Sightseeing in Branford

Up to 45% Off Harbor Cruises from Schooner Inc

Schooner Inc

New Haven

$30 $17

The Quinnipiack, central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship, glides across the New Haven harbor, offering relaxing views

52% Off New Haven Ghost Walk Tour

Ghosts of New Haven

Downtown

$25 $12

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

New Britain Museum of American Art – Up to 48% Off Admission

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain

$24 $13

Collection of 10,000 works of art includes oils, acrylics, and sculptures culled from more than 300 years of American artistic endeavors

Up to 50% Off Electric-Bike Vineyard Tour

Treasure Cove Resort Marina

Riverhead

$199 $115

During a four-hour self-guided vineyard tour, customers explore the North Fork Wine Trail en route to vineyards aboard an electric bike

Up to 51% Off Tastings from Vintage Bicycle Tours

Vintage Bicycle Tours

Vintage Bicycle Tours

$158 $78

Guides lead approximately five-hour, 12-mile tour through Long Island wine country, including stops at wineries for eight total tastings

40% Off at Barnes Museum

The Barnes Museum

Southington

$10 $6

Home dating to 1836 presents a glimpse into Southington's past with antique furniture and clothing, Civil War letters, and restored gardens

Up to 51% Off at The New England Carousel Museum

The New England Carousel Museum

Bristol

$19 $10

(30)

Visitors see vintage carousels and a working Carousel; birthday parties include a carousel ride and themed craft

The Long Island Museum – 50% Off Admission or Membership

The Long Island Museum

Stony Brook

$18 $9

(18)

Affiliated with the Smithsonian, the museum offers visitors a glimpse of Long Island's past with art, carriages, and cultural artifacts

45% Off Walking Tour from Wethersfield Historical Society

Wethersfield Historical Society

Wethersfield

$20 $11

Tourists take in various aspects of colonial life in Wethersfield; non-profit, membership-supported organization with a focus on education

The Mark Twain House and Museum – Up to 46% Off

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Asylum Hill

$36 $20

The house of literary legend Samuel Clemens casts a light on his personality and career as well as America in the 19th century

Up to 43% Off Admission to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Asylum Hill

$20 $12

(83)

Museum located in the home of the famed American author welcomes visitors with historic artifacts and furnishings

Up to 63% Off a Wild-Food and Ecology Tour

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

Forage for wild mushrooms, salad greens, fruits, berries, and medicinal herbs while learning about the ecology of local parks and open space

Up to 57% Off at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

North Salem

$10 $7

Art gallery, cultural programs, and kids' events based around Eastern and Western traditions; Japanese garden meanders through the grounds

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The Shore Line Trolley Museum—founded in 1945—pays tribute to the bygone era of suburban trolleys. In its multisensory collection, the museum boasts nearly 100 vintage trolleys and exhibits chock-full of trolley-related artifacts including tokens, hat badges,and ticket punches.Throughout the year, the museum hosts seasonal events, from haunted trolley rides at Halloween to visits with Santa at Christmas.

17 River St
East Haven,
CT
US

Framed by Kosal's archivists comb a vast inventory of conservation materials to retrieve mats and mouldings that best showcase each client's valuables. By giving special attention to each custom framing order, the archivists carry on a tradition that began when the shop first began preserving artwork, keepsakes, and entire refrigerator doors. From in-store to at-home consultations, staff members guide customers toward the framing materials that optimize beauty and longevity. In addition to framing, Framed by Kosal's specialists offer photo restoration and large-format photo printing, and stock the store with a wide selection of art.

150 Main St
Monroe,
CT
US

Don't be fooled. Though it looks like a relatively small coaster, the Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark packs some serious thrills. A turnaround through a pitch-black tunnel and ample amounts of "air time" have made this coaster a favorite for many; in fact, The Coaster Critic put it on the list of the top 25 wooden coasters in 2012. And that's just 1 of more than 20 attractions sprinkled across the park grounds.

Once home to a summer resort, Quassy Amusement Park first began with a picnic area, paddleboats and a carousel. But Quassy really took shape around 1952, when the owners purchased some children's rides. A couple of the rides are still around today, including a boat ride that skims the surface of a circular trough filled with water, and two-seat jet fighters that send flyers up in an aircraft worthy of Flash Gordon. Of course, new kids' attractions have arrived over the decades, including the Frog Hopper, a seating platform that soars up a 16-foot tower and then descends with a series of quick, gentle drops.

Other areas cater to the whole family. Water cannons, fountains, and two slides drench visitors at the Splash Away Bay Water Park, and the Grand Carousel spins with jumping horses and other animals that have the patience to sit perfectly still.

The largest attraction at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is Lake Quassapaug, and the park makes great use of its waterfront location. In addition to lounging on the beach, visitors can take a boat tour or charter their own voyages on paddle boats.

Inside tip: When not on rides, park visitors should play a game of Whac-A-Mole or order some ribs at Quassy Restaurant.


Take a virtual ride on the park's star attraction, the Wooden Warrior.

2132 Middlebury Rd
Middlebury,
CT
US

When the drilling of Leduc #1 turned out to be a game-changing discovery of crude oil, it surprised a whole lot of people and essentially put Alberta on the world's map. That was in 1947. Five decades later, Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre was created to showcase the site and its ingenuity, as well as Canada's oil industry.

Here, science and discovery blend into one exciting experience stretched across 80 acres of exhibits, artifacts, and displays. Visitors can feast their eyes on award-winning films, get their hands dirty in an interactive lab, and even take a virtual ride in the world's largest drill bit, which is expected to replace family minivans in the near future. Additionally, tours with industry veterans provide insider facts, and stops to the gift shop ensure memories last long after visits end.

4450 Park Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

The only zoo in the state and a participant in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' Species Survival Program, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo has charmed visitors for more than 80 years with more than 300 cared-for critters and a mission that minds the tenets of ecological education, conservation, and recreation. Patrons brandishing a Director's Circle membership can visit the zoo an unlimited number of times for one year, plenty of time to navigate the sundry indoor and outdoor exhibits on the back of a Roomba. Guests can espy such endangered species as the siberian tiger, red wolf, and golden lion tamarin, as well as the zoo's most recent denizens on display: two canada lynx and a pair of common rhea. In spring, patrons can go snout-to-snout with a rare chacoan peccary piglet, whose birth made the zoo the first in the Northeast to host an infant of her species and prompted a feature in the Monroe Courier. Birds ride unsuspecting propeller beanies in the South American rainforest exhibit's free-flight aviary, and children play interspecies games of Heads Up, Seven Up in the prairie-dog exhibit's pop-up viewing capsules. After chowing down at the Peacock Café, groups can befriend more statuesque creatures on a vibrantly painted carousel.

1875 Noble Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US

The Connecticut River spans 410 miles from the border of Canada to Long Island Sound. Inside the Connecticut River Museum, visitors can span that space through exhibits that tell the stories of the river and the people who have lived along it. Aerial photographs and a large mural depict the evolution of the river communities through time, and the “On the Great River” exhibit showcases the early history of the river through artifacts and works of art. A reproduction of David Bushnell’s “Turtle” allows visitors to get up close to the submarine, turn the propeller, and pump the ballast intake. A huge mural, cannonballs, and ship fragments recall the night in April, 1814 when British forces traveled upriver and burned the privateer fleet in Essex. The river played a key role in the development of towns and cities in New England, providing everything as transportation routes to waterpower.

Along with long term and special exhibits, the Museum offers educational programs for adults and children as well as seasonal boat cruises up the River. Cruises travel along the lower river valley, labeled one of America’s last great places by the Nature Conservancy.

67 Main St
Essex,
CT
US