Audubon Center at Bent of the River

185 East Flat Hill Rd., Southbury, CT 06488.

(1.5 mi. from Exit 14, I-84). (203) 264-5098. 700 acres with 15 miles of trails. No pets. Located on the Pomperaug River - Designated an important bird area. Open daily from Sunrise to Sunset.

Blue Jay Orchards

125 Plumtrees Rd., , Bethel, CT 06801.

(203) 748-0119. Pick your own apples early Sept. thru early Nov. Wagon Rides to our "Pumpkin Patch" on Sat. & Sun. during October. We offer a wide variety of farm fresh apples, pies, breads, sweet cider, cider donuts, gift shop, and so much more. Open daily 10-5. Sept. - Dec.

Blue Jay Orchards

125 Plumtrees Rd., Bethel, CT 06801.

Off Rte. 6. (203) 748-0119. Pick your own apples early Sept. thru early Nov. Hayrides to our "Pumpkin Patch" on Sat. and Sun. during October. We offer a wide variety of farm fresh apples, pies, breads, sweet cider, cider donuts, gift shop, and so much more. Open daily 10-5. Sept. - Dec.

Cyrenius H. Booth Library/Museum

25 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470.

(203) 426-4533. Our library is a showcase for the tour of Newtown. Excellent collection of library materials and displays of historical materials relating to Newtown. We also have antique books and genealogy collections.

Danbury Museum & Historical Society Authority

43 Main St., Danbury, CT 06810.

(203) 743-5200. The museum maintains the John and Mary Rider House (c. 1785) with exhibits reflecting life before, during and after the Revolutionary War; the John Dodd Hat Shop (c. 1790) details the processes used in hat production and displays a variety of Danbury hats; the Marian Anderson Studio has exhibits celebrating the life of world renowned contralto Marian Anderson, and maintains the birthplace of Pulitzer Prize winner and father of modern American music Charles Ives. Take a self-guided walk around Ives birthplace (interior closed). Sat. 10-4.

Danbury Railway Museum

120 White St., Danbury, CT 06810.

(203) 778-8337. Over sixty vintage locomotives and railroad cars are on display; some are open for tours. Educational exhibits of railroad artifacts and photographs. Four operating model train layouts. Train rides on weekends in rail yard April thru Nov. Summer Hours: June, Jul., Aug. Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun. 12-5. Winter Hours: Sept. thru May Wed.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 12-4. Adults $6, Seniors $5, Children 3-12 yrs. $4, Children 2 yrs. & under free. Train rides extra. Special prices for events – call for details.

Ives Concert Park

43 Lake Avenue Ext., Danbury, CT 06810.

(203) 837-9226. Entertainment destination and nationally recognized outdoor amphitheater, for more than 40 years honoring the memory of Danbury native Charles Ives, one of America's greatest music composers. Hosts annual Summer Concert Series, Spring – Fall, pop, rock, R&B, blues, jazz, swing, classical, country, folk, bluegrass, Broadway; seating capacity 5,000; 3,000 reserved, 2,000 lawn seating, & jumbo video screen.

Kettletown

1400 Georges Hill Rd,, Southbury, CT 06488.

Southbury. On Lake Zoar, exit 15 off I-84, to Rte. 67 south, right on Kettletown Rd., right on Georges Hill Rd. Park's name derived from purchase of land from Native Americans for one brass kettle. 68 campsites, fishing, hiking, swimming, youth group camping, picnicking. Charge: Camping, Day Use, Weekends and Holidays. Campground Office: (203) 264-5678 (May- Sept.). Park Office: (203) 938-2285.

Matthew Curtiss House

44 Main St, Newtown, CT 06470.

(203) 426-5937. 18th century saltbox circa 1750 displays 300 years of Newtown material culture, including furniture, paintings, and decorative accessories. Open house and living history demonstrations one Sun. per month Mar.-June, Sept.-Dec. Lecture Series second Mon. each month Sept.-May at CH Booth Library. Antiques Show at Fairfield Hills Campus, House & Garden Tour.

McLaughlin Vineyards

14 Albert's Hill Rd., Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

(203) 426-1533. McLaughlin Vineyards is located on a 160 acre farm along the Housatonic River in scenic Sandy Hook. A multi-seasonal operation, the winery features wine tastings, wine education classes, hiking trails, picnicking, vintage baseball games, special events, corporate and private functions and a country store filled with gourmet and wine related items, and their estate-tapped, produced and bottled, pure maple syrup. Open daily Jun.-Dec. 11-5. Jan. – May Wed.-Sun. 11-5. Sunday Music Series May – Oct. On the CT Wine Trail.