Summer Vacation Day Trips for the Whole Family

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Summer vacation is almost upon us.  Every summer parents are looking for activities to keep their children busy during school vacation.  Many of us are finding it more difficult to plan those week long vacations due to gas prices and the cost of vacations in general.  So here are some great day trips you can take with your family right here in Connecticut.

Maritime Aquarium: The exhibits and big tanks at the Maritime Aquarium in South Norwalk house sharks, sea turtles, harbor seals, river otters and jellyfish. There’s a shark and ray touch tank and even a family of lovable meerkats.

Beardsley Zoo: Located in Bridgeport you’ll find hundreds of animals at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo. Among them are Siberian tigers, bison, monkeys, wolves, alligators, bears and snakes – lots of snakes. There’s a walk-through aviary, a New England farmyard and a rainforest building, among other features.

Stamford Museum and Nature Center:  With 118 acres of trails you’ll see wood ducks, painted turtles and frogs. Then check out Heckscher Farm, a traditional New England farm where kids can watch workers milk goats and shear sheep.

PEZ Visitors Center:  Fun for all ages.  Located in Orange you and your children will get true insight into the history of this venerable candy treat. Over 4,000 square feet devoted to all things PEZ.

Rocky Neck State Park:  The whole family will enjoy a day here.  Located on Long Island Sound in Niantic, a 710-acre park offers swimming, fishing, hiking, birding and views of tidal marshes.

Children in the mood to see dinosaurs?  Then head to the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven.  Inside the Great Hall, you’ll see a juvenile Apatosaurus skeleton, a mesmerizing 110-foot-long mural, “The Age of Reptiles,” painted by Rudolph Zallinger, and a fossil of the largest know turtle species, Archelon.

These are just a few ideas to help you and your children enjoy the summer vacation.  Also remember to be safe and have fun while taking your day trips.

Penny Hanley & Howley Insurance

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