The Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park is described as a sports park as well as a water park. One of the most popular features at Brownstone Park are the two zip lines that cut across the quarry installed in July 2007. The first line goes from the west side of the park to the peninsula at the center of the park. The second line travels south along the west side of the quarry. The lines are 750 and 780 feet long respectively. For the 2010 season, the Park added another two zip lines at 1000 feet, one of which is only accessible by climbing up an 80-foot rock wall.
Atop the most southerly hill in a chain known as the Seven Sisters, William Hooker Gillette, noted actor, director, and playwright, built this one hundred and eighty-four acre estate, the Seventh Sister. The focal point of his effort was a twenty four room mansion reminiscent of a medieval castle. Purchased by the State of Connecticut in 1943 from the executors of Mr. Gillette’s will, Gillette Castle and the adjoining property with its fine woodlands, trails, and vistas are now administered for the enjoyment of present and future generations.
EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center is committed to delivering extraordinary customer experiences that promote self and team development. By creating a unique and stimulating environment, EMPOWER provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to embark on a one of a kind adventure that will enhance their mental and physical fortitude.
Priam Vineyards is a completely solar powered winery and sustainable vineyard nestled in the Salmon River Watershed area. Their thirteen International Award-Winning wines produced are estate grown, blended, bottled and cellared on premises. The seasonally beautiful surroundings offer a number of outdoor activities throughout all seasons. It’s a wonderful weekend destination for the entire family.
Two miles of mountaintop resembling a large man lying in repose, the sleeping giant, is a popular feature of the south central Connecticut skyline. A 1.5 mile scenic trail leads to the stone observation tower on the peak of Mt. Carmel which provides an excellent view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area. In 1924 Sleeping Giant was designated as a state park.
Located at the foot of Ocean Avenue in Mystic Country, New London’s premier recreational facility provides excellent public access to the Atlantic Ocean from a beautiful white, sugar sand beach, complemented by an Olympic-size freshwater pool, lockers, and event staging. The 50-acre Park also boasts a beautifully landscaped 18-hole miniature golf course and various attractions.
KidCity is a perfect spot for young children aged 1-8 years old. It’s more than just a museum, it’s a fun, interactive mix between a museum and an indoor playground where you and your child can play pretend together while using your imagination to have fun. Each room has a different theme such as a pirate ship, fishery, space age, farming,and is filled with tons of props to play with.
A beautifully rebuilt covered bridge. Follow the road up the river to find nice fly fishing areas and other great places to enjoy the Salmon River. The bridge was built in 1840 and is one of only three historical covered bridges in the state. The 30 ft. long east span is significant in its own right as the only remaining example in Connecticut of an enclosed wooden pony truss, that is, one with no overhead roof or other bracing.
Family owned and operated, the inspiration for Arrigoni Winery was introduced by boxing champion John Jack LaSalle Gherlone — grandfather to the current winery owner. The winery is named after the landmark Arrigoni Bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Middletown and Portland. Arrigoni Winery is situated on 200 acres of farmland nestled between Route 66 and the Connecticut River.
The museum’s collections of nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years and feature the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts, world-renowned baroque and surrealist paintings, an unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes, European and American Impressionist paintings, modernist masterpieces, the Wallace Nutting collection of American colonial furniture and decorative arts, the Samuel Colt firearms collection, African American art and artifacts, and contemporary art.
A family-fun destination that offers year-round factory tours with the very unique hands-on opportunity for visitors to make their own chocolate bars. They recently introduced hand-made gelatos and sorbets, which are perfect complements to their gourmet chocolates. In 2012 Fascias was named “Best Chocolates in Connecticut” by Connecticut Magazine.