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Best Day Trips For Families Around Hartford

May 25, 2011 10:40 AM

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There are a number of exhibits and special events for both children and adults alike. (Credit: thecarouselmuseum.org)

There are a number of exhibits and special events for both children and adults alike. (Credit: thecarouselmuseum.org)

Looking for something to do with the family around Hartford? There are many great day trips for families around Hartford. Whether it’s sports, museums, zoos or just a day on the farm, there’s something for your family to do and enjoy.
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Kids can learn to tap maple syrup at Ambler Farm. (Credit: amblerfarm.org)

Ambler Farm

257 Hurlbutt St.
Wilton, Conn. 06897
(203) 834-1143
www.amblerfarm.org

What could be a better day trip for a family than visiting a working 200-year-old farm? The Ambler Farm in Wilton is one of the best day trips for families around Hartford. There’s lots to do at Ambler Farm for the kids including visiting the animals and watching the sheep being sheared. Adults can learn to knit and do other traditional crafts. During March there’s the maple syrup harvest. Annual events include Ambler Farm Day, Holiday Greens Sale and Valentine’s Tea. The farm is open every day of the year.

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The Beardsley Zoo has an exhibition of vampire bats. (Credit: beardsleyzoo.com)

Beardsley Zoo

1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, Conn. 06610
(203) 394-6565
www.beardsleyzoo.org

With more than 300 animals to view from both North and South America, the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is one of the best day trips for families around Hartford. Spend the day exploring exhibits like the South American rainforest or view a prairie dog residence. There’s also a carousel that the kids can ride on and a café to eat lunch at.

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Maritime Aquarium

10 North Water St.
Norwalk, Conn. 06854
(203) 852-0700
www.maritimeaquarium.org

The Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk offers one of the best day trips for families around Hartford. View different sea life in their “natural” habitat including sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish, crabs, reptiles and exotic frogs. There’s also an IMAX theater where you can see 3-D movies including major motion pictures like Harry Potter. The aquarium is open every day except for Christmas and Thanksgiving.

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The Sports Center hosts birthday parties for children. (Credit: sportscenterct.com)

The SportsCenter of Connecticut

784 River Rd.
Shelton, Conn. 06484
(203) 929-6500
www.sportscenterct.com

The SportsCenter of Connecticut is one of the best day trips for families around Hartford. No matter what the weather is outside, your family can enjoy games of various sports in this covered facility. There is a golf “practice” range, an 18-hole miniature golf course, baseball/softball batting cages, laser tag, bowling and “the world’s only double-decker ice arena.”

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There are a number of exhibits and special events for both children and adults alike. (Credit: thecarouselmuseum.org)

The New England Carousel Museum

95 Riverside Ave. (Route 72)
Bristol, Conn. 06010
(860) 585-5411
www.thecarouselmuseum.org

The New England Carousel Museum will be a hit with both the adults and children in your family. The museum “acquires, restores and preserves” carousels. There are a number of exhibits and special events for both children and adults alike.

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Mystic Seaport

75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
(888) 973-2767
www.mysticseaport.org

Mystic Seaport – The Museum of America and the Sea – is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Explore American maritime history first-hand as you climb aboard historic tall ships, stroll through a re-created 19th-century coastal village or watch a working preservation shipyard in action. Founded in 1929, more than 300,000 people continue to visit Mystic Seaport annually. Spring and Summer Schedule (March 26 to Oct. 30, open daily): 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fall Schedule (Oct. 31 to Nov. 27, open daily): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Winter Schedule (Nov. 28 to Jan. 1, open Thursday-Sunday): 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Mystic Aquarium

55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-5955
www.mysticaquarium.org

This is a trip you’re sure to love. At Mystic Aquarium, close encounters of the incredible kind happen every day! Whether you’re touching a ray, feeling the splash of a beluga whale, going beak-to-nose with a penguin or exploring the deep sea with the world’s only exhibits on Dr. Robert Ballard’s fascinating expeditions, you’ll be closer to ocean life than you ever thought possible. Mystic Aquarium is open daily, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. December – February: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April – October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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