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Top Activities To Celebrate Father’s Day In Connecticut

June 6, 2014 8:00 AM

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New Britain Stadium. (Photo:  Tristano Korlou)

New Britain Stadium. (Photo: Tristano Korlou)

Father’s Day is June 15, and that is the last Sunday of spring, which in Connecticut usually means it will be a grand day to go outside.  Connecticut has a lot of outdoor treasures and treats and places to have adventures, go exploring or learn about the people, places and things that made it such a great state. For dads who like sports, the outdoors, animals and history, Connecticut offers a lot of choices to make Father’s Day a day to remember.

Rock Cats Baseball
New Britain Stadium
230 John Karbonic Way
New Britain, CT 06051
(860) 224-8383
www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t538

Baseball is the national past time, so take dad out to the ball game for Father’s Day. On Sunday afternoon, June 15, the New Britain Rock Cats host the Trenton Thunder at their field in New Britain. There are several special events to mark Father’s Day at the field, including a free golf ball giveaway to the first 500 men 18 and older to enter the park and a chance to take part in a game of catch with the players on the field. There is, of course, all of that traditional ball park food – peanuts, popcorn, hot dogs, beer and more. The Rock Cats are a Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and many of their players are eventually brought up to “the show” in the majors.

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The Danbury Railway Museum
120 White St.
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 778-8337
www.danbury.org/drm

At Christmas, dad puts electric trains around the Christmas tree for the kids, so it is only fitting that on Father’s Day, the kids let dad play with some trains and take dad on a train ride. The Danbury Railway Museum has real trains to ride and walk through, as well as a scale model railroad to play with. There are over 70 antique rail cars and engines to board. There are hands-on activities all around the six-acre grounds and indoor historical exhibits to see, as well as a library and gift shop to visit. Volunteers, many of them former railroad firemen and engineers, give tours of the rail yard and turntable and are more than happy to answer questions or just tell train stories. Best of all, on weekends, including Father’s Day weekend, there are train rides.

Farmington River Tubing
92 Main St.
New Hartford, CT 06057
(860) 693-6465
www.farmingtonrivertubing.com

Instead of sitting back in a recliner, this Father’s Day let dad sit back in a big inflatable inner tube and let the current take him down the Farmington River. Farmington River Tubing in New Hartford provides the inner tubes and life vests, a guide at the second rapids on the river and a bus to bring tubers back to base at the end of the 2.5-mile ride through the ominously named Satan’s Kingdom State Recreation Area. There are three sets of rapids and some rocks to navigate along the white water, but this is an easy, fun adventure activity for the whole family, although one in which every participant will get wet. Participants must be at least 10 years old and four feet tall, and should weigh at least 50 pounds and be in good health.

A Day in Barnum’s ConneCTicut
ConneCTions
Darien, CT 06820
(203) 656-0207
www.connectionsgrouptours.com

Dads love history, but this Father’s Day, let someone else take him and the family on a tour. ConneCTions of Darien has dozens of tours, including ghost hunts and visits to celebrity homes and old colonial and indian sites, but one of the most popular for the whole family is the “A Day in Barnum’s ConneCTicut.” The escorted tour on foot and by motorcoach takes visitors to Bethel and Bridgeport, his hometown and the “city Barnum built.” See the sights, enjoy bits of trivia and stories from Barnum historians and end it all with lunch at the Putnam House Restaurant.

Beardsley Zoo
1875 Noble Ave.
Bridgeport, CT 06610
(203) 394-6565
www2.beardsleyzoo.org/bzoo

Father’s Day is too nice a day to sit inside. Dads like the outdoors, nature and animals, and one of the best places in the state to enjoy all three is the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. This is the only zoo in the state, and it has everything from local domesticated farm stock to wild beasts from the African savannah. The zoo welcomed four new baby otters to the world in April, and there is always something – or someone – new to see every time. There are lots of animals and exhibits to see and many places to take a break and have a snack.

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Mark G. McLaughlin is a professional and prolific writer with a proven publishing record in a wide variety of fields. An historian, novelist, freelance journalist, ghost-writer, book reviewer, magazine editor, web and magazine columnist, Mark has more than 30 years of experience. His work can be found at Examiner.com.

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