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Sport And Adventure

KAT Balloons – One of Connecticut’s most established balloon launches from private location. Dawn & sunset flights. (860-678-7921)
Heublein Tower –  Talcott Mountain State Park, Route 185, Simsbury, CT. On the mountain peak is the 165 foot high tower, built in 1914. Hike 1.25 miles along King Philip Trail; Connecticut’s finest viewing spot. (860-677-0662)
Ski Sundown –  124 Ratlum Road, New Hartford, CT.
Nestled just west of the Farmington Valley, with all the breathtaking beauty and natural charm of New England’s Berkshires. Superb skiing on 65 snow-covered acres, 4 lifts, 15 trails; night skiing. (860-379-9851)
International Skating Center of Connecticut –  1375 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT.  World Class figure skating training center and home training facility for National, World and Olympic Champions. (860-651-5400)
Farmington Valley Trails –  Over eighty miles of the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail and the eighteen miles of the Farmington River Trail; one of the most picturesque and historic greenways in New England. This trail runs fifty four miles through eleven towns and connects with many more biking and walking trails.
Farmington River Tubing –  Farmington River Tubing will put you and your friends in our specially designed river tubes for a 2.5 mile ride down the wild and scenic Farmington River.
Farmington Valley Farms –  7 Shingle Mill Road, West Simsbury, CT.
Enjoy farm animals in their natural habitat at a working New England farm. Farm animal petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, horse and carriages for hire. (860-658-5070)
Folly Farms Stables –  75 Hartford Road, Simsbury, CT.
A full service equestrian facility offering riding programs for beginners through national level competition, as well as recreational riding programs. Horse shows. (860-658-9943)
Pick in Patch –  Nod Road (off Route 44), Avon, CT.
Pick your own fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins, and most garden vegetables when in season. Cut your own Christmas trees at the 1666 Woodford Farm, Connecticut’s tenth oldest family farm. (860-677-9552)

Shopping Villages and Malls

Riverdale Farms –  124 Simsbury Road, Avon, CT
Shops, galleries, restaurants and more in a restored 1800’s New England Dairy Farm. (860-677-6437)
Old Avon Village –  Routes 44 and Old Farms Road, Avon, CT
Specialty shops, antiques and restaurants. (860-678-0469)
West Farms Mall –  Exit 40 off I-84, West Hartford/Farmington, CT.
Specialty shops, major stores and restaurants. (860-561-3420)
Avon Market Place –  Route 44, Avon, CT.
Specialty shops, major stores and restaurants.

 Museums

 •Hill-Stead Museum –  35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT.
French impressionist paintings, porcelains, furnishings. (860-677-9064)
Farmington Valley Arts Center –  25 & 27 Arts Center Lane, Avon Park North, Avon, CT.
Artists’ studios housed in a historic stone explosives plant are open to the public at various times. Sat. 11-4pm Tues. – Fri. 10-4pm. (860-678-1867, 674-1877)

Performing Arts

Bushnell Memorial Hall –  166 Capitol Ave., Hartford, CT
Connecticut’s premier performing arts center, this national landmark building is the home stage for the Hartford Symphony, Connecticut Opera and Hartford Ballet. Year-round. (860-246-6807)
Connecticut Opera –  226 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT
Sixth oldest opera company in the U.S. Season runs October – April. (860-527-0713)
Hartford Ballet –  226 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT
Connecticut’s premier dance company. Season runs October – May. (860-525-9396)
Hartford Stage Company –  50 Church Street, Hartford, CT
Intimate 489-seat theater in the heart of downtown. Season runs late September to mid-June; Sun., Tues., Wed. & Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 8:00 p.m., Wed. 2 p.m., Sun 2:30 p.m.
Hartford Symphony Orchestra –  228 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT
Greater Hartford’s premier orchestra since 1943. Call for schedule. (860-244-2999)
Lincoln Theater –  University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT.
Student productions, guest performers, readings, lectures and more. September to May. (860-768-4228, 800-274-8587)

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