Attractions in New Haven and south central, CT, offer indoor and outdoor and historic adventures

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

Hard to beat indoor adventure ropes course in New Haven

This attraction hits all the buttons. The sound and lighting alone features a 1,000 nozzle Liquid Fireworks water fountain that goes to the beat of 41,000 watts of stereo sound designed by the company that created Radio City Music Hall and Michael Jackson’s Tour experiences. The star of this show, the Adventure Indoor Ropes Course, is the largest such course in the world with two 60’ high ropes courses spanning over 100 activities and four of the longest Sky Rail zip lines ever made. Participants can also Jump It on the free-fall exit from the tallest level to the ropes course, walk a 200’ long catwalk 40' in the air, and dare to take on vertical climbing structures that take you sky-high. Kids under 48” tall can enjoy their very own Little It making this place perfect for families.

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

Scenic farmstead with a storied family history

Farm visits have been growing steadily nationwide for many years and Lyman Orchards shows you why. A scenic location on the Connecticut River, a family heritage stretching back to 1741, an orchard that’s been bearing fruit for more than a century, and people who provide their visitors with an authentic farm experience, makes this one of New England’s premier family attractions. Get your hands in the soil and pick your own fruit from more than 100 varieties. Pick up a fruit or gift basket and some delicious baled good from the farm market. Play a round of golf on two spectacular golf courses or hold a special event at the family Homestead, now on the National Registry of Historic Places.

127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor West North Haven, CT, 06473 Phone: 203-777-8550

A restaurant renaissance has made Greater New Haven a most exciting culinary destination. And then there's Yale University: with its medieval courtyards and stunning buildings -- from Gothic revival to acclaimed modernism. Can you name another area this size with world-class museums, theater and music? There are town greens to rival any in New England and preserved historic homes in even the smallest village. And alongside every town green are tiny boutiques and eclectic shops as well as superb bookstores. Now add the outdoors for long: sandy shores, nature preserves, centuries-old orchards, rocky hikes.