Fairfield County Museums
December 29, 2015
The brink of the New Year is a time when many amplify their efforts towards self-improvement. What is your New Year’s Resolution?
If your aim is to get out more, or to learn something new, or just to explore the varied landmarks around Connecticut, then visiting a nearby museum should make your New Year list.
While education is often only a Youtube video away, there’s something satisfying about a museum’s high ceilings and the drone of a docent. Whether you’re looking to better yourself or give some younglings a memorable day, check out these museums near the Waypointe Apartments.
Slater Memorial Museum
108 Crescent St., Norwich, CT
Art and state history rolled into one - this is the quintessential museum experience. With casts of statues from ancient Rome to the Renaissance, local historical artifacts, and a slew of paintings, art buffs and inquisitive minds alike will be titillated by the exhibits at the Slater Memorial Museum.
Sheffield Island Lighthouse & Ferry
Dock at: 4 North Water St., Norwalk, CT
A far cry from other museum-going experiences, a day on Sheffield Island includes coasting on a ferry, hiking trails, and a tour of the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Step into the shoes of historic water travelers and get off the mainland for a while.
Packing a picnic for a day on Sheffield Island isn’t a bad call. Quiet and scenic, it is the perfect venue for a relaxing day of walking, eating, and learning.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center or Earthplace
39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, CT
More of an outdoors experience than a museum, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center has a wealth of activities. Situated on 118 acres, the museum is centered on art, history, nature, and agriculture.
What this comes out to is miles of trails, a planetarium and observatory, a working farm, a mansion, and an otter pool. Yes, that’s right, a pool full of otters. Couple that with a large playground and stunning arboretum and you have day jam-packed with fun and fresh air.
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 N. Water St., Norwalk, CT
Alligators and turtles and frogs, oh my! So maybe it’s not technically a museum, but who could ever turn down a day at the aquarium? Stroke a stingray or seastar in the touch tank, or delve deeper to gawk at sharks, jellies, and more.
If nautical nonsense won’t suffice for the day, this aquarium is equipped with a full IMAX theater. But the 2000+ marine animals should be enough to sate any intrepid explorer looking for a day of fun in Norwalk..
If you’re looking for a place to kick up your feet after a long day of walking (or hiking!) around one of these museums, look no further than the luxury apartments at the Waypointe.
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