2021 Summer Day Trips
Action Wildlife Foundation Inc.
337 Torrington Road, Goshen, CT,
Farm zoo with animals from around the world. Drive through or walk. Petting barn, hayrides. Wheelchair accessible. Check website for seasonal hours.
Rte. 41, Undermountain Road,
Salisbury, CT, www.appalachiantrail.org
Park your car and hike the beautiful trail, dawn to dusk. Be aware of ticks.
Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
25 Main St., Cooperstown, NY,
Museum open 7 days a week. Gift shop. Hall of Fame Induction, Sept. 8. Summer hours, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
140 Lower Road, East Canaan, CT,
Open year round during daylight hours, docents on site Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Historic iron furnace on the Blackberry River; Connecticut’s designated Industrial Monument.
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Rtes 183 & 102, Stockbridge, MA, 413-298-3926, www.berkshirebotanical.org
Courses & lectures in plant anatomy, physiology, botany, landscape design. Annual Grow Show. Display gardens and visitor center open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Gift Shop. Guided tours available.
39 South St., Pittsfield, MA,
Art, natural history and history for the entire family. Touch tank and aquarium, special outings and events. Spark! Lab hands-on, creative laboratory. Gift shop. Open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun., noon to 5 p.m. Members & children, under 3, free. Wheelchair accessible.
Lenox Station, 10 Willow Creek Road, Lenox, MA, 413-637-2210,
Historic Lenox Station, ride the Yard Jitney or experience a cab ride with an engineer, and tours, May through early September. The Lenox Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See website for updates and museum schedule.
Bidwell House Museum
100 Art School Road, Monterey, MA, 413-528-6888, www.bidwellhousemuseum.org
Georgian saltbox authentically restored, filled with antiques, and surrounded by 192 acres of grounds and hiking trails, the museum tells the story of the early settlement of the Berkshires. Grounds and gardens open year-round free of charge. Guided tours begin July 17th by appointment only on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3 p.m.
Canaan Railroad Days
North Canaan, CT, 860-824-8250,
57th Anniversary Canaan Railroad Days, July 14 to 18; Canaan Carnival, July 14 to 15 .
2962 State Highway 23, Hillsdale, NY, 518-325-3200 or 413-528-1262,
Aerial forest adventure, ages 7 and up, with 12 courses of varying difficulty, 170 elements, 50-plus zip lines. See website for information and seasonal hours.
The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck
661 Route 308, Rhinebeck, NY, 845-876-3080, www.centerforperformingarts.org
A venue for the performing arts. Open daily, year-round. Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. See website for events.
The New Children’s Museum
950 Trout Brook Drive,
West Hartford, CT, 860-231-2824,
The Children’s Museum offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families. Exhibits and demonstrations, education classes and activities, a live animal wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome, movies and planetarium shows.
Columbia County Fair
Columbia County Agricultural Society,
32 Church St., Chatham, NY, 518-392-2121, www.columbiafair.com
181st year anniversary, Sept. 1 to 6.
Danbury Railway Museum
120 White St., Danbury, CT, 203-778-8337, www.danburyrailwaymuseum.org
Unique line of vintage diesel locomotives, guided tours, train rides, exhibits, library, celebrate your child’s birthday, gift shop. Special events each month.
Dinosaur State Park
400 West St., Rocky Hill, CT, 860-529-8423, www.dinosaurstatepark.org
Registered National Landmark, open year round. Picnic area, 500 dinosaur tracks, trails, gift shop. Park grounds open daily, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m, closed Mondays. Fee for Exhibit Center only, children under 5 are free.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Springbrook Ave., Rte. 9,
Rhinebeck, NY, 845-876-4000,
175th Dutchess County Fair, Aug. 24 to 29. Check website for the full calendar of events.
Fireman’s Association of State of
New York Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY, 518-822-1875, www.fasnyfiremuseum.com
More than 300 years of firefighting history on display. Children 3 and under free. Wheelchair accessible. Gift shop. Tours available by request. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Fisher Center at Bard
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 845-758-7900, fishercenter.bard.edu
Summerscape 2021 live music, dance, opera and performance events run during July and August. 31st Bard Music Festival Aug. 6 to 15. See website for other events.
Goshen Fairgrounds, Rte. 63, Goshen, CT, 860-491-3655, www.goshenfair.org
Hancock Shaker Village
1843 W Housatonic St. (Rtes. 20 & 41), Pittsfield, MA, 413-443-0188,
Craft demonstrations, oval box making, exhibits, farm animals, and more. Children 12 and under, free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
255 Discovery Drive, Howe’s Cave, NY, 518-296-8900, www.howecaverns.com
Visit the limestone cave discovered by Lester Howe, 165 feet below ground. Open year-round with seasonal hours.
362 Tyrrel Road, Millbrook, NY, 845-677-8000, www.innisfreegarden.org
185-acre public garden. Open five days a week through Aug. 15. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, except legal holidays.
16 Main St., Millerton, NY,
Tour the historic 1858 one-room schoolhouse that was saved from demolition and relocated to the center of the village as a tourist destination and an institution for learning. Open through mid-October on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA, 413-243-9919, www.jacobspillow.org
225-acre National Historic Landmark, home to America’s longest-running international dance festival. Festival 2021 through Aug. 29. See website for more information.
Kent Falls State Park
Rte. 7, Kent, CT,
Five miles north of Kent center. 275 acres, 200-foot waterfall, hiking, beautiful picnic area and plenty of parking.
61 Main St., Torrington, CT, 860-618-7700, www.kidsplaymuseum.org
A museum where children can interact with the exhibits and learn as they play. Geared at children ages 1 to 10. Children under 1 year admitted free. See website for current hours of operation.
186 Enterprise Dr., Bristol, CT, 860-583-3300, www.lakecompounce.com
Family-friendly fun theme park. Includes roller coaster and thrill rides, water rides, classic and kiddie rides and shows. Lake Compounce serves a wide variety of food options as well.
Lebanon Valley Speedway & Dragway
1746 Rte. 20, Lebanon, NY, 518-794-7130, www.lebanonvalley.com
Dirt-sanctioned stock car racing. Muscle car drag racing. Office hours Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Race days gates open 5 p.m. See website for more information.
Lime Rock Park
60 White Hollow Road (Rte. 112), Lakeville, CT, 860-435-5000,
2021 Auto racing season. Food concessions, bring your lawn chair and cooler. Call or go online for park information including camp sites and complete racing schedule.
Magic Wings Butterfly
Conservatory and Gardens
281 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, MA, 413-665-2805, www.magicwings.com
Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays. Features an 8,000-square-foot indoor conservatory home to nearly 4,000 exotic and domestic butterflies in a tropical environment.
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle St., Great Barrington, MA, 413-528-0100, www.mahaiwe.org
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center presents live performances, film, and cultural events year-round from a historic Berkshire theater. Box office open Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. See website for scheduled events.
75 Greenmanville Ave., Rte. 27, Mystic, CT, 860-572-0711, or 888-973-2767 www.mysticseaport.org
Maritime Art Gallery, education & special kids programs, group tours, planetarium, classes, recreated 19th-century seafaring village with shops. Climb aboard an historic tall ship and stop by the Mystic Aquarium. Open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport,
36 Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT, 860-623-3305, www.neam.org
Helicopters, DC-3 airliner, WWII aircraft, jet fighters, etc. Open daily, 10am-4pm. Children 3 and under free. Children under 18 free through Sept. 6 with adult. Discounts for seniors.
Norman Rockwell Museum
9 Glendale Road, Stockbridge, MA,
Largest collection of Norman Rockwell art including original Saturday Evening Post covers, gift shop, tours, cafe, beautiful ground for walking and having a picnic. Open Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday noon-7pm, closed Wednesday. Free parking, wheelchair accessible. 18 and under, free.
Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA, 800-733-1830, www.osv.org
A recreated village and outdoor history museum that brings to life the world of ordinary men and women in early 19th-century rural New England. Wheelchair accessible, free parking, children under 3, free; senior discount.
for the 21st Century
2980 Route 66, Chatham, NY, 518-392-6121, www.ps21chatham.org
PS21 is set on 100 acres of restored orchard fields. Programs through September. See website for schedule. Grounds open to the public.
Sharon Audubon Center
325 Cornwall Bridge Road (Rte. 4),
Sharon, CT, 860-364-0520,
Eleven miles of woodland and meadow hiking trails. Pond, exhibits, gift shop, visitor center. Open year-round.
Eric Sloane Museum
and Kent Iron Furnace
31 Kent-Cornwall Road,
Kent, CT, 860-927-3849
Reconstructed studio and artwork of
Eric Sloane. Antique machinery, rock,
gem and mining exhibits. Gift shop.
Open Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Taconic State Park
253 Rte. 344, Copake Falls, NY,
Hiking trails, swimming, camping, cabins, nature center, kayaking, canoeing, fishing. 25 miles of trails. Call for schedule.
Millbrook School, 131 Millbrook School Road, Millbrook, NY, 845-677-3704,
180 animals, exotic species. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. by reservation only.
Rte. 9G, Hyde Park, NY, 845-229-9115, 845-229-9422, www.nps.gov/elro
The private retreat of Eleanor Roosevelt. Only National Historic Site dedicated to an American first lady. Val-Kill Cottage remains closed. The grounds are open every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
37 Furnace Bank Road, Wassaic, NY, 855-927-7242, www.wassaicproject.org
Community and artist space in Wassaic, NY. See website for events and exhibits.