Built in 1930, this memorial theater is a must visit for all culture vultures. Connecticut's premier presenter of the performing arts, it has inspired audiences for more than eight decades and plays a leading role in the state's cultural life. It is a non-profit organization renowned for community programs. It is a leading educator and advocate of the arts. The Bushnell is an economic driver for the Greater Hartford region and the Connecticut state.
2011 South Main Street Middletown, CT 06457 +1 860 622 8726
Adrenaline junkies will love EMPOWER Adventure Center! Whether on a corporate, team-building retreat or a love seeing the fall foliage from a bird's-eye perspective, the whole family can find something fun to see and to do at EMPOWER. There are often seasonal and themed Zip Line events, so check back for the latest from Middletown's most exciting outdoor adventure company.
300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475 +1 860 510 5000/+1 877 503 1286(Tickets)
Opened in September 2009, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known as "The Kate") is the Shoreline's premier entertainment venue, hosting stand-up comedy, theatrical performances, live music and lectures throughout the year. The facility is housed in what used to be Old Saybrook's historic City Hall (built in 1910) and is named for the Academy Award-winning local actress, Katharine Hepburn, who resided in the town until her death in 2003. The theater features 250 seats (with unobstructed views) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of The Kate are available from June to September.
1 Hopyard Club East Haddam, CT 06423 +1 860 434 6644
The Fox Hopyard Golf Club is open from March through November in the lovely Connecticut River-town of East Haddam. This is a Par 71 golf course that spans roughly 7000 yards (6400 meters) and includes facilities such as a restaurant, tee shop, sports bar and banquet hall. The club also houses the on-site restaurant, On the Rocks, where delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served.
In the scenic Middlesex County town of Essex is the Connecticut River Museum, home to collections and exhibits dedicated to the history of the Connecticut River. Enjoy one of the many exhibits or enroll the kids in one of their many summer programs that encourage young students to study and respect the River's habitats. Drive to the museum, or arrive in your boat and disembark on the dock.
While this sight might look like something you would see on Ghost Hunters, the Old Newgate Prison is the ruins of the prison that once stood here back in the early 19th Century. A tour of the grounds informs guests of early American prison reform and models of prison architecture. A must-see for history buffs and those interested in local lore.
Located in Cromwell, the Champions Skating Center has a gorgeous facility designed for regional hockey teams, figure skating enthusiasts or Olympic hopefuls. Some of the greatest skaters in recent history have made Connecticut their home and this is where they have trained for gold. Skaters like Oksana Baiul and Viktor Petrenko of the Ukraine have trained and taught here. Come during open hours to glide upon the ice or watch the Zamboni machine do its magic.
Across from scenic Gillette Castle State Park and the Goodspeed Opera House is the Chester-Hadlyme Ferry. A Seasonal means of transport across the mighty Connecticut River, the ferry is a popular means of crossing the river during the summer months. It's more than a tourist attraction- it's an educational outing for children and adults into the workings of a modern-day ferry. Drive your car or bike, or come on foot to cross the river. Youngsters might remember this from the popular children's book Ferryboat by Betsy & Giulio Maestro.
Opened in 1969, the Lyman Orchards Golf Course is located on the property of the famous Lyman Orchards,one of Connecticut's best pick-your-own farms. The site contains two 18-hole courses, the Jones Course and the Player Course. With reasonable rates and excellent facilities, the Lyman Orchards Golf Club is a great place to tee off or come for private lessons. Where else could you go pick up a hot apple pie when done with tee time?
One of the state's best places to get an apple pie or pick-your-own fruit, Lyman Orchards offers fresh, local produce at great prices. There are a slew of annual events at the Orchards, starting with the Apple Hunt at Easter, where the Easter Bunny puts aside his candy for some healthy apples. During the summer months, there is the Sunflower Maze, and then if visiting in September and October, stop by the Corn Maze, which is spread across four acres of property. If golf is your game, there are two golf courses on the premise at the Golf Club. You will never run out of things to do at Lyman Orchards!
Across from scenic Gillette Castle State Park and the Goodspeed
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