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These are places to add to your Connecticut Summer Bucket List

FOX61’s Keith McGilvery and Rachel Piscitelli take a tour of some of their favorite spots in Connecticut this summer.

CONNECTICUT, USA — The Summer Bucket List is back with five new places to visit this summer in Connecticut.

After a great time on the 2023 Spring Bucket List in May, FOX61’s Keith McGilvery and Rachel Piscitelli take a tour of some of their favorite spots on their list for this summer.

From bounce parks to paintballing to a cruise around the Thimble Islands, every location is a must-visit this summer.

If you have other suggestions for our Bucket List, email newstips@fox61.com.

Beardsley Zoo - Bridgeport

The final stop on this year's list is a visit to the animals at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport!

Open seven days a week, the Beardsley Zoo has been serving Connecticut for more than 100 years. The zookeepers offer an educational and immersive animal experience enjoyable for all ages. This summer, the zoo is part of the CT Summer at the Museum program, offering free entrance to Connecticut children.

For more information, click here.

Thimble Island Cruise - Branford

The fourth stop on this year's list takes us to Thimble Island Cruise in Branford!

Relax and enjoy a 45-minute, narrated cruise around the Thimble Islands. Join Captain Mike, Justin, or Bryan along with the crew aboard the Sea Mist. 

In business for 60 years, Thimble Island Cruise has seen thousands of people flock to Branford to capture the sights and sounds on the water. 

Learn more about the cruise here

Paintball at The Ridge; Powder Ridge in Middlefield

The third stop on this year's list takes us to Paintball at the Ridge in Middlefield!

Hogan's Allery has moved their paintball fields to Powder Ridge. Hogan's Alley Paintball in Meriden is Connecticut's only recreational paintball facility featuring the largest gear selection for paintball and airsoft enthusiasts. 

Book your field trips for camps and schools, as group packages are available!

Learn more about Paintball at the Ridge here.

Housatonic River Outfitters in Sharon

The second stop on this year's list is Housatonic River Outfitters in Sharon! 

It's a fly fishing shop, outfitters, lodging, and guide service to the area. 

They've been in business for over 20 years, offering guided fishing trips from the Housatonic and Farmington rivers and other smaller tributaries and lakes. They will meet you at the shop and set you up with equipment for a day of fishing! 

Learn more about them here.

FUNBOX in Milford

The first stop on this year’s list is FUNBOX, the world's biggest bounce park located in Milford.

FUNBOX features 25,000 square feet of continuous jumping zones connected to 10 different play areas. It is designed with a kid-first, social media-second approach that is fun for everyone.

It is located at 1201 Boston Post Road in Milford.

For more information, click here.

The article will be updated daily during the week of July 17-21. Tune in for the FOX61 Morning Show on FOX61 and FOX61+ for live hits from Keith and Rachel's favorite places.

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