100 Essex Rd.
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Phone: (860) 395-1414
Fax: (860) 388-9578
McCulloch Farm in Old Lyme has been breeding Morgan Horses since the 1940s. Morgan horses are available for sale with prices ranging from USD3500 to USD30,000. There are open house events held throughout the year, so check the website for times when the whole family can visit and enjoy the property.
Over 700 acres (283 hectares) of beachfront, marshland and wildlife preserves fill this lovely area of East Lyme along Long Island Sound. Enjoy an afternoon of hiking around and exploring the different terrains of this park. If you prefer the beach, there are lovely sandy beaches to lounge on, build a sandcastle or picnicking. From May through September, you can camp at the park or fish during the appropriate seasons.
The Fox Hopyard Golf Club is open from March through November in the lovely Connecticut River-town of East Haddam. This is a Par 71 golf course that spans roughly 7000 yards (6400 meters) and includes facilities such as a restaurant, tee shop, sports bar and banquet hall. The club also houses the on-site restaurant, On the Rocks, where delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served.
Take a 20-minute drive east to Hammonasset to enjoy year-round shoreline vistas and a boardwalk for long walks and relaxation. Offering 1000 acres of campgrounds (550 sites), parks, beaches, walking trails, bike paths and fields for kite flying, Hammonasset is the quintessential pleasure destination. Meigs Point Nature Center offers fresh and saltwater aquariums and live reptiles and amphibians to touch and enjoy. Pack your in-line skates or bike, the park is grand.
Formerly, the New London-Waterford Speed Bowl, the Waterford Speedbowl has been entertaining racing enthusiasts since 1951. Apart from usual races, it also hosts events like Wild N' Wacky Wednesday Series. For racing schedule and other details, check website.
Mitchell Park is a local gathering spot where one can see people relaxing at all times of the day. Known mostly for the splendid views of the water and the live events that are held here, it is the soul of the city. Children enjoy the carousel rides on weekends. In winters one can access the ice-skating rink which also offers skating lessons. Basically a place to enjoy some quietude, the Mitchell Park is great for fun get-togethers and family picnics.
The Shelter Island Country Club or Goat Hill welcomes one and all to enjoy a game of golf. Founded in 1901, apart from a golf course, it also features a restaurant, bar and a clubhouse. You can also hire the club house for private as well as corporate events. Check website for details.
Norwich Golf Course has a good driving range and offers a challenging play in Norwich. The 18-hole golf course has a course score of 70.0.
Shelter Island posses an old-world charm yet is very modern in its unique way. It gathers cultural nuances from New York City, the Hamptons and Long Island which are its neighbors. It is blessed with four beaches: the Crescent Beach, Wade's Beach, Shell Beach and the Menhaden Lane Beach, and all of these are ideal for water sports, fishing, swimming as well as for relaxing. The Shelter Island Country Club is frequented by many for their impressive Golf Course. And boating is also a common activity on the island. Nature enthusiasts should certainly visit the Mashomack Preserve when here. In addition, many eclectic restaurants, bars, cafes and shopping spots line this charming island.
Who says beach volleyball is restricted to just the summer months up North? The Sandbox in Mystic offers year-round outdoor sports in the comfort of an indoor facility. Athletes of all ages can stop by The Sandbox for playing on volleyball, badminton, tennis and more no matter what time of year it is. The venue is also available for private parties and social functions in New England's only indoor beach facility.
Enjoy 45-minute guided cruises around the islands from the Stony Creek Dock, just minutes from New Haven. The Sea Mist crew also offers chartered cruises for private groups and parties, offering wine and cheese or fully catered dinners. One word of warning, parking is a big problem during the warmer months and on weekends. Park where you can, relax and enjoy the sea spray on your face and photographic opportunities as you listen to the local lore about the Thimble Islands.
The Shoreline Greenway Trail is a trail for hiking and biking that passes through many towns in the New Haven area. Eventually, the trail will stretch 25 miles between Long Island Sound and Hammonasset State Park to Lighthouse Point in East Haven. The trail is a great place to get some exercise while taking in the beautiful sights of the area. There are no motorized vehicles allowed on the trail.