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17. Cabin Fever Reliever

If it rains, Connecticut has you covered with an array of indoor activities that will make your family forget the raindrops. For starters, book a room at a hotel with a pool (options abound) in or near Norwalk.

Cabin Fever Reliever
Connection Types: Family Fun
Seasons: Summer
Driving Tip: Approximately 50 miles round trip.

MARITIME AQUARIUM

The day begins at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, featuring 1,000 sea animals ranging from 9-foot sharks to clouds of jellyfish. There’s also a 6-story-high IMAX theater (Tornado Alley opens June 21), harbor seals, sea otters, meerkats for one and all, and touch pools featuring green crabs and rays. Afterwards, head next door for lunch at the Sono Brewhouse Restaurant.

SPORTS CENTER OF CONNECTICUT

Next comes a drive up to Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton, where there’s ice skating, a golf driving range, mini-golf, batting cages, Fun Bowl (bowling with laser lights and music), Lazer Tag and a video arcade – in short, just about everything a kid requires for a good time.

STEW LEONARD’S

On your way back to your home or hotel, stop at one of southwest Connecticut’s great roadside wonders, Stew Leonard’s, dubbed “the Disneyland of grocery stores” by The New York Times. Costumed characters, live entertainment, abundant food samples and a colossal selection of takeout foods are all in evidence at the Norwalk anchor store. Take food home as an excellent capper to the day.