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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.

BRONX ZOO
2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY
(800) 433-4149
www.bronxzoo.com
There’s something new at the Bronx Zoo — the Total Experience exhibit! Climb and crawl to new heights or explore the environment around you. Get a fresh perspective on nature! The 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.

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.

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
55 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.flogris.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 that it houses. The former boarding house and art colony is a true gateway to our state’s rich artistic history.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS MUSEUM
1 State Street, New Haven, CT
(203) 865-0400
www.kofcmuseum.org
Located in New Haven, where the Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882, the museum features world-class exhibits of artwork and history, particularly those representing the heritage of Catholicism. The family-friendly facility offers free admission and onsite parking.

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.

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.

RAILROAD MUSEUM OF NEW ENGLAND
242 East Main Street, Thomaston, CT
(860) 283-7245
www.rmne.org
Board restored vintage passenger coaches and see a side of the Naugatuck Valley that you can’t get from your car! The train ride, along the Naugatuck River, passes by the site of Waterbury’s brass mills. Complete the trip with a ride across the Thomaston Dam. Leave time to tour the depot’s displays.

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.

SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS
21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA           
(800) 625-7738
www.springfieldmuseums.org
Visit world-class museums: the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum and the Museum of Springfield History and The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

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!

YALE PEABODY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT
(203) 432-5050
www.peabody.yale.edu
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.

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.

TOYOTA PRESENTS OAKDALE
95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT
(203) 265-1501
http://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.

WARNER THEATRE
68 Main Street, Torrington, CT
(860) 489-7180, ext. 121
www.warnertheatre.org
Built by Warner Brothers Studios and opened in 1931 as a movie palace, the Warner Theatre was described then as “Connecticut's Most Beautiful Theatre.” Today the theatre features a wide variety of shows for the entire family. See plays, performances for children, musical entertainment, opera and more.

SPORTS    back to top

YALE ATHLETICS
New Haven, CT
(203) 432-1400
www.yalebulldogs.com
Enjoy sports excitement at Yale. Watch football action at the Yale Bowl; hoops at the John J. Lee Amphitheater and hockey at the Ingalls Rink. Cheer on the Bulldogs to victory! Check www.yalebulldogs.com for schedules.

 

 

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