ned Lamont on May 30, 2024. For travel nurses with multistate licenses, booking assignments in CT will be easier than ever! The law is scheduled to go into effect on October 1, 2025, expanding travel nurse job opportunities in Connecticut.

Travel With TNAA

Connecticut offers travel nurses a wealth of experiences, from historical landmarks and cultural attractions to natural beauty and recreational activities. Balancing work and exploration is easy in this vibrant and diverse state. Get ready to discover all Connecticut offers on your next travel assignment!

When you travel with TNAA, you’re traveling with an agency that has your back every step of the way. Housing, credentialing, benefits, sick leave – we’ve got you covered. All you have to do is pack your bags and decide where you’re going.

Ready to make Connecticut your next travel healthcare destination? Check out our available jobs in Connecticut and apply today!