Daytrips — Wilton Library
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Daytrips

A guide to day and weekend travel destinations in the northeast. Some of the destinations listed below are included in the Wilton Library’s Museum Pass Program.


 

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Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
“A national leader in the exhibition of significant and challenging contemporary art with an emphasis on emerging and mid-career artists, a world-class innovator of museum education programs, and a vital cultural resource for our community.”
Ambler Farm, Wilton, CT
This beautiful 200-year-old, 22 acre working farm was purchased in 1999 by the Town of Wilton. Come and see the progress to date and plans for further preservation so that the buildings and grounds can be used and enjoyed by all.
American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY
Including the Rose Center for Earth and Space and the new Haydn Planetarium.
Are We There Yet?
Where can you take your students for a really great field trip? Where can you take your family for a one-day vacation? This site bills itself as the “ultimate field trip resource” and contains information on attractions (in southern Connecticut, northern Delaware, northern Maryland, southern New York, New Jersey, and eastern Pennsylvania), bus companies, lodging, and restaurants.
Astroland Amusement Park, Coney Island
New York City’s largest amusement park and home of the “World Famous Cyclone.”
Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, MA
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the Basketball Hall of Fame is the home of all things basketball. Meet the inductees, travel through the history of basketball in the U.S., or chat with other basketball fans on this site. Or plan a trip to see it all in person. While you’re in the area, stop by the Volleyball Hall of Fame in Holyoke.
Battleship Cove, Fall River, MA
Located in Fall River, Massachusetts, Battleship Cove is the home of Battleship Massachusetts and her sister ships. The site includes statistics about and histories of the ships, information on visits, and education and research initiatives.
Bronx Zoo
Highlights, directions, events schedule, a map, and animal information are included on this site.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is internationally recognized for its world-class plant collections. With more than a dozen specialty gardens and ten special collections from roses to rhododendrons, magnolias to maples, BBG is unmatched in the variety and quality of plants it grows.
Bruce Museum, Greenwich
The Bruce has a collection of approximately 15,000 objects, with holdings in fine and decorative arts, natural science and anthropology.
Bush-Holley House Museum, Greenwich, CT
Overlooking the harbor, in the historic district of Cos Cob, this classic saltbox houses a collection of art by leading American Impressionist painters of the art colony period.
Caramoor, A Garden of Great Music, Katonah, NY
A winding country road in northern Westchester (in Katonah, New York), 40 miles from New York City, leads to the home of “the loveliest music festival of them all,” Caramoor. One hundred acres of woodlands, spacious lawns and formal gardens provide the setting for Caramoor’s elegant and intimate concert venues.
Children’s Museum, Boston, MA
Online activities and exhibits for children; resources for parents and teachers; and everything you need to know about planning your trip to the museum are here at this colorful, kid-friendly site.
The Children’s Museum, West Hartford, CT
Located in West Hartford, CT, the Children’s Museum offers visitors exciting exhibits, planetarium/laser shows and dynamic educational programs.
The Cloisters, New York, NY 
The Cloisters is the branch of the Metropolitan Museum devoted to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park, the building incorporates elements from five medieval French cloisters (quadrangles enclosed by a roofed or vaulted passageway, or arcade) and from other monastic sites in southern France.
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History, Storrs, CT
At the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the Museum features science and Native American exhibits, live bees, the Videoplace artificial reality display and hands-on activities.
The Connecticut Trolley Museum, East Windsor, CT
The Museum, located in East Windsor, CT, is owned and operated by the Connecticut Electric Railway Association, Inc., founded in October 1940. It is the nation’s oldest incorporated organization dedicated to the preservation of streetcars and the Trolley Era. As a non-profit institution, its educational and historical aim is the establishment of a full size operating street and interurban railroad system with the appropriate accessory equipment and buildings, to recreate an important phase of New England’s business and social life from 1890 to 1945.
EcoTarium, Worcester, MA
A regional (Worcester, MA) environmental museum dedicated to stimulating appreciation, increasing knowledge, and promoting stewardship of New England’s environments.
Emelin Theatre, Mamaroneck, NY
A full range of performances includes Summer Theatre and Children’s Theatre schedules.
Escapemaker: Connecticut
Tours in several parts of the state, including dining and lodging recommendations.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat Ride, Essex, CT
A history of the Valley Railroad, a map, fares, and a schedule of activities are included in this site along with some photographs and links to other sites of interest to railroad buffs.
Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
The home of an important patron of American artists, the Griswold Museum houses an impressive collection of art in a place where many of the artists lived and worked. Also houses the archives of the Lyme Historical Society.
Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield, MA
Hancock Shaker Village, the Shakers’ “City of Peace,” beckons you to discover the way of life of America’s most successful communitarian society. Now a living history museum, the village was an active Shaker community from 1790 to 1960.
Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington, CT
This 152-acre hilltop estate, once a working farm with orchard, dairy and a six-hole golf course, includes fields, stonewalls, woodland walking trails and a Beatrix Farrand-designed sunken garden.
Historic Hudson Valley, NY
Visit historic Hudson Valley landmarks, get a calendar of events, or find information about school and group tours of area landmarks.
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, Queens, NY
Over 250 of Noguchi’s sculptures are displayed here in 13 galleries and a garden designed by the artist himself. See photos of the sculptures, learn about the artist’s life and work, and get information to help you plan your trip to the Garden.
Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
This unique hands-on science museum features the nation’s largest IMAX Dome Theater and includes exhibits on invention and technology, environment and health.
The Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford, CT
At 351 Farmington Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut, the Mark Twain House is a National Register Historic Landmark (since 1963) and the winner of a major award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center
This excellent museum celebrates the history of one of the oldest, continuously occupied Indian reservations in North America and its people.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
View online exhibits, shop the museum store, get schedules and vistor information.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Exhibits, program schedules, museum store, and more.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Educational resources, online exhibits, program schedules, and more.
The Museum of Science, Boston, MA
Recognized as one of the leading, informal science educational institutions in the United States, the Museum of Science takes a hands-on approach to science that attracts more than 1.6 million visitors annually. Appealing to children and adults alike, this world-class, pioneering science institution, representing all the basic sciences, invites people to learn about and enjoy science by participating in fun-filled, creative activities.
Mystic Seaport, Mystic, CT
The Museum of America and the Sea in Mystic, CT welcomes you with information about visiting the museum, educational and recreational programs, collections and research, and museum stores.
New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA
The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the largest museum in America devoted to the history of the American whaling industry and its greatest port. Through exhibits, publications, and programs, the Museum brings to life the whaling era and the history of the local area.
New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
Founded in 1903, the New Britain Museum of American Art can be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. Currently undergoing renovation and construction but will remain open.
The New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks, CT
At Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT, this is the largest aviation museum in the northeastern United States.
New England Aquarium, Boston, MA
The Aquarium welcomes you to take a virtual tour of their exhibits, learn more about marine life, or read about conservation efforts around the world. To help plan your non-virtual visit, find ticket information, exhibit and show schedules, and directions to the Aquarium.
The New York Botanical Garden
Bring the family and stroll through the Forest, take a tram tour, enjoy lunch at the Garden Cafe, get lost in the mazes, and explore the glasshouse.
New York Travel
From the New York Times, this site includes all sorts of information about what is going on in New York City today, from sales to music performances.
The Noah Webster House Museum of West Hartford, CT
The Noah Webster House is the birthplace and childhood home of Noah Webster, author of the first American dictionary. Museum visitors tour the house with costumed guides and may participate in some hands-on activities such as flax breaking and wool carding.
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Old Sturbridge Village, the largest history museum in the Northeast, is located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. The museum re-creates the daily work activities and community celebrations of a rural 19th-century town in authentic — living history — fashion. A virtual tour is the highlight of this informative site.
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
This museum is one of New England’s largest and specializes in early American decorative arts and Federal period architecture. Begun in 1799 by seafaring entrepreneurs, it is the country’s oldest continuously operating museum.
Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT
Explore the Peabody’s huge collection of artifacts, take a tour of The Age of Reptiles, or find program schedules, ticket information, and directions to the Museum.
Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth.org is dedicated not to only providing information about Plimoth Plantation, the living history museum of the seventeenth century in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but also serving as a resource by which visitors may learn more about the Pilgrim Story, the history of Plymouth Colony (1620-1692), the Wampanoag Indians, Thanksgiving, and find links to related sites on the Web.
The Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT
Hailed as the “Smithsonian of New England,” the Shelburne Museum was founded in 1947 by Electra Havemeyer Webb, a pioneer collector of Americana and American folk art. Located in Shelburne, Vermont, the Museum houses one of America’s most extensive and diverse collections of folk, fine and decorative arts.
Silverman’s Farm, Easton, CT
Pick your own fruits and vegetables and visit the 5-acre Animal Farm on Sport Hill Road in Easton, CT.
Silvermine Guild Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
An important, exciting community of artists, art students, and art patrons.
Six Flags New England, Agawam, MA
Amusement park.
Stepping Stones Museum, Norwalk, CT
Stepping Stones Museum for Children invites children to explore, imagine, create and discover new experiences every time they visit! All exhibits, designed for children ages ten and under, encourage hands-on exploration and discovery, incorporating the themes of Science, The Arts, Culture and Heritage.
Tanglewood, Lennox, MA
During the Summer the Boston Symphony makes its home at this beautiful facility in western MA. Get schedules, purchase tickets, and learn about this history of Tanglewood.
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
This site is an introduction to Connecticut’s premier art museum (located in Hartford) and includes a guided tour of the collections, programs, and exhibitions.
Weir Farm, Wilton, CT
A national historic site right here in Wilton; the home of impressionist painter J. Alden Weir (1852-1919).
Wilton Historical Society and Heritage Museum
An exciting complex featuring two 18th century houses, 14 authentically furnished rooms, an outstanding “toy loft,” barn, blacksmith shop, and special exhibitions.
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Zoar’s whitewater raft trips, canoe and kayak clinics, rock climbing clinics, sea kayak trips, and outfitters shop are located in the Deerfield River valley of western Massachusetts in the town of Charlemont. A wide variety of clinics are structured to accommodate all levels of experience.