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CT's Splash Pads: Where Water Meets Playground

It's not even noon yet, and the splash pad at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven is packed with screaming kids keeping cool in 90-degree heat. Splash pads, also known spray parks, are sought-out locations for families trying to beat the heat in the summertime. The watery playgrounds are typically...

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  • There Will Be Dancing: Wadsworth Hosts Free Fiestas Patrias Celebration

    There Will Be Dancing: Wadsworth Hosts Free Fiestas Patrias Celebration

    The Wadsworth Atheneum's marks Peruvian Independence Day with a Fiestas Patrias celebration Thursday, July 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Festive live music including guitarists Carlos Revolledo and Oscar Silva, traditional Peruvian dancers, complimentary Peruvian snacks, and a cash bar, will available...

  • Lyman's Sunflower Maze Opens With Buddy The Dinosaur

    Lyman's Sunflower Maze Opens With Buddy The Dinosaur

    Lyman Orchards' quintessential summer — its popular sunflower maze — opens Saturday, July 30. To celebrate the orchard's 275th anniversary, it is honoring the man responsible for building the Airline Railroad in the 1860s: David Lyman II. There are 350,000 red and yellow sunflowers in this year's...

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  • The Different Vibes Of Different Spots On Cape Cod

    The Different Vibes Of Different Spots On Cape Cod

    Cape Cod, Mass. — Maybe it's the 550 miles of unspoiled coastline, or the art galleries, museums and summer theater. Perhaps it's the picture-perfect lighthouses or the hundreds of restaurants serving fresh seafood and homemade ice cream. Or it could be, as Patti Page sang back in 1957, the sand...

  • Wydah Pirate Museum Opens On Cape Cod

    Wydah Pirate Museum Opens On Cape Cod

    West Yarmouth, Mass. — Barry Clifford stood behind a desk amid a few freshwater fish tanks. In each was an orange-colored mass, which drew the curious stares of small children and some adults. In front of him was another one of these masses. To his right was an X-ray screen, and to his left were...

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  • Ice Cream Social At Mark Twain House

    Ice Cream Social At Mark Twain House

    The Mark Twain House and Museum, 351 Farmington Ave., in Hartford dishes out creamy treats and toppings at 5 p.m. today on the museum's Nook Farm Nook patio. The UConn ice cream, with your favorite toppings, is provided by Bear's BBQ Smokehouse, music by Horizon Blue, the Whale from 102.9 will...

    • Free Outdoor Summer Movies Back On For Some Hartford Parks

      Free Outdoor Summer Movies Back On For Some Hartford Parks

      Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the name of Riverside Park, to add film titles and new movie date for "The Martian.'' Hartford's Friday-night outdoor movies in the parks summer series, which was eliminated from the city budget this year due to fiscal shortfalls, is being revived...

      • A Day Of Sand Sculpting On Walnut Beach

        A Day Of Sand Sculpting On Walnut Beach

        Dig out those pails and shovels, pack a picnic and head to Walnut Beach in Milford for the 39th Annual Sand Sculpture Competition Saturday, July 30. Sculpt anything from huge lobsters to mermaids, or just go to watch the sandy fun in the sun. All skill levels and ages welcome. Registration from...

        • Shoreline Hosts Midsummer Fest, Arts & Crafts Fair

          Shoreline Hosts Midsummer Fest, Arts & Crafts Fair

          The shoreline lures visitors with artsy events this weekend. Old Lyme hosts its annual Midsummer Festival, which kicks off Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. with a concert by Braiden Sunshine and his band Silver Hammer at the Florence Griswold Museum. On Saturday, July 30, the festival fans out across...

          • Eight Of Connecticut's Challenging Hikes

            Eight Of Connecticut's Challenging Hikes

            Hiking in Connecticut can fall anywhere from a leisurely stroll across a bridge over a babbling brook through a field of wildflowers at a nature preserve to scrambling up the side of a trap rock ridge with bloody knuckles mere inches from a precipitous drop and certain death while vultures circle...

            • Summer's Outdoor Concerts: When, Where, Who

              Summer's Outdoor Concerts: When, Where, Who

              Blankets, chairs, picnics, the beverage of your choice, all mixed with free music under (hopefully) blue skies. All concerts free unless otherwise noted. Farmington Bank Community Concert Series: performances by Simply Swing, 10-piece swing orchestra based in Connecticut on various dates and locations....

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