Summer is that singular season when we all feel pulled towards new experiences. Changes of scenery. Memory-inducing moments. When the New England weather is at its warmest. Impossibly blue skies are decorated with the faintest wisp of painterly white clouds. And the brush strokes of nature are in glorious, colorful bloom.
This is the time when we all decide to escape. To break our routines. Seek out that which we've never before seen. Or decide to return to scenes where warmly-recalled nostalgia reigns supreme.
As the 2018 summer heats up here at Living Greenwich, we wanted to provide a little 'perspiration-inspiration' -- some ideas for warm-weather day trips and short-but-invigorating road trips that are certain to get your wheels turning in the direction of sunshine smiles for miles!
Whether you're parents with children, young couples looking for romance, twenty-somethings with friends, ladies looking for a girls' night out, guys looking for an adrenaline adventure, or retirees seeking refined regional escapades - we've tried to include something for you!
So without further ado, allow us to introduce the:
Living Greenwich 2018 Summer Day Trip Guide
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- Boundless Adventures Aerial Adventure Park - Purchase, NY
- Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport, CT
- RPM Raceway - Stamford, CT
- The Connecticut Antiques Trail
- Summer Theatre of New Canaan
- Griffith E. Harris Golf Course - Greenwich, CT
- Boating on Candlewood Lake - New Milford, CT
- Mianus River Park - Cos Cob and Stamford, CT
Have you ever looked at the wind rustling the lush green foliage on the trees on a perfect summer day and had an energy-boosting urge to forge a deeper connection with nature?
What better way than to test your boundaries at Boundless Adventures in Purchase, NY! This new eco-friendly aerial-adventure destination offers nine obstacle courses with zip-lines, bridges, and rope challenges in an 8-acre hardwood forest park.
Boundless Adventures is an invigorating obstacle course among the trees for people of ALL ages - and it's MOST DEFINITELY a thrilling and exciting climbing experience you won't soon forget!
There's no shortage of excellent reasons why over 150 million people a year choose to visit zoos and aquariums in the United States.
Some of them are looking for a pleasant outing in an idyllic park-like setting with family and friends. Others are seeking the enjoyment of bringing storybook characters to life in the eyes of their child. Some visit out of scientific curiosity and a desire to learn. Photo opportunities attract the camera crowds. Stress relief and the exercise of walking are additional motivators!
But the simple truth is that the opportunity to get up-close with living, breathing animals is an amazing experience - AND one that can be had as an easy day trip from the Greenwich area via a visit to Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo (just over 30 minutes from downtown Greenwich)!
Satisfy your NEED for SPEED (PLUS a whole host of additional fun activities) this summer at RPM Raceway in Stamford, CT -- a full-fledged, fast-paced, family-amusement haven less than 15 minutes from downtown Greenwich!
RPM Raceway is America’s ultimate all-electric indoor go-kart and experiential entertainment destination, providing an authentic, exhilarating and memorable racing experience second only to climbing into an actual race car - in addition to virtual reality, racing simulators, bowling, a full arcade, and more! Click through and continue reading for more details on all the thrills to be had at RPM Raceway...
Are you one of those people for whom 'antique' is a verb? If so, you should probably set aside some day-trip dates for 'antiquing' along the Connecticut Antiques Trail!
Hit the road and visit spots where you'll see your fair share of 1700s Americana, mid-century modern furniture, and vintage collectibles from every generation. Go prepared to spend some slow time amidst the auction houses and small town antique shops, flea markets and antique shows — even historic inns filled with treasures from another age!
The CT Antiques Trail winds through historic and scenic Connecticut revealing antiques of varying styles, periods and price ranges to satisfy enthusiasts and collectors alike. Keep your eyes open - there's a very good chance you'll find that rare piece you've been searching for forever; or, perhaps, a complete surprise that catches your glance, captures your heart, and comes back home with you!
There's something about experiencing live theatre during the summer in an open air setting that adds another layer of magic and memory to the performance!
Lucky for us, the Summer Theatre of New Cannan (STONC) happens to be just a short 15 mile ride up the road - AND they have some incredible shows planned for their 15th season in 2018!
Are you looking to try something new? Looking for fresh ideas about how to fill a sunny summer afternoon somewhere other than Tod’s Point?
How about an afternoon with the family at The Griff followed by a casual meal and a cold beverage on the patio at Birdie’s Restaurant before heading home?
Let's get one thing straight right away: Greenwich, CT is positively surrounded by PLENTY of opportunities for incredible summer boating and water-sport adventures.
But those of you who live the boating lifestyle can certainly understand the magnetic pull that new waterways and a change of scenery cast across a captain's imagination.
Fortunate for us, just 45 minutes north of Greenwich there's a body of water capable of offering a vastly different flavor of boating experience than one is apt to find in the waters of Long Island Sound: Candlewood Lake.
Have you ever just wanted to get away from it all - but you only have a few precious moments available? Or want to take the kids on a “wilderness adventure” in search of exotic wildlife? Or power through a monster mountain bike workout?
Well you can do all the above right here in Greenwich at the Mianus River Park!
Leave the suburban sprawl of Greenwich behind and melt into the densely forested Mianus River Park and immerse yourself in the peaceful splendor of this local escape. Situated on 389 pristine acres straddling the Greenwich/Stamford border – the Mianus River Park is home to more than 14 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails full of flora and fauna – all waiting to be explored.
Writing by Eric Taubert.