See exotic creatures in a rain forest environment at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, Rte. 8 Exit 4. Take a spin on the carousel. The Barnum Museum, 820 Main St., has a miniature circus, clown props and Tom Thumb memorabilia.
Take I-95, Exit 47 to New Haven’s Wooster Street where folks line up for some of the best pizza on the planet. Delectable desserts from nearby pastry shops top off a memorable meal. Check into a great room with a pool and a great weekend rate. Next day, be sure to see the dinosaur fossils at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Then take the kids for an old-fashioned streetcar ride at the Trolley Museum in East Haven, off U.S.1.
DRIVING TIP: Total mileage from 1 & 3 are 38 miles.
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.
The Barnum Museum
Dedicated to the celebration of the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum and those who were influenced by his presence in their lives. A Lilliputian circus of nearly 4,000 pieces, a mummy from the tombs of ancient Egypt, one-ton wonder Baby Bridgeport, a Victorian palace and museum store.
Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University)
“Brontosaurus” and Stegosaurus haunt the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, where Rudolph Zallinger’s famous Age of Reptiles mural spans 108′ and 300 million years of earth history. Frogs and other live animals inhabit the Discovery Room. Exhibits on Native America
Shore Line Trolley Museum
Nearly 100 classic trolleys, including first electric freight locomotive, oldest rapid transit car, rare parlor car and trolley rides. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.