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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.

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.

IT ADVENTURE ROPES COURSE
40 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT
(203) 812-9981
www.jordans.com/attractions/it
Looking for some fun? IT is located inside Jordan’s Furniture and is the world’s largest indoor adventure ropes course featuring over 150 different activities to experience in the air. Walk across ropes, balance on beams and zip 50 feet. Younger adventurers can try Little IT, which shrinks the activities so kids are only 32-inches off the ground.

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

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!

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.

THE NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT
(860) 623-3305
www.neam.org
Discover one of the world’s most outstanding collections of historic aviation artifacts. Sit in the cockpits of aircrafts, and don’t miss the flight science demos, build & fly activities and America Takes to the Air. which includes hands-on, interactive demonstrations.

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.

TOYOTA PRESENTS OAKDALE
95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT
(203) 265-1501
www.oakdale.com  
The year-round, 5,000 seat performing arts center features world-class entertainment throughout the year. See great children’s shows as well as other events that make for a terrific night out for mom and dad.

 

 

 

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