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Best City Escapes From Hartford

January 11, 2011 3:02 PM

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Sometimes you just need to get out of the city and away from it all. Some of the best city escapes from Hartford are not necessarily far in miles but will take you to another world. – Stephanie Geary

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

16 Tobey Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 242-3111
www.hookerbeer.com

A tour at the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company is one of the best city escapes from Hartford. What could be better than spending a day learning how great beer is crafted and then toasting to the industry with a cold mug of Ten Penny Ale? The beer at the Thomas Hooker Brewing Company is handcrafted using the finest malts, hops and ingredients. It’s the age-old beer-making tradition that makes this beer so fantastic. Hours for the brewery are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours and tastings take place the first and third Friday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. and every Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Connecticut Shoreline Bike and Boat Tour

Guilford Green
Guilford, CT 06437
(203) 856-7263
www.ctbiketours.com

What better way to escape the city than to take a tour of the shoreline by bike or by boat? The Connecticut Shoreline Bike and Boat Tour is one of the best city escapes from Hartford. It offers beautiful seaside views of marshes and sea estuaries. View nature in its natural habitat. You can also board the Volsunga V in Stony Creek for a 45-minute tour of the Thimble Islands. Tours run on Saturday and Sundays. Weekday tours are run on a limited basis. The tour usually departs at 9 a.m. and returns at 1 p.m.

Lake Compounce Theme Park

822 Lake Ave.
Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 583-3300
www.lakecompounce.com

Lake Compounce Theme Park is like having your own Disney World right in your own backyard. It’s also one of the best city escapes from Hartford. It offers more than 50 rides and attractions that are fun for the whole family. There’s also a water park and a wooden roller coaster called Boulder Dash. Tickets are around $35 for an adult and $25 for children. Hours at the park vary, so check the website for details.

A Yankee Balloon

120 Flax Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 255-1929
www.ayankeeballoon.com

What’s a better escape from the city than taking a hot-air balloon ride away from it all? A Yankee Balloon can offer you the best city escape from Hartford. Enjoy a hot-air balloon ride over the Connecticut countryside. A balloon can hold up to five people, or you can do a ride just for two. A champagne celebration follows each flight.

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