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Attractions

 

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.

Essex Steam Train

1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT
(860) 767-0103       
www.essexsteamtrain.com

Take a sightseeing adventure aboard the only steam train and riverboat connection in the U.S. Meander through the countryside aboard vintage rail cars pulled by an authentic steam locomotive. Then climb aboard a riverboat for a cruise along the Connecticut River. The steam train is waiting for the return trip back.

Museums

 

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.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT
(203) 838-9799
www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com

The National Historic Landmark is one of the earliest Second Empire Style country houses in the U.S. Take a guided tour, Wednesday through Sunday, and view the beautiful detail that went into building the home, and learn how this house was built, along with the history of the families that lived there.

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 desplays, live presentations and more! Engage with science, technology, engineering and math via dynamic programs and stage presentations.

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

 

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.

Garde Arts Center

325 State Street, New London, CT
(860) 444-7373
gardearts.org
The Garde presents the best in performing arts including national Broadway musical tours, headliner entertainment, dance, opera, family and special events and authors. Contemporary, classic and independent film as well as movie premieres are featured on a giant screen with state-of-the-art digital projection.

Hartford Staage

50 Church Street, Hartford, CT
(860) 527-5151
www.hartfordstage.org

Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theatres in the U.S. It’s known for entertaining audiences with a wide range of the best of world drama, from classics to new plays, musicals and neglected works from the past. The theatre has earned many of the nation’s most distinguished awards.

The Palace Stamford

61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT
(203) 325-4466
www.palacestamford.org
Presenting exciting entertainment that enhances and enriches the cultural, educational, economic and social life of the community. The season includes concerts, theatre performances, family entertainment and more. The educational programs instill an appreciation for the arts.

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.

Stamford Symphony

Stamford Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic Street, Stamford, CT
(203) 325-4466
www.stamfordsymphony.org
The Stamford Symphony features 60 musicians, and is the only fully professional orchestra in southern CT. Families with children can arrive at 2 p.m. for Sunday orchestra concerts to participate in MusiKids — an interactive, informative and fun session. Remember, kids are free on Sundays!

Sports

 

Yale Athletics

(203) 432-1400
www.yalebulldogs.com

There’s always sports excitement at Yale. Enjoy a day of football at the world famous Yale Bowl. And, watch fast-paced hockey action at the Ingalls Rink. Cheer on the Bulldogs. Check out the full season schedules at www.yalebulldogs.com.