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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
132 Shore Road, Old Lyme, CT
(860)-434-9680       
www.blackhalloutfitters.com
Black Hall Outfitters, located on the Black Hall River at the Great Island Salt Water Estuary, is considered one of the top destinations in the Northeast for paddle sports, fishing and outdoor marine recreation. Sales, rentals, lessons and outings for kayaking, kayak fishing and stand-up paddle boarding are available.

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 creature in between.

CONNECTICUT’S BEARDSLEY ZOO
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
203-394-6565
www.beardsleyzoo.org
Go wild at the Zoo! Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is one of Connecticut’s top family attractions. Spend an hour or the whole day and see more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Come learn about the many endangered and threatened zoo inhabitants

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 Lane Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
(800) 369-9663
www.foxwoods.com
Foxwoods is one of the premier entertainment destinations in the northeast. The best video games of yesterday and today are at the Tree House Arcade.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS
New Haven, CT
888-ART-IDEA
www.artidea.org
From June 9-23, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, featuring performing arts, lectures and conversations, is taking over the theaters, open spaces and courtyards of New Haven. The city is transformed into a family-friendly festival of artistic expression and fun.

OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA
800-733-1830
www.osv.org
The living history museum brings The Charlotte’s Web Experience to the village, from July 5-August 26. The play is held outdoors adjacent to the Freeman Farm, a working farm where costumed historians and farmers demonstrate the daily life of a typical New Englander in the 1830s.

PROJECT OCEANOLOGY
1084 Shennecossett Road, Avery Point, Groton, CT
860-445-9007
www.oceanology.org
Discover the wonders of the sea during an Oceanographic Cruise. Bring the entire family aboard Project Oceanology’s Enviro-Lab research vessel, roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet by pulling trawl lines and handling marine animals in an unparalleled learning experience of hands-on, brains-on marine science.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT! TIMES SQUARE
234 West 42nd Street, New York
212-398-3133
www.RipleysNewYork.com
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Times Square invites guests of all ages to experience the unbelievable mysteries of our world. It’s currently the largest “Believe It or Not!” in North America with over 20 galleries and more than 500 artifacts from the unique Ripley’s Collection.

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 HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT
(860) 236-5621
www.www.chs.org
Established in 1825, CHS is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. It houses more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts and other historical materials that help Connecticut residents connect with each other and make informed decisions based on the past and present.

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 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.

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.

SHORE LINE TROLLEY MUSEUM
17 River Street, East Haven
(203) 467-6927
www.shorelinetrolley.org
Savor the atmosphere of the trolley era. Ride the historic Branford Electric Railway, the oldest continually operating suburban trolley in the U.S. A national historic site. Days of operation: Open weekends in May and June. Daily, Father’s Day-Labor Day. Weekends in September. Charters and special events available.

STAMFORD MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER
39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT
(203) 322-1646
www.stamfordmuseum.org 
Over 80 acres of nature trails and a wide variety of exhibits make for the perfect educational family fun day. In addition to a vast museum collection and the wondrous Bendel Mansion, the center features an Otter Pond, the Heckscher Farm, an Animal Embassy and an Observatory and Planetarium!

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.

HARTFORD STAGE
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.

QUICK CENTER FOR THE ARTS
1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield CT
(203) 254-4010
quickcenter.fairfield.edu
The Quick Center for the Arts serves as the center of the creative and cultural community in Fairfield County, providing a home for the exploration of remarkable and inspiring performing arts opportunities. Each year, over 40,000 audience members attend and participate in over 400 events.

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

CONNECTICUT OPEN
CT Tennis Center at Yale, 45 Yale Ave., New Haven, CT
855-464-8366
www.ctopen.org
From August 17-25, women’s tennis players at the top of their game will compete, along with the rising stars of tomorrow. There will also be entertainment off the court, including Kids Day, live music, food trucks and more.

 

 

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