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1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
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
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.
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
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.
CONNECTICUT’S BEARDSLEY ZOO
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
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 America. Come learn about the many endangered and threatened species.
THE DINOSAUR PLACE™ AT NATURE’S ART
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT
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.
ESSEX STEAM TRAIN
1 Railroad Avenue, Essex, CT
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.
FOXWOODS RESORT CASINO
350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
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.
IT ADVENTURE ROPES COURSE
40 Sargent Drive, New Haven, CT
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
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.
QUASSY AMUSEMENT PARK
2132 Middlebury Road, Middlebury, CT
Overlooking sparkling Lake Quassapaug, the park features rides, attractions, entertainment and food for a day of affordable family fun. There is an assortment of thrill rides including Splash Away Bay, Free Fall “N” Drop Tower, the award-winning “Wooden Warrior” roller coaster and kiddieland areas for the little ones.
ROGER WILLIAMS PARK ZOO
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI
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.
CONNECTICUT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
1 Elizabeth Street, Hartford, CT
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
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
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
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
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.
THE NEW ENGLAND AIR MUSEUM
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT
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
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.
YALE PEABODY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT
Enormous dinosaur fossils dominate the Great Hall of this family-friendly venue housing 4 billion years of history. See a dazzling array of gems, minerals and meteorites, learn about earthquakes and tsunamis, peer inside an Egyptian tomb and visit live creature exhibits in the Discovery Room. Exit 3 off I-91.
100 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT
Renaissance Revival-style theater showcases a performance schedule boasting professional Broadway productions, well-known comedy acts, musicians, top quality family entertainment and more.
80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, CT
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.