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.

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.

Hidden Valley Nature Center

Gillotti Rd., New Fairfield, CT 06812.

(203) 312-5633. Log lined trails wind their way through the woods and wetlands and have viewing stations. The covered welcome Kiosk has an area trail map as well as graphic displays of environmental information and the history of the center. Trails open dawn to dusk. The center is open May – Oct.

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.

Military Museum of Southern New England

125 Park Ave., Danbury, CT 06810.

(203) 790-9277. Dedicated to the preservation of our nations military history. Over 10,000 artifacts covering all of the armed services of the United States. We currently display a vivid cross section of 20th century American military history. Many of our vehicles are extremely rare, often the only example in the western hemisphere! Open Tues. -Sat. 10–5; & Sun. noon- 5. Closed Non-Patriotic Holidays. Winter hours: Nov.- Mar. Fri. – Sun. only.

Musicals At Richter

100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury, CT 06813.

(203) 748-6873. Connecticut's longest running outdoor theater, since 1985, provides quality family entertainment with a series of musicals from June - August. Also offers Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshops and Fairy Tale Theater - theater for children, by children.

Sculpture Barn

3 Milltown Rd., New Fairfield, CT 06812.

Rte. 39, (203) 746-6101. Featuring sculpture, painting and works on paper by national, regional and emerging artists in the Gallery and Sculpture Field. Sculpture Barn is a self-supporting art center dedicated to fostering dialogue between artists, collectors and the public via exhibitions, classes and events. Open Wed.-Sun. noon - 6.

Squantz Pond State Park

Rte. 39, New Fairfield, CT

New Fairfield. Exit 5W or 6E off I-84 in Danbury, to Rte. 37 to New Fairfield to Rte. 39 north for 4.5 miles. Western most part of Candlewood Lake, the state's largest with 72 miles of shoreline. Boating (2 ramps), ice -skating, hiking, pond fishing (one of America's top ten bass fishing spots), beach, swimming, scuba diving, bathrooms, and picnic tables. Park Office: (203) 312-5023. Charge: Memorial Day – Labor Day 8am. – 6:30pm.