Put on your jeans and sneakers and head for farm country. At Bloomfield’s 4-H Farm Resource Center, I-91 Exit 35 or I-84 Exit 41, you’ll find everything from barnyard animals to modern biotechnology on a 120 acre working farm. Fly over to Sky Endeavors for a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful Farmington River Valley. When you get back to earth, wander through the 222 wooded acres at Wilcox Park in Bloomfield.
Overnight nearby and next morning continue your adventure with a visit to Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine, I-91 Exilt 40 in East Granby. Explore the tunnels and mine shafts where the Connecticut Colony kept its prisoners in the late 1700?s. Bring your golf clubs for a relaxing 9 holes at nearby Fox Run at Copper Hill Country Club.
Then the clang clang clang of an antique streetcar at the Connecticut Trolley Museum, Rte. 140 in East Windsor. One fare gives you unlimited rides on a variety of restored trolleys.
Stay an extra day and try and catch a professional polo game at Shallowbrook Equestrian Center, I-91 Exit 47 E in Somers,
or spend the day with Mother Nature at the Northwest Park and Nature Center, I-91 Exit 38 in Windsor. With more than eight miles of trails, a maple sugaring house, animal barn and cross-country ski rental center the 450 acres hold some real natural find!
DRIVING TIP: Approximate driving distance between furthest points (1 & 5) is 28 miles.
4-H Center at Auer Farm
A 120-acre production farm owned by Connecticut 4-H Development Fund. The farm setting provides hands-on science experiences. Production farm with 120 acres of pasture land, cornfields, orchards, hayfields, gardens, classrooms and out buildings. Informal visits with farm animals, pick-your-own blueberries, raspberries; cut Christmas trees in season.
Sky Endeavors LLC
Champagne hot-air balloon flights over the Farmington River Valley and other areas. Balloon and B&B packages available.
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine
Abandoned tunnels of one of New England’s first copper mines (1707) were used by Colony, later State of Connecticut as a prison between 1773-1827. Remains of prison, exhibits, mine tunnels, spectacular views, picnic area, hiking trails. National Historic Landmark. Operated by the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
Connecticut Trolley Museum
Three-mile round trip ride on antique trolleys. Tour the Visitor’s Center display and stationary trolleys. Self-guided tour of the nearby Connecticut Fire Museum, gift shop, deli and cafe.
Shallowbrook Equestrian Center
U.S. Polo Association tournaments, USA Equestrian horse shows, and five USEF shows per year; visitors welcome.
Fox Run at Copper Hill Golf Course