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Cove Island Park image
Stamford, CT
(range: 2 miles)
The park has it all, including recreation facilities such as a one-mile walk/run trail, a playground, a rollerblade/cycling path, an expansive lawn area, BBQ grills, two softball fields, a tennis court, a basketball court, a picnic shelter, and two sandy beaches. The Cove Island Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of only 27 recognized important bird areas in the state by the National Audubon Society. The park is known to contain a wide diversity of wildlife, including over 50 species of butterfly and 309 species of birds. (This excerpt taken from the Cove Island Park website)
We have 75 live exhibits featuring more than 2,700 marine animals of 300 species. Your Long Island Sound journey begins along a freshwater river and the shallow waters of the salt marsh, then moves into deeper and deeper habitats out to the open ocean. (This excerpt taken from the The Maritime Aquarium website)
The 18-hole golf course at Oak Hills Park in Norwalk, Connecticut features 6,407 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The assorted layout offers a blend of naturally designed holes and presents a variety of challenging shots for golfers of all skill levels. (This excerpt taken from the Oak Hills Park Golf Course website)
The Sheffield Island Lighthouse and the Light Keeper’s Cottage provide a unique historical and educational venue which strives to increase awareness, appreciation and consideration for our environment and how the preservation of historic buildings and nature contribute to our quality of life. (This excerpt taken from the Sheffield Island Lighthouse website)
CCP is located in an historic landmark 19th century stone carriage house in the Mathews Park cultural complex in Norwalk. The space is an architectural gem that has been transformed into an important and dynamic printmaking facility and gallery space. It is fully equipped to accommodate all printmaking techniques: intaglio, lithography, monotype, silkscreen, woodblock printing, papermaking, book arts and digital processes. The Grace Ross Shanley Gallery is host to many world-class historic, contemporary and thematic exhibitions of original prints including alternating biennial international exhibitions – Miniprint and Footprint – that attract submissions from artists in more than 90 countries. (This excerpt taken from the Center for Contemporary Printmaking website)
In its 20 years of serving this region, our award-winning museum has reached nearly 7 million people. With the help of members, educators and community partners, we provide exceptional, playful learning opportunities for children that foster an understanding and appreciation of the world. (This excerpt taken from the Stepping Stones Museum for Children website)
Calf Pasture Beach image
Norwalk, CT
(range: 3 miles)
Baseball/softball, volleyball, skate park, playground, refreshing splash pad, sun and sand sports, the sailing school, bocce, basketball, and 3/4 of a mile of scenic coastline with tremendous views.  (This excerpt taken from the Calf Pasture Beach website)
Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum is regarded as one of the earliest and most significant Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. Built by renowned financier and railroad tycoon LeGrand Lockwood from 1864-1868, the Mansion, with its unparalleled architecture and interiors, illustrates magnificently the beauty and splendor of the Victorian Era. (This excerpt taken from the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum website)
Grounded in the belief that art is vital to the spirit, creativity and wholeness of human beings, the mission of Silvermine Arts Center is to cultivate and encourage growth through the arts; to promote and showcase artists; and to provide arts education opportunities for the greater community. Silvermine provides an environment and atmosphere in which art and artists can develop and flourish. Students, visitors, faculty and artist members can work on projects, share ideas, explore new areas and grow in their understanding and immersion in the arts. (This excerpt taken from the Silvermine Guild Arts Center website)
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. The Museum is a vital cultural and educational resource for the community, and a focal point for family activity, lifelong learning, and inspiration. We seek to inspire creativity, foster self-discovery, promote environmental stewardship, and nurture an appreciation for learning through exhibitions, education programs, and special events that enhance every visitor’s experience of our unique site. (This excerpt taken from the Stamford Museum & Nature Center website)
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