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by Chris Chagaris June 19, 2014

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Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in in the summer in Fairfield County, CT, from Greenwich to Westport, to Norwalk, and even Bridgeport, including where to pick strawberries, free outdoor Shakespeare, local Connecticut beaches, and the Westport Fine Arts Festival.
1. Go Berry Picking
 Pick your own berries at Jones Family Farms in Shelton, or head to another nearby berry farm—find the full list online
merry go round 2. Ride the Merry-Go-Round
Go for a spin on the Beardsley Zoo Carousel in Bridgeport, which features colorful versions of the live animals you can visit in the zoo, or find another merry-go-round near you. 
3. Celebrate the Georgetown Day Festival
Visit Georgetown, which borders Redding, Weston, Wilton, and Ridgefield, for its annual Georgetown Day Festival in early June. The day includes music, food, and lots of children’s activities. Plus, visit more annual fests in the area.
celebrate georgetown

4. Touch a Truck

 The Junior League of Greenwich presents a Touch a Truck fundraising event in early June each year at Greenwich Town Hall, where kids can jump into all sorts of things with wheels, from monster trucks to fire trucks. There’s also music, food, and more family activities throughout the day.

connecticut beaches 5. Have a Beach Day
Enjoy the sun and sand at Jennings Beach in Fairfield, which also has a playground and a picnic area with public grills. Search for more beaches in Connecticut.
6. Free Admission on Connecticut Open House Day
Get free admission to dozens of museums and cultural centers, including the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, during Connecticut Open House Day in early to mid-June. Find a full list of kid-friendly museums in the area.
maritime aquarium
mini golf  7. Play Mini Golf
 Play 18 holes at Norwalk Cove Marina Mini Golf, a waterfront course with views of Calf Pasture Beach and the Long Island Sound. Find more local mini golf courses to play at.

8. Go Horseback Riding

Take a horseback riding lesson or trail ride at Blue Spruce Farm in Monroe, or look for another horse farm in the Fairfield area.

9. Endure an Adventure Course
Tackle 5 acres of aerial trails at The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, where kids as young as 5 can strap on a harness and maneuver among elevated bridges, ropes, and ziplines.

ropes course
canine carnival 10. Bring Your Dog to the Canine Carnival
 Canine friends accompanied by their owners are welcome at BooZoo’s Canine Carnival at the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, typically held in early June.
11. Attend a Festival
 At the Soupstock music and arts festival in Veterans’ Memorial Park in Shelton, held in mid- to late June, soup is the star but the entertainment is no afterthought. Attendees can taste and judge a variety of soups entered in the cook-off, listen to live music, get their faces painted, and view art created by local students and craftsmen.

food festival
independenceday 12. Celebrate July 4th in Historical Style
Head to nearby Mystic Seaport around July 4 for an Independence Day celebration that includes an 1876-style ceremony, a picnic on the village green, live music, and a children’s parade.

13. Ride a Bike Around Town

Nothing says summer like the Pequot Library’s annual (rain or shine!) Fourth of July Bike Parade. It starts in Five Corners, Southport Village and ends at the Great Lawn of the library. Refreshments and games are available for all, so bring those bikes, wagons, or scooters (decorations are encouraged!) and celebrate in style.

14. Have Fun at a Fine Arts Festival
Head to the annual Westport Fine Arts Festival at Parker Harding Plaza and Gorham Island in mid-July to view beautiful artwork and enjoy live music, special performances, and children’s activities.

15. Take a Nature Hike
 Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford offers many trails for nature hikes. Put on those walking shoes and take in the beauty of nature! There are plenty more nature trails in the Fairfield County area, too.

16. Watch Shakespeare Outdoors
CT Free Shakespeare presents outdoor performances of some of The Bard’s best work each summer (usually late July or early August) at the American Shakespeare Festival Theater Grounds in Stratford and more recently at Downtown Bridgeport’s McLevy Green. Learn more online.

17. Outdoor Kids Concert Series
Catch an outdoor concert or other kid-friendly performance at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport, which hosts shows on weeknights throughout the summer. Check our calendar for details on upcoming events.

18. Take an Educational Cruise
 Join the crew of the Maritime Aquarium’s research vessel “Oceanic” for a Marine Life Study Cruise on the Long Island Sound. Aquarium educators put participants to work in collecting and examining animals from all levels of the water column, from plankton to lobsters. The cruises are offered daily in July and August. Find out more about the Aquarium here.

cruise the sound

19. Get Dramatic at the Summer Theatre Festival

The Summer Theatre Festival at Waveny Park in New Canaan is presented in a state-of-the-art open-air tent theater. Reserve your seat under the tent or choose field seating and bring a picnic. The festival presents high-quality musical theater, including children’s shows and special events, throughout the summer.

20. Catch a Movie...on the Beach
Trade the air-conditioned theater for some fresh night air when Shady Beach in Norwalk presents its Outdoor Movies series in July and August. Screenings are typically on Saturday nights. Check out theaters in the area that offer sensory-friendly movie screenings for those with autism or other sensory issues.

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