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Our CT Ambassadors from Mommy Poppins.com are back with some great suggestions for fun family activities all across Connecticut—all winter long!
Featuring: Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Bushnell Park | Connecticut Science Center | Discovery Depot at Nature's Art Village | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | RPM Raceway Stamford | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Each fall, people visit Connecticut to see brilliant displays of foliage in every corner of the state. But even if you live here, there may be a few spots in Connecticut that you’ve never seen, and the fall season is a great time to discover them for yourself. Here are just a few hidden gems worth exploring during the fall.
Featuring: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Comstock Covered Bridge | Grace Farms | New England Motorcycle Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Sachem Farmhouse B&B | The Vanilla Bean Café
Research shows that 7.2 million vacation days go unused in Connecticut every year. Now, with a new nationwide study touting the health benefits of taking more of your hard-earned Paid Time Off (PTO) days, we’ve got a few suggestions on how you can “take your time” — while playing tourist right here at home.
Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques on the Farmington | Argia Mystic Cruises | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Book Barn | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Breck Marshall at Mystic Seaport | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Cathedral Pines Farm | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Dinosaur State Park | Florence Griswold Museum | G Spa at Foxwoods | General David Humphreys House (c.1698) | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Hollister House Garden | Kent Falls State Park | Leffingwell House Museum | Lighthouse Point Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Lyme Art Association | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystic Whaler Cruises | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Science & Sailing | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ogden House & Gardens | Osborne Homestead Museum | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Quinebaug River Trail | Roseland Cottage Museum | S&P Oyster Co. | Saybrook Point Inn Marina & Spa | Schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Ski Sundown | Sleeping Giant State Park | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of Essex | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Winvian Farm | Yale Center for British Art
For some city dwellers, winter may be the least popular season, but in Connecticut, we’ll show you why it’s our favorite. From tubing, skiing and even searching for the perfect Christmas tree, this short bucket list is packed with everything you need for outdoor adventures and indoor fun from December to March.
Featuring: Bantam Lake | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Fabyan Sugar Shack | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Inn | Gay City State Park | Hydeville Sugar Shack | Lamothe's Sugar House | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Miller Tree Farm | Millwright's Restaurant | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Oyster Club | Pell Farm | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | Sedona Taphouse | Ski Sundown | The Charcoal Chef | Union League Café | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Windswept Tree Farm | Yurechko Tree Farm
When Connecticut is covered in sparkling snow, some folks can’t wait to bundle up and head outdoors. But what if you’re the hibernating type? Here are six destinations sure to coax you out of your home—both frosty activities worth pulling on boots for as well as toasty comforts that will erase winter from your mind.
Featuring: Arethusa al tavolo | Ascot's at The Norwich Inn | Bar Bouchée | Chestnut Street Playhouse | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Earthplace, The Nature Discovery & Environmental Learning Center | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Inn at Middletown | Litchfield Distillery | Litchfield Inn | Madison Beach Hotel | Mohegan Sun | Pearl at Longshore | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | R.J. Julia Booksellers | RoseGarden Ice Arena | Sharpe Hill Vineyard | Terrain Garden Cafe | The Inn at Longshore | The Inn at Woodstock Hill | The Spa at Norwich Inn | Town of Litchfield | Town of Madison | Town of Westport | Tschudin Chocolates & Confections | Uncas Leap | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Westport Country Playhouse | White Memorial Foundation
Snowy New England winters are legendary. If you want to make the most of outdoor fun this winter, you don’t have to travel any farther north than Connecticut, where you can try anything from tubing down snow-covered slopes to climbing a wall of ice —without spending hours in the car. Here are a few great ways to get out there and play in the snow.
Featuring: Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Gay City State Park | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | Weir Farm National Historic Site | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center
Connecticut is an ideal destination for winter sports activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing. If you’re looking for a day trip, weekend or longer getaway, Connecticut has options for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the advanced to the novice. And there are many family-friendly winter ski destinations, offering activities for kids and adults. Grab your gear and get ready to hit the slopes!
Featuring: Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center
Shredding through mountain trails or gliding along an open road along the coast or through the countryside, there are so many ways to enjoy biking in Connecticut. We’ve pulled together a few recommendations and resources to help you find the ride that’s right for you.
Featuring: Bicycle Tour Company | Bluff Point Coastal Reserve | City of New Haven | Collis P. Huntington State Park | Connecticut Bed & Breakfast/Bicycle Trail | Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour | Farmington Canal Linear Park | Mohawk State Forest | Mystic Bike Rentals | Nathan Hale State Forest | Pedal Power - Vernon | Pedego SoNo Electric Bikes | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Rockland Preserve | Simsbury Free Bike | Town of Clinton | Town of Derby | Town of East Hampton | Town of Fairfield | Town of Greenwich | Town of Mystic | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Putnam | Town of Ridgefield | Town of Simsbury | Town of West Hartford | Town of Westport
Why should girls have all the fun? Whether you call it boys bonding or a mancation, getting away with the guys is a great way to unwind or recharge. And Connecticut is the perfect place to try many different activities in one short drive.
Featuring: Bluefin Sportfishing Charters | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Fields of Fire Adventure Park | Fire at the Ridge | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Front Street District | Guided Flyfishing Trips-Housatonic River Outfitters | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | Islander Sport Fishing Charters | Kent Falls State Park | Lime Rock Park | Mohegan Sun | On Track Karting | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Skydive Danielson | SoNo Nightlife | Stafford Motor Speedway | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Funny Bone Comedy Club & Restaurant | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun
Every September, the city of Munich, Germany comes alive with the legendary Oktoberfest celebration. Here in Connecticut, the tradition carries on with various events around the state in September and October. Check out a few of the Oktoberfest-style celebrations going on this fall.
Featuring: City of Hartford | City of Meriden | City of Milford | City of New Haven | City of Norwich | City of Shelton | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Town of Bethel | Town of Branford | Town of Chester | Town of Derby | Town of Middlebury | Town of Westport | Two Roads Brewing Company
Overview: This year’s crop of corn mazes is starting to come to life at farms all across Connecticut. Plan a day (or a night) exploring one or more of nature’s original escape rooms!
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Belltown Hill Orchards | Berkshire Balloons | Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery | Black Hog Brewing Company | Bruce Museum | Castle Hill Farm | Chester Charter, Inc. | City of Hartford | City of Milford | City of New London | Connecticut Dinosaur Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Dinosaur State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Ekonk Hill Turkey Farm | Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm | Fort Hill Farms | Giuffrida Park | Haley Farm State Park | Hidden Valley Preserve | HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino | Hogans Cider Mill | Holmberg Orchards & Winery | Kent Falls State Park | Lyman Orchards | March Farm | Mooney Time | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New England Cider Company | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Scott's Yankee Farmer | Silverman's Farm | Skydive Danielson | Spoke + Spy Ciderworks | Talcott Mountain State Park | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Pi