Start off at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, I-95 Exit 14N/15S. The kids will love the frolicking otters and touch pool where they can actually touch a live ray.
Then head to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport, Rte. 8 Exit 4, where real monkeys leap from branch to branch and kids laugh with delight.
Fairfield’s Connecticut Audubon Center, I-95 Exit 21 is America’s first nature center. The adjacent 160-acre Larsen Sanctuary includes 6 miles of trails, ponds, and a walk for the physically challenged.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Rte. 15 Exit 35 includes a real New England working farm, country store, woodland trails and nature’s playground.
DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 5) is 47 miles.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Come nose-to-nose with sharks, inches away from seals, river otters, sea turtles, jelly fish. Educational public cruises, changing exhibits, boat shop, hands-on touch tanks, IMAX movie theater.
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
The state’s only zoo features primarily North and South American animals including several endangered species, a tropical rainforest with free-flight aviary, New England Farmyard, carousel, cafT and picnic grove, and Victorian Greenhouse. Nationally accredited.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
118 woodland acres; includes New England working farm, hiking trails, picnic area, Nature’s playground, pond life exhibit, boardwalk with seating niches along a stream (accessible to wheelchairs), galleries for interactive exhibitions with hands-on area for children, two stores. Monthly family-oriented special events. Planetarium shows Sun. 3 p.m. Observatory with research telescope Fri. evenings (weather permitting).