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Spring CT Bucket List: Family-friendly things to check out around the state

From tulips to rainforests to underwater adventures – FOX61's Keith McGilvery and Rachel Piscitelli check out family-friendly spring activities across Connecticut!

CONNECTICUT, USA — It's May, spring is in full swing, and so are the fun things to do around the state. Connecticut has a lot to offer in terms of indoor and outdoor activities! 

FOX61's Keith McGilvery and Rachel Piscitelli are venturing to five locations in Connecticut to feature springtime activities that the whole family can enjoy as part of their spring bucket list!

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First up is the Connecticut Science Center! More specifically, their rainforest exhibit. 

The Connecticut Science Center is an educational center with engaging science for all ages. The rainforest exhibit, Under the Canopy, is an interactive exhibition about the plants and ecology of rainforests! Animals you might see include sloths, boa constrictors, red-footed tortoises, and more. Under the Canopy is included with general admission.  

Learn more about the event here.

On Tuesday, Keith and Rachel headed to Mystic Aquarium! It's an aquarium with many different exhibits, from touch tanks to sea lion performances to a marsh trek and more! Some animals you may see include eels, pufferfish, sharks, rays, and all kinds of jellyfish. Admission prices are also lower when purchased in advance. 

Learn more about Mystic Aquarium here

For Wednesday, Keith and Rachel head to Wicked Tulips, located in Preston. 

It's a family-owned tulip farm that opens to visitors every spring. The farm plants 1.5 million tulips across three locations and hosts the largest you-pick tulip events in New England! Tickets are available for adults and children with adult tickets including 10 flowers.

Learn more about Wicked Tulips here

On Thursday, Keith and Rachel visited Windfield Morgan Farm, located in Litchfield! This is a horse farm with various activities, including horseback riding on trails and pony rides in indoor and outdoor rings. Lessons and training for horses are also available. Riding helps are required, but the stable provides them! 

Learn more about Windfield Morgan Farm here!

And finally, for Friday, Keith and Rachel head to Hartford Athletic! The group is Connecticut's professional soccer team that's competing in the United Soccer League Championship. Founded by the Hartford Sports Group in 2019, Hartford Athletic strives to provide a professional soccer experience and build a community. Season and single-game tickets are available in advance for the Trinity Health Stadium. 

Learn more about Hartford Athletic here!



Of course, there are also plenty of places to check out across the state and fun activities to participate in. Head to CT Visit for even more ideas!

Keith McGilvery is an anchor and reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at kmcgilvery@fox61.com. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rachel Piscitelli is a meteorologist for FOX61 News. She can be reached at rpiscitelli@fox61.com. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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