Recreation & Entertainment

Project Oceanology
Category: Boat Rides
Address: 1084 Shennecossett Rd., Groton, CT.
Description: Explore what is below the water aboard the 55-foot research vessel EnviroLab. Passengers use oceanographic instruments, hall nets and drag up local marine creatures. Morning and afternoon cruises. Sunset cruises to the legendary New London Ledge Lighthouse. Reservations are suggested. Mid-June-Labor Day. Seal watch, weekends, Feb.-Mar.
Phone: (860) 445-9007, (800) 364-8472 (outside CT)

Camelot Cruises
Category: Boat Rides
Address: Haddam, CT.
Description: Murder Mystery dinner cruises, Fri.-Sat. evenings, matinees on Tues. & Sun.; live band dance cruises, Fri. -Sat. on selected dates. Sunday Brunch cruises with live Dixieland Jazz; 12-2:30 p.m. New Orleans Jazz cruise. Fall foliage cruises, late Sept. to early Nov.
Phone: (860) 345-8591

Mystic Whaler
Category: Boat Rides
Address: 15 Holmes Street, Mystic, CT.
Description: The Mystic Whaler is a re-creation of a New England schooner offering 1, 2, 3 and 5-day sailing adventures; also evening lobster dinner cruises available. Passengers are encouraged to lend a hand in the sailing of the 110-foot vessel.
Phone: (800) 697-8420

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Lauren 'B'
Category: Fishing
Address: Jake's Dock, Groton, CT.
Phone: (860) 572-9896

Brothers Too
Category: Fishing
Address: Crocker's Boatyard, New London, CT.
Phone: (860) 437-3491

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Stanton House (c. 1789)
Category: Historic Site
Address: 63 E.Main Streeet, Clinton, CT 06413
Description: 18th- and early 19th-century furnishings, general store, collection of antique American and Staffordshire dinnerware. Original site of Yale's first classroom.
Time: Sat.-Sun. 2-5, and by appointment
Phone: (860) 669-2132

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
Category: Historic Site
Address: 29 Main St.(rear of St. Stephen's Church), East Haddam, CT 06423
Description: One-room school where patriot spy, Nathan Hale, our state hero taught (1773-1774). St. Stephen's Church belfrey houses bell cast in 815 in Spain.
Time: Sat. & Sun. & holidays 2-4
Phone: (860) 873-3399

Smith-Harris House (c. 1845)
Category: Historic Site
Address: 33 Society Road, East Lyme, CT 06357
Description: Built in the Greek Revival style; restored to provide an introduction to mid-19th century living; local history museum. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Time: June-Aug., Fri.-Sun. 12-4, by appointment
Phone: (860) 739-0761

Thomas Lee House & Little Boston School
Category: Historic Site
Address: Rte. 156, East Lyme, CT 06357
Description: State's oldest wood-frame house (c.1660), English and Colonial furnishings. First district school (c.1734) between New York and Boston. English herb garden.
Time: Tue.-Sun. 1-4; and by appointment
Phone: (860) 739-6070, (860) 739-5079

Ebenezer Avery House (c. 1750)
Category: Historic Site
Address: Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, Fort St., Groton, CT 06340
Description: Center-chimney Colonial built by naval ensign. Well-equipped kitchen, weaving room, period furnishings.
Time: Weekends 1-5
Phone: (860) 446-9257

Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum
Category: Historic Site
Address: Naval Submarine Base, 1 Crystal Lake Rd., Groton, CT 06349
Description: Board the world's first nuclear-powered submarine. Museum recounts history of the U.S. Submarine Force. Working periscopes, mini-subs, mini-theaters. Gift shop, picnic area.
Time: May 15-Oct. 31; Wed.-Mon. 9-5, Tue. 1-5
Phone: (800) 343-0079, (860) 694-3174

Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717)
Category: Historic Site
Address: 120 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic, CT 06355
Description: Large center-chimney Colonial, period rooms from 1717 to 1941, furnished with family heirlooms.
Time: Thu.-Mon. 11-4.
Phone: (860) 536-9248

Hempstead Houses
Category: Historic Site
Address: 11 Hempstead Street, New London, CT 06320
Description: Two historic houses show the evolution of a Colonial seafaring family. The older (1678) is among the best documented 17th-century homes in America; the other, a rare example of an 18th-century stone house (1759) in New England. The Joshua Hempsted house is the only Underground Railway stop open to the public on Connecticut's Freedom Trail.
Time: Thu.-Sun. 12-4
Phone: (860) 443-7949, (860) 247-8996

Shaw-Perkins Mansion
Category: Historic Site
Address: 11 Blinman Street, New London, CT 06320
Description: Connecticut's naval war office during American Revolution. Guided tours with emphasis on West Indies trade, early New London history. Ralph Earle portrait collection, 18th-century furniture and artifacts, flower gardens.
Time: Wed.-Fri. 1-4, Sat. 10-4. Closed major holidays.
Phone: (860) 443-1209

Old Lighthouse Museum
Category: Historic Site
Address: 7 Water Street, Stonington, CT 06378
Description: First government-operated lighthouse in Connecticut (1823), moved in 1840 from point to present location on higher ground. Portraits, whaling and fishing gear, swords, articles from Oriental trade, children's room; changing exhibits.
Time: July and Aug., Daily 10-5.
Phone: (860) 535-1440

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Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center
Category: Museums & Galleries
Address: 110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, CT 06339
Description: Extensive permanent exhibits on the Native and natural history of southern New England include a cool descent into a glacial crevasse from 18,000 years ago. Walk through a 1550 Pequot Village populated by 51 life-cast figures. Experience interactive computer programs throughout the exhibits. View 14 films providing additional information and interpretation of the exhibits throughout the building. Two research libraries, one for children. Museum store and restaurant featuring Native and traditional American cuisine.
Time: Daily 9-5, last admission at 4
Phone: (800) 411-9671

Mystic Seaport
Category: Museums & Galleries
Address: 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355
Description: Founded in 1929, the museum houses the largest collection of boats and maritime photography in the world. Renowned for its village area of 19th-century buildings and ships. Daily demonstrations of maritime trades, a preservation shipyard, exhibit galleries, planetarium, research facilities, and educational programs. Plunge into the exhibit "Voyages: Stories of America and the Sea."
Time: Daily 9-5
Phone: (860) 572-5315, (888) 9-SEAPORT

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
Category: Museums & Galleries
Address: 409 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Description: Hands-on interactive museum for children ages 1 to 12. Exhibits and programs covering science, the arts, culture and history, safety and health.
Time: Tue.-Sat. 9:30-4:30, Fri. until 8 p.m., Sun. 12-5. Memorial Day-Labor Day open Mon. and during school vacations 9:30-4:30.
Phone: (860) 691-1111

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Gillette Castle State Park
Category: Parks & Forests
Address: 67 River Rd., East Haddam, CT 06423
Description: Schedule to re-open Memorial Day weekend. Unique fieldstone castle was home to legendary stage actor, William Gillette. The 184 acre park is situated on a hill overlooking the Connecticut River. . Gillette, best known for his portrayal Sherlock Holmes on stage, designed his house with intricately carved locks and wood doors. The grounds have extensive hiking trails and picnic spots.
Time: Grounds: daily 8 a.m.-sunset. Castle: Memorial Day-Columbus Day, daily 10-5, last tour 4:15.
Phone: (860) 526-2336

Hammonasset Beach State Park
Category: Parks & Forests
Address: Rte. 1, Madison, CT 06443
Description: Largest of Connecticut's shoreline parks. Two-mile beach, facilities for swimming, camping, picnicking, saltwater fishing, scuba diving, hiking and boating; concessions. Nature center and interpretive programs.
Time: 8 a.m.-Sunset
Phone: (203) 245-2785

Ocean Beach Park
Category: Parks & Forests
Address: 1225 Ocean Ave., New London, CT 06320
Description: Major recreation area offers saltwater and pool swimming, bathhouses, nature trail, carousel, children's rides, playground, miniature golf, picnic area, boardwalk, arcade, food concessions and dining facility, gift shop.
Time: Daily 9-11
Phone: (860) 447-3031, (800) 510-SAND

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Goodspeed Opera House
Category: Performing Arts
Address: Rte. 82, East Haddam, CT 06423
Description: Nationally acclaimed musicals performed in a historic Victorian theater overlooking the Connecticut River.
Time: Wed.-Sun.
Phone: (860) 873-8668

Eugene O'Neill Theater Center
Category: Performing Arts
Address: 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford, CT 06385
Description: Dedicated to the development of new works for the theater and training in the theater arts and its programs complement that goal. Programs in puppetry, playwriting, musicals, and cabaret.
Time: Evening Performances
Phone: (860) 443-5378

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Connecticut College Arboretum
Category: Science & Nature
Address: 270 Mohegan Ave., (Rte. 32), New London, CT 06320
Description: 750 acres with a variety of natural ecosystems. Native tree and shrub collections. Hiking trails, ponds. woody landscape plants from around the world.
Time: Daily dawn-dusk. May-Oct., Sun. public tours at 2 p.m.
Phone: (860) 439-5020

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Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
Category: Shopping
Address: 20-A Killingworth Tpke., Clinton, CT 06413
Description: 70 famous name outlet stores all in one place.
Time: July-Sept., Mon.-Sat. 10-9, Sun. 10-8
Phone: (860) 664-0700

Olde Mistick Village
Category: Shopping
Address: Coogan Blvd. (Rte. 27), Mystic, CT 06355
Description: Over 60 stores, restaurants and businesses in a Colonial New England setting. Mystic Shoreline Information Center, (860) 536-1641.
Time: Mon.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5. Summer & holiday season, Mon.-Sat. 10-8, Sun. 12-5
Phone: (860) 536-4941

Crystal Mall
Category: Shopping
Address: 850 Hartford Tpke. (Rte. 85), Waterford, CT 06385
Description: More than 130 specialty stores including Aeropostale, Ann Taylor Loft, Bombay, The Children’s Place, The Disney Store, Eddie Bauer, Gap, Gap Kids, Godiva Chocolatier, Gymboree, Old Navy, Victoria’s Secret, Waldenbooks, and Yankee Candle. Anchored by Filene’s, JCPenney, Macy’s & and Sears.
Time: Mon.-Sat. 9:30-9:30, Sun. 11-6.
Phone: (860) 442-8500

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