Sightseeing in Connecticut

Haunted-History Walking Tour for Two or Four with Ghost-Hunting Equipment from Spirit Expeditions (50% Off)

Spirit Expeditions

Downtown

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

$50 $25

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Visits or Memberships at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden (Up to 57% Off). Four Options Available.

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

North Salem

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

$10 $7

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Admission for Four to Timexpo: The Timex Museum (Up to $24 Value)

Timexpo: The Timex Museum

Waterbury

Explore all the ways Timex revolutionized timekeeping and the local area by participating in interactive and educational exhibits

$24 $14

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Wild-Food and Ecology Tour for Two, Four, or Six from "Wildman" Steve Brill (Up to 63% Off)

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

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

$40 $20

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Admission for Two or Four to New Britain Museum of American Art (Up to 48% Off)

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain

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

$24 $13

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Museum Admission or a Birthday Party at The New England Carousel Museum (Up to 51% Off). Three Options Available.

Connecticut Carousel Museum

Bristol

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

$19 $10

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$13 for a Fall-Themed Farm Outing for Two at Taft Farms ($26 Value)

Taft Farms

Great Barrington

Take advantage of the changing season with access to an adult hayride, children’s hay maze, corn maze, and pumpkin picking

$26 $13

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Admission for Two or Four to the Haunted Isle at The Shore Line Trolley Museum (Up to 50% Off)

The Shore Line Trolley Museum

East Haven

Brave souls board a trolley and depart at the start of a wooded trail, where spooky surprises await around every twist and turn

$24 $12

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Ancient Burying Ground Tour or Architectural Walking Tour for Four from Wethersfield Historical Society (45% Off)

Wethersfield Historical Society

Wethersfield

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

$20 $11

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Explore the Stars Astronomy Tour for Two Adults or Children at Mark's Tree Farm (Up to 62% Off)

Mark's Tree Farm

Lebanon

High-powered laser pointer and large telescope showcase planets, galaxies, and nebulae during guided astronomy tour

$130 $49

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Admission for Two or Four at Barnes Museum (40% Off)

The Barnes Museum

Southington

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

$10 $6

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Admission or Class at Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut (Up to 54% Off). Three Options Available.

Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut

Windsor

Museum follows the evolution of electronic communication from early radio and telegraph to modern television and computers

$14 $7

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Visit for Two or Four to The Mark Twain House and Museum (Up to 46% Off)

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Asylum Hill

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

$36 $20

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Membership for Two or Household Membership to Waterford Historical Museum and Cultural Center (Up to 52% Off)

Waterford Historical Museum & Cultural Center

Waterford

Historical building perched on Mohawk River houses collection of locally-focused exhibits and artifacts

$30 $15

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Flying Lesson at Icon Aviation Group, LLC (Up to 67% Off)

Icon Aviation Group, LLC

Multiple Locations

Take to the skies with a licensed certified flight instructor and log your journey in the accompanying logbook

$299.25 $99

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Admission for Two or Four to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Up to 43% Off)

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Asylum Hill

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

$20 $12

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Select Local Merchants

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

Schooner Inc began in 1975 as a means to highlight the plight of the Long Island Sound and to help amplify the positive difference that the Clean Water Act was starting to make in US waters. Today, the company connects more than 8,000 people each year to the beauty and history of New Haven Harbor via public sails, summer camps, and educational programs.

For the last 23 years, the Quinnipiack?central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship?has hosted hands-on marine experiences for kids and adults. The New Haven mayor has officially decreed the schooner to be the city's flagship, as well as the ship Most Likely to Wear Couture Sails. The spacious boat was named to honor the Native Americans who inhabited the region and is helmed by an experienced and friendly crew.

60 S Water St
New Haven,
CT
US

Parents and children gaze at Curious George's antics on a movie screen, which is situated amid the same stencil work, pews, and fixtures that have decorated Charter Oak Cultural Center's building since its construction in 1876. Once the first synagogue to be built in Connecticut, it currently hosts the center's theatrical performances, film showings, and gallery exhibits, which all center around the idea that art is sustenance for the mind. With a belief that open and equal access to the arts fosters the community as a whole, it aims to enrich minds through four key activity types—artistic, cultural, educational, and historic preservation—that are often free. Its youth arts institute is endorsed by the Hartford Public Schools superintendent’s office and aims to supplement curricula with programs before, after, and after-after school. In adult-learning workshops, instructors advise on topics such as what to consider before going back to school, while the center's Homegrown Dance movement supports seven local companies.

21 Grand St
Hartford,
CT
US

Stamford Museum & Nature Center has come a long way since its founding in 1936. Over the decades, its sprawling grounds have grown to include areas focused on nature, agriculture, astronomy, art, and history. On a hill lies the Henri Bendel Mansion. This once-private residence echoes classic British manor houses with its lead-framed glass windows, half-timbered walls, and stone gargoyles that speak in cockney accents. Visitors can view the ground's sculptures before going inside to gaze at the museum galleries and rotating exhibitions, which explore topics in art and pop culture.

Back outside, more than 80 acres of nature trails wind through the trees. One such trail leads to Nature's Playground, where kids soar down slides and play in a treehouse. Elsewhere, the accessible Wheels in the Woods trail lets people of all abilities explore the forest.

Crossing over Bendel's Pond brings visitors to Heckscher Farm, where kids learn basic animal care. The New England?style farm, which stands next to an otter pond, home to otters Bert and Edie, encompasses structures such as the Cheshire Barn, which was built in 1750 and houses heritage-breed animals, including chickens, pigs, goats, sheep, cows, and llamas. The Stamford Observatory sits west of the farm and offers visitors an opportunity to peer into a 22-inch research telescope (on Friday evenings, weather permitting), to view the night sky.

39 Scofieldtown Rd.
Stamford,
CT
US

Fascia’s Chocolate began nearly 50 years ago as a family endeavor and it remains so today, whipping up white, milk, and dark-chocolate delights in small batches using a superior Swiss-style chocolate. Sink saccharine-seeking teeth into traditionally salty snacks made sweet, such as chocolate-covered potato chips and pretzels ($7.95+), while assorted truffles and cordial cherries make easy friends with even the most standoffish of taste buds ($16.95 for 8 oz.; $29.95 for 16 oz.). For a classic romantic gesture, pick up a medley of milk and dark-chocolate morsels in varied shapes and designs, some stuffed with timeless fillers such as caramel, nuts, creams, and more ($13.95 for a 15-piece box; $24.95 for 32-pieces), or, for truly special relationships, like the one between an irresponsible driver and a bribable parking enforcement official, are strengthened with a gift of specialty Fascia’s goodies, such as pecan turtles, truffle meltaways, and buttercrunch toffee ($14.95 for 8 oz.; $26.95 for 16 oz.). Moms deserve edible recognition with chocolate-dipped strawberries, especially on May 8, a holiday known to sneak up until it’s too late to get anything but a lame greeting card and a pet rock for the woman who brought you into this world ($19.95 for eight-piece box).

2066 Thomaston Ave
Waterbury,
CT
US

Home to more than 1,000 marine animals, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk entices visitors of all ages with glimpses of the Long Island Sound’s rich ecosystem. Pintsize adventurers thrill at the touch tank, which puts friendly rays and other inhabitants of the Sound at arm's reach. Sharks swiftly navigate a glass-enclosed exhibit, giving visitors an up-close view of the powerful creatures without having to disguise themselves as bigger sharks. The friendly staff members feed seven harbor seals three times a day, inviting landlubbers to watch and ask questions as the whiskered inhabitants chow down. A six-story screen displays larger-than-life images in the IMAX theater, as educational tales of seafaring critters and jungle dwellers inspire folk ballads about the family cat. The behind-the-scenes tour steers visitors through the jellyfish nursery and fish kitchen before piloting toward the Open Ocean exhibit, where participants can toss in fish to feed the sharks, and then after-dinner mints to curb the indecorous effects.

10 N Water St
Norwalk,
CT
US