Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

258 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

(203) 438-4519. The Aldrich is the only museum in CT devoted to contemporary art and one of the few non-collecting museums in the US. Solo exhibitions by emerging and mid-career artists are complemented by gallery-based education programs that help adults, families, and students connect to our world through contemporary art. Mon., Wed. - Sat. 10 – 5. Sun. noon - 5, Tues. closed. Free adm. third Sat. of every month. Adm. $10 adults, $5 seniors & students. Children under 18 free.

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.

Books on the Common

404 Main St., Ridgefield, CT

(203) 431-9100. Now in its 31st year, Books on the Common is located in historic downtown Ridgefield and features a wide selection of books for adults and children, along with cards, toys and unique gifts. Voted Best Bookstore by the 2014 Fairfield County Weekly readers poll.

Collis P. Huntington

Sunset Hill Rd., Redding, CT 06896.

Redding. At jct. Rte. 58 and Rte. 302, take Rte. 58 south, left on Sunset Hill Rd. Anna Hyatt Huntington's life like sculptures of bears and wolves are a highlight of the park. Canoeing, x-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, fishing in 5 ponds. Park Office: (203) 938-2285. Charge: none.

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.

Keeler Tavern Museum and Garden

132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

(203) 438-5485. Ridgefield's Keeler Tavern's circa 1910 walled garden designed by Cass Gilbert is included in the Garden Conservancy's Open House Directory as an outstanding example of design and horticulture. From the Garden House visitors look out at a sunken garden with brick walls, arches, a reflecting pool and award winning flowerbeds composed of more than 100 varieties of annuals and perennials.

Keeler Tavern Museum

132 Main St., Ridgefield, CT 06877.

(203) 438-5485. Docents lead visitors through this 1713 landmark as they experience life across three centuries, from dodging a visible 1777 British cannonball, to enjoying the brick-walled garden and pavilion created by renowned 20th century architect-owner Cass Gilbert. Collections include artwork, costumes, documents and furnishings. Tours: Feb.-Dec., Sat., Sun., & Wed. 1-4. Last tours begins at 3:30. Adm.