Annual Events Norwalk Oyster Festival Sept., Litchfield House Tour July, Jazz Fest Aug., Bethlehem Christmas Fair Dec., Bald Eagle Observation Dec.-March, Maple Sugaring & Daffodils March/April, Country Fairs Sept./Oct.
Architecture – Contemporary, Victorian, Empire & more - absolutely stunning
Hotchkiss Fyler House Museum, Torrington. www.torringtonhistoricalsociety.org.
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk. lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.
Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan. philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.
Art & Artists – Our museums abound with creativity
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield. aldrichart.org.
Bush-Holley House, Cos Cob. hstg.org.
Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk www.contemprints.org
Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, www.silvermineart.org
Weir Farm National Park, Wilton. nps.gov/wefa.
Amusement Parks & Zoo – Fun for the young and young at heart
Coco Key Water Resort, Waterbury, www.cocokeywaterbury.com
Lake Compounce Family Theme Park, Bristol. lakecompounce.com.
Quassy Amusement Park, Middlebury. quassy.com.
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport. beardsleyzoo.org.
Birding – Winging it
Audubon Greenwich, Greenwich. http://greenwich.audubon.org.
Sharon Audubon Center, Sharon. sharon.audubon.org.
Bald Eagle Observation, Dec. - March, Southbury. firstlightpower.com.
Culinary - Restaurants galore for every budget. visitwesternct.com.
Cooking with Adrienne, New Milford. adriennerestaurant.com.
Sweet Maria's, Waterbury. sweet-marias.com.
The Silo Cooking School at Hunt Hill Farm, New Milford. hunthillfarmtrust.org.
Entertainment – Being so close to NYC has many advantages
Infinity Music Hall & Bistro, Norfolk. infinityhall.com.
Thomaston Opera House, Thomaston. landmarkcommunitytheatre.org.
Palace Theater, Waterbury. palacetheaterct.org.
Warner Theatre, Torrington. warnertheatre.org.
Curtain Call, Stamford. curtaincallinc.com.
Square One, Stratford. Squareonetheatre.com.
Stamford Center for the Arts, Stamford. scalive.org.
Westport Country Playhouse, Westport. westportplayhouse.org.
National Geographic has called Litchfield Hills one of the 50 best places in the US for a scenic drive and Yankee Magazine has named Kent the best town in New England for Fall Foliage. Check out our website for driving tours visitwesternct.com.
Gardens – Be inspired by our elegant historic gardens
Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden, Bethlehem. ctlandmarks.org.
Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Woodbury. theglebehouse.org.
White Flower Farm, Litchfield. whiteflowerfarm.com.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford. bartlettarboretum.org.
Bates-Scofield House, Darien. www.darienhistorical.org
Garden Education Center of Greenwich, Greenwich. gecgreenwich.org
Historic Treasures – Discover history that comes alive
Institute for American Indian Studies, Washington. iaismuseum.org.
Keeler Tavern Museum, Ridgefield. keelertavernmuseum.org.
Tapping Reeve House and Law School, Litchfield. litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.
New Cannan Historical Society, New Canaan. www.nchistory.org
Wilton Historical Society & Heritage Museum, Wilton. wiltonhistorical.org.
Museums – Explore our rich heritage and amazing collections
Barnum Museum, Bridgeport. barnum-museum.org.
Bruce Museum, Greenwich. brucemuseum.org.
Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield. fairfieldhs.org.
Danbury Museum & Marion Anderson Studio, Danbury. danburymuseum.org.
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury. mattatuckmuseum.org.
New England Carousel Museum, Bristol. thecarouselmuseum.org.
Shelton Historical Society, Shelton. sheltonhistoricalsociety.org
On The Rails – Enjoy a ride on a vintage railroad
Danbury Railway Museum, Danbury. danburymuseum.org.
Naugatuck Railroad,Thomaston. rmne.org.
On Long Island Sound – Ocean breezes, lighthouses and seafaring lore
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, South Norwalk. maritimeaquarium.org.
Captain’s Cove Seaport, Bridgeport. captainscoveseaport.com.
Sheffield Island Lighthouse & Ferry, South Norwalk. seaport.org.
SoundWaters Coastal Education Center, Stamford. soundwaters.org.
Religious – Find a refreshing retreat
Lourdes in Litchfield Shrine Grotto, Litchifeld. shrinect.org.
Wisdom House Retreat Center & Labyrinth, Litchfield. wisdomhouse.org.
Shopping- Our shops are an adventure unto themselves
Elephant's Trunk Flea Market, New Milford. etflea.com.
Woodbury Pewter Factory Outlet, Woodbury. woodburypewter.com.
Enjoy a taste of CT wine at one of our 12 vineyards located amid spectacular scenery. visitwesternct.com.
Yankee Ingenuity – Clocks, locks, and antique machinery…oh my
American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol. clockandwatchmuseum.org.
Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Museum, Kent. ctamachinery.com.
Lock Museum of America, Plymouth. lockmuseumofamerica.org.
Timexpo: The Timex Museum, Waterbury. timexpo.com
SONO Switch Tower Museum, Norwalk, www.westctnrhs.org
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