Sightseeing in Southbury

Up to 45% Off Harbor Cruises from 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

Downtown

$25 $12

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

Up to 53% Off Easter Bunny Trolley Ride

East Haven

$20 $10

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Celebrate springtime by riding on a historical trolley, participating in crafts, and visiting with the Easter Bunny

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

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 57% Off at 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

The New Children's Museum – Up to 44% Off

West Hartford

$29.50 $17

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Museum engages kids with hands-on and interactive activities and exhibits, including a wildlife sanctuary and planetarium shows

Katonah Museum of Art – Up to 55% Off Membership or Admission

Katonah

$50 $24

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Membership grants art and culture lovers rich access to Katonah Museum of Art's exhibitions, events, and educational programs

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown

$50 $25

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

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

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

Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Up to 50% Off Admission

Stamford

$20 $10

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Explore acres of hiking trails, visit a working farm, and check out the museum's newest exhibition

Up to 60% Off Art Center Membership

Peekskill

$40 $18

Museum membership includes free admission for one year and discounted access to special events and public programs

Explore the Beacon Arts District With an Insider

Beacon

$25 $25

Photographer and writer Larry Guzman leads a walking tour that includes artist talks and a glass-blowing demonstration

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“Other communities looking to establish museums preserving their regional culture and history would do well to visit The Mattatuck Museum,” raves the New England Travels about the Connecticut treasure. The Museum’s educational programs, rotating exhibits, and permanent collections showcasing over 2,000 works of American art focus on preserving and sharing Connecticut’s cultural history. Members receive free admission and discounts on programs and events including readings of Shakespearian plays, walking tours of local neighborhoods, regular live jazz performances, and field trips to go bully Rhode Island, Connecticut’s diminutive neighbor.

144 W Main St
Waterbury,
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

With three floors of interactive exhibits, Imagine Nation keeps tykes aged 2–10 and their parents engaged for hours of synapse-firing fun. Tunnels filled with natural decor await youngsters in the museum's indoor jungle-themed playscape, where they can shake excess energy out of their bounding legs in preparation for naptime or hibernation season. In the ESPN center, kids can pretend to be sportscasters as they sit behind the desk of a model TV set, replete with real equipment from the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

The museum also boasts a health exhibit in which children can don hospital attire and explore a model newborn nursery and an operation table, ideal for parents trying to nudge their child toward a career as a hypochondriac. After whippersnapper's minds have been blown learning about the cosmos at the space exhibit, they can unwind with drinks and snacks at the old-fashioned soda fountain, which winds the clock back to the 1940s with the help of a player piano.

1 Pleasant St
Bristol,
CT
US

When Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein of Brooklyn. N.Y.'s Artistic Carousel Company completed the Bushnell Park Carousel in 1914, they channeled the Coney Island-style of carving that made the boardwalk's rides unique. Adorned with large, wide-eye horses, the carousel also sported big cabbage roses, fish scales, and buckles.

Today, the New England Carousel Museum manages the structure, making it one of the few remaining antique wooden carousels still operating in the country. Set in Bushnell Park, this carousel houses 48 hand-carved wooden horses, 36 jumper horses, 12 stander horses, and two chariots that revolve around a Wurlitzer band organ. The historic piece is one part of the New England Carousel Museum's larger mission to acquire and restore old-fashioned carousels and carousel memorabilia to educate the public on these vintage treasures. The museum also hosts educational programs for families that can include visits from collectors of other pieces of Americana such as quilts, dolls, and perfectly preserved 1890s-era hot dogs.

95 Riverside Ave
Bristol,
CT
US

American Clock & Watch Museum’s staff and visitors never have to worry about keeping track of time. Inside a Federal-style home originally built in 1801, curators display more than 1,500 clocks and watches from a collection of more than 5,500, making it one of the largest in the world behind the legion of wristwatches glued together to form Big Ben. Guest curators showcase timepieces from different eras and manufacturers, from antique clocks to art deco accessories made in the Jazz era. Visitors can admire clock maintenance in action on the first and third Friday of each month when the “Ol’ Cranks” wind more than 70 of the museum's historic items. Visitors can also learn more about their own antique treasures by consulting with the museum staff during scheduled evaluation events.

100 Maple St
Bristol,
CT
US

The interactive exhibits at Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre chronicle the impact of Alberta’s oil boom from the first drilling in 1947 to discoveries in the present day. Traipse back in time through the Centre’s collection of historical artifacts, letting eyes feast on a banquet of oil-patch memorabilia, rig equipment, and models. Or, ensconced in a theatre designed to look like a giant drill bit, visitors can embark on a virtual journey 1,700 meters below the earth's surface. A cadre of expert guides circulates throughout the exhibits, stopping to answer visitors’ questions such as, "How did oil transform Alberta’s formerly agrarian economy?" and "Does oil really hate water that much?" Guests may also meander through the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, which pays homage to the enormous contributions of 124 petroleum-steeped pioneers and heroes through a series of photos and personal stories. Members of the Leduc #1 drilling crew and Hall of Famers have also been known to put in appearances at the Centre, regaling lucky day-trippers with tales of bygone years and reenactments of their favourite moments in oil’s 374-million-year history.

4450 Park Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
US