Connecticut

For Family Thrills, Try Whitewater Rafting—Just a Few Hours from Boston

Surrounded by the flat, meandering Charles, Boston has a reputation for some great kayaking and canoeing. But whitewater adventures? Not so much. However, in just a few hours or less, you can find real-deal rapids that rival many you might find in the southern mountains or even out west. Even better, southern New England is home to some experienced guide companies who run family-focused trips that introduce beginners to whitewater rafting with an eye toward safety, education, and fun. If you think your crew is game to try some whitewater rafting, here's a breakdown of three companies who operate trips in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southern Vermont.

Summer Daytrip to Monroe

Monroe is a quiet, little outpost north of Bridgeport on the way to Danbury, with the obligatory (and lovely) town green/gazebo this state is known for.  But that old town center is now a long way into town from the highway — most of Monroe's hustle and bustle these days is along one of two corridors — route 25 or route 111 (Monroe Turnpike), near the Trumbull line.  That being said, there are a couple of outdoor gems off the beaten path that make a trek out from lower Fairfield County worth the time spent getting there, whether your kiddos are tiny or teens.

Weekend Fun: Waterski Show, Pirates, and All Things Italian

The dog days are upon us, and soon it will be time for back-to-school shopping. But there is still time for a few more weekends of summer fun. For starters how about learning about the history of the very first airplane flight, which took place right here in Connecticut (no matter what North Carolina says). For more down-to-earth fun, learn about the role pirates played in Colonial trade. And after you've worked up an appetite, refuel with pizza, porchetta, sausages, pastries, and gelato at the 50th Annual Italian Festival. As always, in the event of rain, be sure to check that your intended activity is still on before jumping into the car.

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Grab a Pumpkin Spice Coffee and Check out These Fall Fairs in Connecticut

Fall is an amazing time to be in Connecticut, with wonderful fairs and festivals nearly every weekend, celebrating the many aspects of Nutmeg life, from apples to pumpkins and beyond. Most of these have free admission, but charge small fees so you'll want to check that before heading out.  Check out our complete Fall Fun Guide too for more ideas on how to enjoy the season!

Great Pumpkin Patches Abound in Fairfield County

New England's most beautiful season has arrived once again, and that means pumpkins on the porch, in our pies and muffins, and for us, diehard fans, even in our coffees. Picking a pumpkin is an autumnal ritual for many, and the perfect excuse to get outside on a crisp afternoon. Fairfield County has more than a few great spots to seek out your orange beauty, and most places offer activities like corn mazes and hayrides, as well as mouth-watering cider donuts and other goodies. Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great information. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and don't miss out any seasonal fun.

Science, Machines and Nature Museums in Fairfield County, Connecticut

From trying on a real space suit, to jumping into a the cockpit of a full-size helicopter, to touching a shark, Fairfield County offers some top-notch museums when it comes to science, nature, and machines. Featuring authentic and original equipment, imaginative and creative displays of abstract scientific concepts, and a variety of hands-on, interactive engagement, kids are sure to love exploring these Fairfield County museums. And so will their grownups!

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Weekday Picks: Animals, Storytime, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band August 7-11, 2017

My kids are fully enmeshed in their summer groove: loose bedtimes, lazy mornings, and the (occasional!) ice cream lunch have made us all very happy. It seems impossible to believe that we'll back back to school in a little more than three weeks, and I remain determined to keep making memories with the summer days we have left. Meet some of the animals from Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, enjoy the stirring music of the U.S. Coast Guard Band at the picturesque Branford House, or take part in story time at Longshore or the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington.

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Get Lost in Fairfield County's Best Corn Mazes

Corn mazes are a favorite fall adventure for many families: the scent of autumn, the wind swooshing through golden stalks, and the opportunity to safely hand over the reigns to your children and let them be in charge of where to go and how to find the way out. What better way to bond than to band together and head straight into a place where you know you can get lost and the only way out is to concentrate on the map, read the clues, and work together to get to the other side. Combine your trip with a pumpkin patch and cider mill and you've got yourself a pretty excellent fall day to make lifelong family memories. For more fall fun, check out our CT Fall Fun and Halloween Guide. These corn-y masterpieces are only around for a few weeks each fall, so don't miss your chance. For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter

End of Summer Bucket List: 25 Things To Do in CT Before School Starts

Before pool noodles and beach towels get stored away for another season, and late summer nights are replaced by bedtime curfews and homework, (at least) 25 must-do activities await in Connecticut, a great place to raise kids. So don't pack up the flip flops or exile the picnic basket to storage. There are still a few weeks before school buses begin to line at the curb, allowing us to capitalize on the time left and give summer a proper send-off, making more memories sure to keep hearts warm in the cold days to come.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Jazz, Sunflowers, and Circus Fun, August 5-6

Let me confess my unpopular opinion: Connecticut is a fantastic place to be in August. Many folks head off for the Cape, the Hamptons, or the Jersey Shore, but that's just fine with me as it leaves my regular haunts—or the places I wish were my regular haunts—uncrowded and manageable. Not to mention the many marquis events happening across the state that draw visitors from all over! From the Litchfield Jazz Festival to Lyman Orchards' annual Sunflower Maze to the Nimble Art Circus, there are plenty of activities to draw the crowds. 

If you're still trying to make every summer day count, we have a host of suggestions in our Event Calendar, the August GoList, and the Summer Fun Guide. For the latest and best family-friendly events, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Here are some suggestions for the weekend ahead! 

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