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ATTRACTIONS    back to top

BLACK HALL OUTFITTERS
132 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT
(860)-434-9680
blackhalloutfitters.com
Black Hall Outfitters, located on the pristine waters of the Great Island eco-sanctuary, is one of Connecticut's top paddling destinations! Sales, rentals, lessons and outings for kayaking, kayak fishing and stand-up paddle boarding are available; and our Weekly Kid's Paddle-Camp introduces kids to kayak and SUP! 

BRONX ZOO
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
(800) 433-4149        
www.bronxzoo.com
The Bronx Zoo is home to animals great and small. Visit the American Bison and lions, along with the butterfly garden and mouse house — and all creatures in between.

THE DINOSAUR PLACE™ AT NATURE’S ART
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT
(860) 443-1650        
www.naturesartvillage.com
Enjoy a day of educational exploration and discovery at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art! Stroll 50 acres of scenic woodlands and encounter life-sized dinosaurs along 1.5 miles of easy walking trails. Visit the Discovery Depot. Explore Jackpot Mine and Thunder Creek.

FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
(800) 369-9663
www.foxwoods.com
Foxwoods is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the northeast.  They’re taking thrills to the fast lane with Monza World Class Karting. Adventure takes flight at the High Flyer Zipline. And, of course they have the best video games at the Tree House Arcade and more.

LIME ROCK PARK
60 White Hollow Road, Lakeville, CT
(860) 435-5000
limerock.com
Lime Rock Park has been New England’s road racing home since 1957, and is the most significantly historic sports car road racing circuit in North America. This year they will host the Memorial Day Classic featuring the Trans Am Series, and the Labor Day weekend vintage racing extravaganza, Historic Festival 37.

MUSEUMS    back to top

CONNECTICUT SCIENCE CENTER
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
(860) SCIENCE
www.ctsciencecenter.org
Resources from near & far have come together to create a truly unique and powerful experience with lasting educational impact. 150 brand-new exhibits that include everything from race cars to rocket ships and brainwaves in your head to life on Mars. Build your own inventions using the hottest high tech tools!

CONNECTICUT TROLLEY MUSEUM
58 North Road, East Windsor, CT
(860) 627-6540
www.ct-trolley.org
Take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday. The museum features a variety of streetcars from the 1890s to 1950s, many of which are available for rides. A historically accurate educational experience through the preservation and operation of an electrical railway.

THE DISCOVERY MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
(203) 372-3521
www.discoverymuseum.org
The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80-seat auditorium and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted.

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE, BOSTON
1 Science Park, Boston, MA
(617) 723-2500
www.mos.org
Featuring a revolving schedule of temporary exhibits, IMAX films and planetarium shows, plus more than 700 interactive permanent exhibits, live presentations and more! Engage with science, technology, engineering and math via dynamic programs and stage presentations.

STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN
Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, CT
(203) 899-0606
www.steppingstonesmuseum.org
A fun, colorful and engaging environment that recognizes the value of play in promoting learning, creativity and discovery. As a special place where children of all ages are encouraged to explore, invent, test and observe, the museum is a leading destination for anyone seeking a “wow!” experience.

PERFORMING ARTS    back to top

PALACE THEATER
100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT
(203) 346-2000
www.palacetheaterct.org
Renaissance Revival-style theater showcases a performance schedule boasting professional Broadway productions, well-known comedy acts, musicians, top quality family entertainment and more.

RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE
80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT
(203) 438-5795
www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org
The Ridgefield Playhouse is a not-for-profit whose mission is to present a variety of performing arts to the community and the surrounding areas that can be enjoyed and experienced at a varied price point. The playhouse presents national and local acts, and is the cultural hub for the town of Ridgefield.

 

 

 

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