Recently, I've been whining about how expensive it is to make ends meet while living in Connecticut.

As I've told friends and family from time to time, "Instead of complaining non-stop, how about taking a step back and appreciate the good things in your life?"

So, I'm going to take my own advice, and point out ten reasons why Connecticut is so awesome.

New York City

The Big Apple is only a day trip away. It's only 90 minutes from northern Fairfield County, and 30 minutes from the southern part of the county.

 Beautiful Beaches

Jennings Beach, Calf Pasture Beach, Penfield Beach, Sherwood IslandCompo Beach.

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Pizza

Some of the best in Connecticut are, Sally's Apizza (New Haven), Frank Pepe         Pizzeria Napoletena (New Haven), Modern Apizza (New Haven), Colony Grill           (Stamford, Fairfield, Milford), and Stanziato's (Danbury).

Fall Foliage

Click this link for fall foliage driving routes in Connecticut.

Ct Fall Foliage - Laura Toth

Amusement Parks

Check out Lake Compounce in Bristol, and Quassy Amusement Park in                   Middlebury and for a bigger thrill, Six Flags New England in Springfield, MA.

Mystic Aquarium and the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

Fish has got you covered in Connecticut. Known as one of the best aquariums in the northeast, Mystic has the only beluga whale exhibit in New England.

Burgers 

Connecticut lays claim to some of the best burger joints in the country like Louis's Lunch in New Haven, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Dew Drop Inn, Derby, The Lakeside Pub, Danbury and T.K's American Cafe, Danbury.

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Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun

Concerts, shopping, amazing restaurants, and gambling all in one beautiful complex.

Seafood, My God the Seafood!

Here are a couple of must-go seafood restaurants in Connecticut: Abbott's Lobster in the Rough, Guilford Lobster Pound, and Captain Scott's Lobster Dock. Out of the water and into your mouth!

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 The UCONN Women Huskies

Since the Lady Huskies' debut back in 1974, they've compiled a 1,045-288 win/loss record, and hold the record with 90 consecutive wins.

If there is any Connecticut awesomeness that I've missed, feel free to add your comments.

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