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State celebrates Open House day this weekend for many state parks

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ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) -

Anyone looking to check out Connecticut's state parks, homes and museums can do so on the cheap this weekend.

There are more than 170 free or reduced admission options thanks to Connecticut Open House Day.

It's the 12th year the state has offered the deal.

One such park is Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill where people can take a look at footprints the dinosaurs left behind when they roamed across the state. It's one of the largest dinosaur track sites in the U.S. Some of the tracks date back 200,000,000 years ago.

State tourism officials hope the day encourages families to get out and experience some of Connecticut's history and culture.

Saturday, visitors can check out the history from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and it's just one of more than 170 locations throughout the state.

People can also check out the Connecticut River. They can go inside the stone mansion at Gillette Castle in East Haddam built on top of a hill overlooking the river. The castle is the eccentric home built by William Gillette, the man who famously played Sherlock Holmes on stage, and, as legend has it, coined the phrase, "elementary, my dear Watson."

While down there, the Goodspeed Opera House is also on the list. Visitors can get a free tour of the Victorian theater built in 1876.

The Mark Twain House in Hartford will also be holding free family activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Not far away, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is free.

For a complete list of parks and other attractions that are participating, click here. 

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