There are many ways to experience the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy—at a leisurely pace—the region's historic sites, museums, natural areas, country fairs, festivals and other activities. In addition to the areas highlighted below, you will find many delightful sites that are open periodically. Inquire locally about them and about restaurants, lodging facilities, campgrounds, and antique and craft shops.
During Walking Weekend each year, more than 67 guided walks are offered at historic, natural, and cultural areas throughout the 35 towns in the valley. These special events are always held during the Columbus Day holiday weekend. In August and September, agricultural fairs are staged in various communities. An Antiquing Weekend is held the first weekend in November. Each year Norwich holds a Rose Arts Festival in June and an Oktoberfest.