Nature-oriented fun for the whole family. Visit Natureplace, which features nature displays and hands-on natural science activities. See rescued wildlife, including bald eagles, hawks, vultures, owls and more up close. Hike the 62-acre sanctuary. Preschool program, summer camp, birthday parties, school, scout and after-school programs, and museum store.
Address: 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk offers close-up, even hands-on experiences. Staffed touch tanks. Pet a stingray. Touch crabs, sea stars, snails and more. Get nose-to-nose with sharks, seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish, frogs and more. Ocean Playspace offers respite for caregivers, fun for toddlers ages 5 and younger.
Address: 10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT
Stamford Museum and Nature Center
The Stamford Museum and Nature Center offers interactive exhibitions, educational programs and recreational activities. The 118-acre woodland site includes a working farm, nature center, state-of-the-art observatory with research telescope, studio art building, exhibition galleries, rental spaces, planetarium, and vast hardwood forest with five hiking trails.
Address: 39 Scofieldtown Road, Stamford, CT
Stepping Stones Childrens Museum
A museum for children ages 10 and under designed to promote exploration and discovery with an interactive approach. Over 100 hands-on activities, four main galleries, toddlers-only gallery, family programs and special events. 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606.