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ATTRACTIONS    back to top

BISHOP’S ORCHARDS
1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
(203) 453-2338
www.bishopsorchards.com
Since 1871, Bishops Orchards has served the shoreline with fresh farm products. The farm market has grown to a simple, yet bustling market, handling fresh fruits and vegetables, a fully operating bakery, specialty foods and grocery. Open year-round, pick-your-own fun almost every month.

BLACK HALL OUTFITTERS
Old Lyme, Westbrook, CT
(860) 434-9680
www.blackhalloutfitters.com
Black Hall Outfitters is CT’s premier paddle sport destination. They have direct access to the most beautiful coastline in New England, perfect to paddle and explore. Their fleet of stand up paddleboards (SUP), kayaks, friendly staff and fully equipped retail stores will create an unforgettable and affordable day for your family getaway or group’s outing.

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.

CHELSEA PIERS CONNECTICUT
1 Blachley Road, Stamford
(203) 989-1000        
www.chelseapiersct.com
One of the finest sports and recreational complexes in the country offering instructional programs, camps, sports leagues, competitive teams, fitness and drop-in fun for children and adults. Athletes of all ages and abilities will find 400,000 square feet of unparalleled sports facilities and a vast array of classes.

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.

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.

ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
(401) 785-3510
www.rwpzoo.org
A beautiful, peaceful setting that’s home to more than 100 species including a Komodo dragon, zebras, red pandas, African elephants, Masai giraffes, snow leopards, bears, anteaters, flamingoes, sloths, alligators and more. Feed the giraffes, harbor seals and a variety of farm animals.

MUSEUMS    back to top

THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT
(860) 231-2824
www.thechildrensmuseumct.org
The Children’s Museum is a premier education center for children in preschool through middle school. Home to more than 100 live animals, the museum features hands-on exhibits, out-of-this-world digital planetarium shows and programs for young children and families.

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.

FLORENCE GRISWOLD MUSEUM
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT         
(860) 434-5542
www.florencegriswoldmuseum.org
Come enjoy the pinnacle of American Impressionism. Located on five acres near the banks of the Lieutenant River, the Georgian-style mansion is as breathtaking as the works of art that it houses. The former boarding house and art colony is a true gateway to our state’s rich artistic history.

PROVIDENCE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
100 South Street, Providence, RI
(401) 273-5437
www.childrenmuseum.org
The Providence Children’s Museum presents hands-on, play-based exhibits and programs that explore arts, culture and science, technology, engineering and math. The museum is dedicated to the idea that children learn through play, and that play is good for children and their families. Designed for children, ages 1 to 11 and their adult caregivers.

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

THE BUSHNELL
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT
(860) 987-5900
www.bushnell.org
As Connecticut’s premier presenter of the performing arts, The Bushnell has delighted and inspired audiences for more than seven decades and plays a leading role in the state’s cultural life. The Bushnell is renowned for community programs, as well as being a leading educator and advocate of the arts.

CAPA/SHUBERT THEATER
247 College Street, New Haven, CT
(203) 562-5666
www.shubert.com
“The Birthplace of the Nation’s Greatest Hits.” Experience the best of Broadway, world-class family entertainment, internationally-acclaimed artists and multi-cultural events at the historic Shubert Theater. Opened in 1914, the legendary theater has been home to more than 300 world premiere productions.

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.

SPORTS    back to top

YALE FOOTBALL 2019
Yale Bowl, 81 Central Ave., New Haven, CT
(203) 432-1400
www.yale.edu/athletic
Enjoy a day of football excitement at the world famous Yale Bowl. Begin the day of fun with tailgating in one of the grassy parking areas. Cheer on the Bulldogs!

 

 

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