The Mark Twain House & Museum
This Victorian gothic 19-room house was Mark Twain?s home from 1874-1891. In this beautiful mansion Mark Twain wrote his masterpieces such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Prince and the Pauper. Come ready to experience the author?s life and learn much about his work and the times in which he lived. The museum also hosts many eclectic events such as "Tapping into Twain" Oktoberfest, Tom Sawyer Day and the Ice Cream Social.
Over 165 interactive exhibits that explore the solar system, dinosaurs, marine life and other scientific wonders, the center offers hands on displays for all ages. You can build a race cart, improve your basketball skills through computerized feedback and watch science come alive in the state-of-the-art 3D movie theater. If you want to encourage your young ones to become scientists, you can start by enrolling them in the Vacation Exploration Camps.
America?s first public art museum is known for having a diverse collection of art to admire, and it is set in a small and intimate museum that will keep you coming back. From Dali to Warhol, ancient to modern, you can contemplate the works of art up close without the crowds found larger museums. If you happened to be in Hartford on the second Saturday of the month the museum is free and offers many family oriented activities.
If you are looking for something fun to do for the whole family, head over to Greeley Park in Nashua. It covers 125 acres, and dominates the north end of Nashua. It is covered by woods and open spaces, and the Merrimack River flows through it. It's a beautiful place to spend a day, so why not bring a picnic or use the grills which are available all over the park? There are playgrounds and a wading pool for the kids, ball fields, tennis courts, hiking paths in the woods, horseshoe pits, a community gardening center, and even a boat ramp which gives you access to the river. During the summer, weekly concerts take place here and there are also special activities for the kids. In the winter, you can get your snowshoes out and have fun throwing snowballs and building snowmen. The park is dog friendly, so bring you best friend for a good hike.
Sodom Mountain Campground
Sodom Mountain Campground just outside of Springfield, Massachusetts offers full hook-ups. This family-friendly and very clean campground is conveniently located close to Six Flags New England. The campground maintains a rustic feel but the modern bathrooms are clean and well-maintained, and the swimming pool sparkles. There is a playground and plenty of activities including horseshoes, basketball, a mini-putt, and indoor arcade games. Some sites are pull-throughs, and there are also wooded tenting sites available. Food is available Friday nights, and at the Sunday breakfasts put on each week. Bring a group and take advantage of the large covered picnic pavilion. The campground also boasts hiking trails, a laundry, and a camp store. Planned activities and special events happen all season. Staff is friendly, pets are allowed, and the shop is well-stocked. The town of Southwick is close by and provides access to amenities like restaurants, groceries, and shopping.
Kettletown State Park
Kettletown State Park is just 17 miles outside of Stratford, Connecticut. It provides primitive camping, riverside recreation, and hiking. There are bathroom and shower facilities, and the campground is regularly patrolled by park rangers. As you follow the narrow, windy road towards the campground, you will note that you are leaving civilization behind and should prepare for time away from being busy. The large sites have picnic tables and fire rings. You can collect water from the spigots scattered around the campground. Cabins are available for rent by the lake. Spend you day on the beach or on the water. There is a boat ramp suitable for rowboats, canoes, and kayaks. Swimming and fishing are popular activities. The trails are great for walking or trail running. This park is far enough away from urban areas to feel like you've left it all behind, but Southbury, Connecticut is only a ten minute drive away.
Riverdale Farm Campsites
If you are looking for a fun-filled vacation that is perfect for creating family memories, check out Riverdale Farm Campsites in Danbury, Connecticut. This is an RV friendly campground in which you will get to enjoy the farm life. Riverdale Farm Campsites is located on a 100-acre colonial farm that is rich with history and beautiful scenery to take in.
Riverdale Farm Campsites offers a variety of different RV lots with full service hookups. There is a park and sports activities available to keep your whole family busy. The campground is kept in immaculate condition and has an on site lake that is perfect for rest and relaxation. You will be close to all of the wonderful activities that Connecticut has to offer to guests who are looking for a quiet retreat away from everyday life. This campground is located in the country with plenty of nature areas to explore.
Portland River Campground
If you would like to explore Meriden in Connecticut, a great place to stay is the Portland Riverside Campground. It's only nine miles away from Meriden, so you haven't got far to travel. It's a fantastic campground, located in a marina on the Connecticut River. The marina is one of the oldest on the river and has been in the same family for over 40 years. The campground covers 25 acres and there is a quarter of a mile of river frontage, so if you have a boat or inflatable, bring it along. The campground is situated in a shaded oval, which is bounded on two sides by forest and wetlands, and one side is on the river. There are 22 sites, which have electric and water hookup, either grass or concrete pads, and a picnic table. There is also night lighting, restrooms and showers, and a marine store. You can fish in the river, which contains Atlantic salmon, trout, striped bass, catfish, and eel. In mid-August there is a catfish tournament with prizes for the largest fish caught by kids and adults. You might be lucky enough to spot eagles and other raptors here.