1650 Hartford-New London Tpke. (Rt. 85)Oakdale, CT, 06370Phone: 860-443-4367
Splash Pad, dino maze, obstacle tower and playground all part of this adventure village
A day full of fun and adventure awaits everyone at The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village, a 60-acre activity-filled park that features over 50 life-sized dinosaurs on 1.5 miles of nature trails. There’s also a dino-themed maze, where your only escape is sliding through the mouth of a T-rex, a Splash Pad with over 30 dino-themed features including water cannons and dumping buckets, a playground with the newest play technology including a three-dimensional climbing web that swings and vibrates, and Copper Creek Mini Golf. At T-rex Tower, you can slide down a super-slick slide and swing on a zip line. Shopping experiences include an antiques marketplace, fossil shop, mineral shop and toy shop.
One Railroad AvenueEssex, CT, 06426Phone: 860-767-0103Toll-Free: 800-377-3987
The best of both worlds, on land and on the water, are part of this exciting attraction
At Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, they really do offer the best of both worlds: one-of-a-kind experiences on the water and on railroad tracks! Board the train at historic Essex Station and take a train journey through the picturesque Connecticut River Valley on board lovingly restored 1920s-era Pullman coaches pulled by steam engines. When you get to Deep River, you can board the Becky Thatcher, a 150-passenger Mississippi-style riverboat, for a cruise on the river, past scenic coves, inlets and rocky shores, watching for wildlife. Then return to Essex via train. Or, just take a round-trip train ride or book an elegant four-course meal on the dinner train. Lunch items, snacks and beverages are also available at the Trackside Cafe and on the riverboat. Please check our website for current train & riverboat schedules.
67 Main Street, Steamboat DockEssex, CT, 06426Phone: 860-767-8269
Lots of fun things to do and see both inside and outside at this educational river museum
Take a cruise aboard a replica of America’s first yacht, examine the very small interior of the Turtle, the first submarine to be used in combat in 1776, and examine historical artifacts and artwork at the Connecticut River Museum, a cultural center for activities and exhibits about the river and the river valley. Museum exhibits explore everything from the history of the river and its Native American communities to a look at the era of speed racing on the river, from 1900 to 1940. You can take an afternoon or evening cruise on the Onrust, a re-creation of a 1614 sailing vessel built in Manhattan, making it the country’s first yacht, or spy an osprey or eagle from the deck of the eco-tour boat RiverQuest.
Sailing from the Niantic Bay MarinaNiantic, CT, 06357Phone: 860-448-3662Toll-Free: 800-382-2824
Catch a fish, or a fabulous sunset, when you book a cruise with this experienced crew
Catch a bluefish, or a sunset, when you book a trip with Blackhawk Sport Fishing. Head out in search of porgy, stripers, cod, sea bass, tautog, fluke and those glorious blues, under the guidance of an experienced captain and crew on an impeccably maintained party boat. Or, book a sunset or nature cruise or a seal or eagle watch cruise. A galley serves up hot dogs, burgers, snacks and beverages (you can bring your own cooler if you wish, and beer is OK as long as it’s not in glass bottles). You can also rent a rod and reel if needed. And for a small fee, the crew will even clean and fillet your catch – or help you toss it back or donate it to a food bank.
Explore New England's coast aboard a traditional sailing ship
Return to the romantic Age of Sail aboard the 81-foot schooner Argia. She is a US Coast Guard-inspected vessel and one of the last sailing ships in New England. Departing from Mystic CT, the ship sails in Fishers Island Sound, a calm, protected body of water, from May to mid-October. Bask in the sun on her spacious wooden deck while you sail past the seafaring village of Mystic, the surrounding islands, and historic lighthouses. Delight in quirky sea stories of the area, told by the crew and Captain of Argia. Feel free to bring your own picnic and beverages. Wine and beer are permitted. Enjoy a 2 hour day-sail, or experience the romance of the sea at twilight with a sunset sail.
Permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago. Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village. Interactive computer programs, films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant. Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9am - 5pm. Admission: Adults $22, Seniors & Students with ID $17, Youths 6-17 $13, Children under 6 Free.