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A Visit to Project Oceanology in Groton, CT

Lighthouses, seals, and Long Island Sound. Whether you're looking for a full day excursion or a two hour tour, Project Oceanology's hands-on, inquiry-based shore and laboratory programs offer marine science for anyone who climbs aboard.

Sleepaway Summer Camps in Eastern CT

Sending your kids away to sleep away camp can be pretty nerve wracking. If you're ready to take that plunge, Eastern Connecticut has many trusted, accredited overnight camps offering introductory programs for kiddos as young as 7 years old. You might be surprised by how perfectly it goes! Make sure to check out our complete Summer Camp Guide as well.

10 Things to Do on Christmas Eve in CT

Christmas Eve is almost here, which means all the holiday festivities will be wrapping up soon. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping and wrapping is finished and you've got a few moments to spare to celebrate with your family. If you're looking to squeeze in some last minute holiday fun, look no further. Make this Christmas Eve one to remember with one of these great activities in the area. Maybe you'll even start a new family tradition!

For more Christmas fun, check out our holiday guide and our event calendar.

Weekend Getaway: Family Fun in Mystic, Connecticut

The village of Mystic in Connecticut is a charming little getaway for New York City families. About two hours by car from Midtown Manhattan, Mystic offers lots places for fun with the kids: a fabulous aquarium, the largest maritime museum in the country, and a beautiful outdoor retreat for hiking, birding, and exploring nature—an ideal family excursion no matter if you stay for the day or the entire weekend. Mystic is especially fun during Memorial Day weekend when the Rotary Club hosts its annual “Lobster Days” celebration with children’s lobster-themed storytelling, cooking and fishing demonstrations, and of course lobster dinner.

Celebrating Memorial Day in Eastern Connecticut

It's the unofficial start of summer so beaches are beckoning, carnivals are calling, and outdoor parks are just begging to be explored. However, Memorial Day is also the day in which we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and there are many parades, tributes, and ceremonies held in their honor across Eastern Connecticut. Enjoy our fair state and usher in the warmer months and brighter days ahead.

Fun Spring Activities for Preschoolers in Connecticut

“Mommy, how do the flowers know it’s time to wake up?” Celebrating the change of seasons with preschoolers is so much fun! Experiencing life through their eyes is magical- everything is so fresh and new! One of the best parts about living in New England is we get to celebrate all four seasons, but nothing is more magical than the arrival of spring.  Whether you want to enjoy the countryside of Litchfield County or hiking through Fairfield County, here are some more of our tried and true preschool activities for spring. 

Blueberry Picking in Eastern Connecticut

Few things taste more like summer than fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden. But since we cannot all grow gardens - or large ones that accommodate a variety of produce - local farms are terrific destinations. Walking in the sunshine, enjoying the smell of grass, bobbing along on tractor rides: the whole experience of picking your own food on the farm is an essential activity of the warmer months and a great way to teach children the process used to grow healthy foods. Hailed as a super food, blueberries are delicious and so versatile, and these little fruits are for the pickin' in Eastern Connecticut! For more berry picking check out our Pick Your Own post.

25 Kid-Friendly Adventures in New London County

From awesome old-fashioned ice cream shops to great places for skating, fishing, and family hikes, plenty of family-friendly activities await in New London County. Whether you play at the children's museum, interact with beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium, relax on sandy beaches, or pitch a tent and roast marshmallows under the stars, no matter where you end up, at least 25 family-friendly adventures await. Beautiful year-round, this area of the state is especially lovely during the summer and fall.

A Visit to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex

In Eastern Connecticut, on the edge of the Connecticut River, a small unassuming building holds many archeological treasures, history lessons, nautical artwork, and a full-sized replica of the first American submarine. The 22nd Annual Train Show is a special seasonal attraction for visitors of all ages, and only a few minutes away, a ride on the North Pole Express awaits at the Essex Steam Train Station. 

A Visit to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London

At least one Saturday morning a month, you’ll find my family perusing art galleries and museums. We find the experience equally relaxing and energizing, and my daughters get excited about finding a new favorite artwork or inspiration for a new project. Recently, we took our first trip to the Lyman Allyn Art Museum and spent a lovely day in New London.

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