Tours in North 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

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

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

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 62% Off Astronomy Sky Tour for Two

Mark's Tree Farm

Lebanon

$130 $49

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

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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

Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center is a spiritual center in the Passionist tradition, open to all who seek to deepen their relationship with God and one another. We welcome men, women, and youth to weekend, day and evening retreats, and programs where they can journey with God in an atmosphere of respect and hospitality.

303 Tunxis Rd
West Hartford,
CT
US

Named for a small archipelago off the Branford coast, Thimble Island Brewing Company began with the home-brewed concoctions of Connecticut Natives Justin Gargano and Mike Fawcett. Though they lacked formal training, the duo tirelessly spent nights and weekends tinkering with their recipes until they sold their first pint of American Ale to KC's Pub in Guilford. Today, American Ale is one of the brewery's three mainstay beers, which Justin and Mike craft along with specialty batches such as a dark pumpkin porter. The twosome keeps four beers on tap at Thimble Island's tasting room, where visitors can drop in to fill up a growler, buy a t-shirt, or take a tour. Outside the brewery, Justin and Mike's beers grace many local establishments, including pubs and grocery stores.

53 E Industrial Rd.
Branford,
CT
US

Shoreline Segway's well-trained, friendly staff ushers segway-equipped and helmet-clad visitors on excursions through Guilford. A friendly tour guide leads a half-hour segway riding practice session before starting the one-hour ride. Feet weary after leap-frog marathons can rest aboard the environmentally conscious, two-wheeled vehicle while their optical counterparts feast on local landmarks such as the Agricultural Fair grounds, Faulkner's and Grass Island, Guilford Marina, Long Island Sound, and Connecticut's oldest house. A mobile lesson in regional history provides Jeopardy-bound brains the knowledge to survive the Connecticut category.

260 River St
Guilford,
CT
US

At The Wine Press, aficionados crush, press, rack, and bottle their own brand of wine. Overseen by the shop's staff, amateur winemakers craft their silky reds with the same process as modern-day wineries. Through this process, they learn how much time and care goes into winemaking. They can produce varietals such as sangiovese or pinot noir or create hybrids such as a cabernet-merlot or a sentient pinot-human. To show off the possibilities of winemaking at their facility, The Wine Press also leads guided tours and wine tastings during the summer months.

118 Quinnipiac Ave
North Haven,
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