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32 Reeds Gap Road Middlefield, CT, 06455 Phone: 860-349-1793

Get down on the farm for an authentic experience

Lyman Orchard presents the authentic, on the farm visitor experience. Now in its 275th year and one of the most popular family attractions in New England. Come pick your own fruit, stop in at the farm market for delicious food from fresh baked award winning pies to apple cider donuts, muffins, cookies, breads, pastries, all made in the Farm Kitchen Bakery. Savor Eco-certified fruit grown using old fashioned agricultural methods and leading edge technologies. Pick up a ready to go fruit and gift basket, play golf on championship golf courses, and hold your wedding or special celebration at two ideal venues, the Lyman Homestead and the golf pavilion. Check out the full calendar of events at this magnificent destination farm.

40 Sargent Drive New Haven, CT, 06511 Phone: 203-812-9981

World’s largest indoor ropes course now in New Haven

Explore over 100 rope elements on the 4 level It ropes courses that stand 5 stories high. Choose your own path and go at your own pace through each level on both courses. Then soar down each of the Zip It zip lines for a self-guided zip experience over 48-feet in the air! The zip lines stretch 180-feet long between the It ropes courses for your extra daring challenge. To exit the course, go on the Jump It for the ultimate free‑fall sensation as you are comfortably lowered to the ground from 48’ in the air. Kids under 48” tall can experience a ropes course just like the larger It attraction at a more comfortable height on the little it attraction. Participants can also continue the adventure on 4 climbing activities that challenge participants to climb over 29’ high on wobbly beams and twisted structures.

1080 Chapel Street New Haven, CT, 06520 Phone: 203-432-2800 Toll-Free: 877-274-8278

The best of British art in a celebrated edifice

The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Included are paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts from the Elizabethan period onward. The works of Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough, Turner, Constable and others who lived and worked in Britain are on display. Enjoy a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs as well as a Reference Library and Archives, conservation laboratories, a study room for examining works from the collection, and an online catalogue. The building, opened ain 1977 is the last to be designed by acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn and is near many of New Haven’s best restaurants, theaters, and shops. Free and open to the public.

Jiminy Cricket Hops

The comic book and cartoon characters from your childhood and earlier are hopping around in their original styling at the Barker Character, Comic, and Cartoon Museum at 1188 Highland Avenue in Cheshire. Archie and Jughead dolls? Roy Rogers Lunch Box? Charlie McCarthy Puppet? If you remember these icons wouldn’t mind visiting them again, the museum probably has them. Enjoy the collection of 80,000 antique toys and collectibles as well as a cartoon theater. Open year-round, Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4 p.m. Phone: 203-272-2222.

A Bookstore With a Serious Love of Reading

R.J. Julia Booksellers at 768 Boston Post Road in Madison opened two decades ago as an independent bookstore whose mission was, and is, to be a place where words matter and where writers meet readers. The store hosts more than 200 events a year. Authors from all over the country visit the store to inspire, educate, and entertain. A knowledgeable staff, opinionated book selections with shelf-talker tags help book lovers find books that are just right for them. Open daily, Phone: 203-245-3959.

The Shops at Yale Are Just the Start of Your Exploration

With more than 50 unique boutiques and shops in Chapel Street Historic District and Broadway, Shops at Yale at 255 Crown Street in New Haven has the perfect mix of browsing, shopping, dining and people-watching to fill a weekend. The Shops at Yale are rich with boutiques alongside national retailers like Apple, J. Crew, and Urban Outfitters; bluestone sidewalks and beautifully restored architecture; award-winning restaurants and theaters; and world-renowned museums. Near at hand are public spaces that host lots of fun cultural events (one example among many is the sidewalk chalk art festival in August). Mix your pleasures with a visit to ancient beauty at the Yale Center for British Art, the Peabody Museum, Yale School of Architecture Gallery, and the historic Shubert Theater.

Asteroids Are Just the Opening Act at Leitner Observatory

Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium at Yale University opened in early 2009 to the delight of star lovers and planet chasers in New England. Located at 355 Prospect Street, the observatory and planetarium is open to the general public on Tuesday nights (October-March at 6 p.m.; April-September at 8 p.m.). The shows will include a live presentation highlighting planets and constellations visible in the night sky, as projected onto the planetarium's 30-foot dome, followed by Passport to the Universe, a digitally projected tour through the solar system, galaxy and beyond. Shows will last approximately 35-40 minutes and, weather permitting; telescopes will be set up for observing afterwards. Phone: 203-285-8840.

You Bring Lunch; Gouveia Supplies the Wine

For the folks at Gouveia Vineyards in Wallingford, producing first-rate wines is clearly a labor of love. Joe and Lucy Gouveia planted their first vines ten years ago and to today visitors can sample wines made from the eight different types of grapes that thrive there. Set on top of a hill overlooking the vineyard, the Winery Building boasts a large stone fireplace, panoramic views, woodlands and sunsets, making this the perfect romantic getaway for couples looking for things to do. Guests are invited to bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy as they sip on Gouveia’s award-winning Stone House Red, Whirlwind Rose, or Oaked Chardonnay. Open Friday to Sundays. Live music events Saturday evenings. Phone: 203-265-5526.

Heaven for Record Hounds

Records never totally went away, and for some music fans who claim the vinyl sound is pristine, record purchases are resurging. They are doing it with the help of stores that never lost the faith. Most are small, tucked-away oases for create-diggers who know their music. Connecticut is well-endowed, as follows: Willimantic Records at 744 Main Street in Willimantic; Integrity ‘N Music at 506 Silas Deane Hwy. in Wethersfield; The Telegraph at 19 Golden Street in New London; Merle’s Record Rack at 307 Rackbrook Road in Orange (opened in 1962!); Mystic Disc at 10 Steamboat Wharf in Mystic; Redscroll Records at 24 N. Colony Road in Wallingford; Gerosa Records at 246 Federal Road in Brookfield; Replay Records at 2586 Whitney Avenue in Hamden.

Knowledge. Experience. Teamwork. Street Smarts

Here’s an intriguing indoor activity for you and your smartest friends. Adventure Rooms at 282 Main Street Extension on Middletown offers a simple challenge: escape from a closed room in less than 60 minutes. You and your teammates will find yourselves in an unfamiliar environment, where you have to rely on common sense and each other to escape the room. You work together to gather objects, find clues, decipher codes, open locks and solve puzzles to find the key that will lead you to freedom. Are you part of the 30 percent who escape? Advance registration is required. Typical group is two to eight people and typical cost is $27 to $30. 860-358-9130.

One Park, With Lighthouse, Beach, Carousel

Lighthouse Point Park at 2 Lighthouse Road in New Haven, the jewel of New Haven’s park system, is home to Five Mile Point Lighthouse. Its spiral granite staircase leads to the lantern loft where the lighthouse lens was mounted. The second gem of this park is the Lighthouse Point Carousel. Built in 1916, the carousel has 69 horses, one camel and two dragon chariots. The outer rim of the carousel contains original oil paintings of local scenes of New Haven as well as various boats, trains, mermaids and lighthouses. Open for rides, Memorial Day to Labor Day, weekend and holiday afternoons. Also, this park is one of the most popular spots for bird watching along the East Coast. 203-946-8019.

Fair Trade Art Makes Great Gifts

Browsing beautiful handmade artwork from all parts of the world is a fun way to find a special gift. Ten Thousand Villages store at 1054 Chapel Street in New Haven presents fair-trade folk art, ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry, wall hangings, pillows, rugs, mirrors, vases, incense, candleholders, and furniture by artists in developing world. Each product reflects the traditions of its maker. Enjoy the international music, smell the gourmet coffee, and taste rich chocolate. Your fair trade purchase helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Phone: 203-776-0854.

Lyman 2017 Corn Maze Celebrates Spirit of St. Louis

The 2017 fall corn maze at Lyman Orchards, routes 147 and 157 in Middlefield celebrates first solo flight from American to Europe by Charles Lindbergh 90 years ago. Come play in four acres of corn, two miles of pathways, and solve fun trivia questions. Corn cops help you out of a pickle if you need it. Pick apples, pears, and pumpkins; pony rides (weekends); horse-drawn wagon rides. Open September 2 to November 5 in 2017. 860-349-6015.