Aer Blarney Balloons

Location: P.O. Box 1528 Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone-203-910-4955

Daily hot air balloon flights over the Litchfield Hills and central Connecticut (weather permitting). Reservations are recommended for fall foliage and winter wonderland flights. Champagne charters are available all seasons year-round at sunrise and pre-sunset. Gift certificates, flight instruction and advertising services available

Action Wildlife Foundation, Inc.

337 Torrington Road, Goshen, CT 06756. Phone 860-482-4465

Located on 116 acres and set within the Northwest Hills of Litchfield County. Guests tour the facility by foot, or you can book a hayride tour to view over 32 species of exotic animals from around the world. Stop by the petting zoo and visit our new Museum and Exploration Center. The museum showcases taxidermy animals from throughout the world displayed in their natural settings, including two natural waterfalls! Check out our live reptile center, large iguana habitat and our hands on educational center for children. Drive or walk around our safari section. Call to book an educational tour. The farm is open from April to November and the Museum and Exploration Center is open all year round.

Bristol Historical Society

Location: 98 Summer St., Bristol, CT 06010. Phone number 860-583-6309

The former Bristol High School in the historic Federal Hill neighborhood houses exhibits as well as the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame and The Memorial Military Museum. Hours vary, call for program information or visit our website.

Lake Compounce Family Theme Park

Location: 822 Lake Avenue, Bristol, CT 06010.

(860) 583-3300. Celebrating more than 160 years of family fun, LakeCompounce is home to over 50 thrilling rides and attractions for the entire family, including Connecticut’s biggest Water Park and entertainment for all ages. Just take Exit 31 off I-84 and head North on Route 229.

Litchfield Jazz Festival & Camp 

Location: P.O. Box 69, Litchfield, CT 06759. Phone 860-361-6285

Litchfield Jazz Festival and Litchfield Jazz Camp are produced by Litchfield Performing Arts (est. 1981), a not-for-profit dedicated to changing lives through the arts. The Festival, one of the best straight-ahead jazz festivals on the map, is held the second weekend in August in Goshen each summer. Litchfield Jazz Camp, held at Kent School in Kent, CT, runs one-to-five week sessions from early July through the Festival weekend.