DAY One

Stop #1

Wilton Historical Society, Wilton

In Wilton explore two 18th c. classic center chimney homes showcasing 14 period rooms from the colonial to the Victorian eras plus an art gallery and exceptional toy and train collection. Working blacksmith demonstrations a specialty. www.wiltonhistorical.org.

 

Stop #2

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk

In Norwalk, take a behind the scenes tour at this nationally recognized aquarium that puts you nose-to-nose with sharks, within inches of seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and more than 1,000 other marine animals.  Afterward, take a cruise on the Aquarium’s new research vessel, the Spirit of the Sound to learn about the marine life of Long Island Sound.  www.maritimeaquarium.org.

Lunch in Historic SONO (South Norwalk)

From breweries to Indian, Seafood to Mexican you will find something to suit every palate.

Stop #3

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk

This Norwalk attraction is located in a 19th c. stone carriage house and is dedicated to the art of printmaking.  Take a printmaking tour that includes learning about the history of printmaking and current trends, how to collect prints, a demonstration using printmaking tools and materials, a demonstration of how to pull a print and hands on experience to create your own print. www.contemprints.org.

 

Stop #4

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, Norwalk

Tour Norwalk’s Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum that predates Newport’s mansions and is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant surviving Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. The Mansion illustrates the splendor of the Victorian era with its unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture. www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.

 

Stop #5

Sheffield Island - Norwalk

Enjoy a late afternoon cruise through Norwalk Harbor to Sheffield Island.  Tour an 1868 lighthouse, take a walk on the beach, explore the McKinney Wildlife Refuge and enjoy an authentic clambake on the island. www.seaport.org.

 

DAY TWO

Stop #1

Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan

In New Canaan, tour the Glass House a National Trust Historic Site designed by modern architect, Philip Johnson.  A walking tour of this site’s pastoral landscape includes a tour of the Glass House, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, Da Monsta and temporary exhibits. http://theglasshouse.org.

Stop #2

Silvermine Guild Art Center, New Cannan

Tour the Galleries at the Silvermine Guild Art Center in New Canaan that showcase the work of over 300 professional artists in its award winning galleries and provides a wide range of workshops for all levels. www.silvermineart.org.

 

Lunch

 

Stop #3

Bush Holley House, Greenwich

This Greenwich museum located in Cos Cob was home to one of Connecticut's first art colonies and features interpretive rooms from two distinct time periods - the New Nation (1790-1825) and the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1920). The Collection includes works by artists of the Cost Cob Art Colony and other noted American Impressionists. www.hstg.org.

 

Stop #4

Soundwaters, Stamford

End the afternoon in Stamford with a cruise on an 80 ft. three-masted schooner styled after a 19th century Chesapeake Bay sharpie schooner. Board with your own fare or caterer of your choice, beer and wine may be served. www.soundwaters.org.

 

Evening Activities

Stamford

After dinner, take in a performance at one of Stamford’s theaters:

Avon Theatre Film Center www.avontheatre.org

Curtain Call www.curtaincallinc.com

Stamford Center for the Arts www.scalive.org

 

Other Nearby Options:

Barnum Museum, Bridgeport - http://www.barnum-museum.org

Bruce Museum, Greenwich - https://brucemuseum.org

Fairfield Museum and History Center, Fairfield - http://www.fairfieldhistory.org

Westport Country Playhouse, Westport -  http://www.westportplayhouse.org 

Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport - http://www.beardsleyzoo.org

Captain’s Cove, Bridgeport - http://www.captainscoveseaport.com

 

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