Seal Spotting Cruise
Where: Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
When: Every weekend through Aprilz
Dress warm and jump on a two-hour cruise into Long Island Sound where you’re very likely to observe families of seals near the Norwalk Islands. Learn all about them as aquarium educators teach us about the Sound’s marine population during the winter months. As an added bonus, cruisers can catch a glimpse of the visiting birds on the water like buffleheads, Brant geese and long-tailed ducks.
Tickets are $35 per person. Book online at maritimeaquarium.com
Where : One Line into classes, Learn Trips -Various locations
When : Feb 3, 13, 17
Fairfield County is home to 240 lakes. The CT Aquatic Resources Education (CARE) program will introduce you and your family to the sport of ice fishing! State Certified Instructors will teach you everything you need to know. Classes include an instructor lead fishing trip. All tackle and equipment is provided free of charge and family fishing courses are available.
For more information or for the class schedule please visit www.ct.gov/dep and enter CARE in the search box or call Island Fisheries at 860.424.FISH/ the CARE center at 860.663.1656.
Frostbiting: the sport of sailing in cold weather.
Dry suits recommended, this is a wonderful winter adventure for experienced sailors !
Enjoy winter sailing in the Sound from November through March.
Fayerweather Yacht Club, Bridgeport
Pequot Yacht Club, Southport
Cedar Point Yacht Club, Westport
Norwalk Yacht Club, SoNo
Stamford Yacht Club , Stamford
Indian Harbor Yacht Club, Greenwich
Riverside Yacht Club, Greenwich
Norwalk Yacht Club, Norwalk
For a comprehensive list of schools, learn to sail programs and race schedules visit www.windcheckmagazine.com
Hiking, Snowshoeing and Cross Country Skiing
For guided outdoor adventures of this type in Connecticut please email The Bredeson Outdoor Adventures Co. at [email protected] or call toll free 866.533.4361.
In addition the hilly state forests and state parks in CT offer lots of places to get out on Cross Country Skis.
Pierrepont State Park, Rt 116 in Ridgefield, The Norwalk River Valley Trail (which can be accessed on the North side of the Maritime Aquarium and also from Matthews Park and Union Park) and the Booth Memorial Park in Stratford each offer miles of winter wonderland trails.
For a full list of trails in your neighborhood please visit traillink.com.
Sweet Spot : Chocolate Making Clas
Where: Le Rouge Handmade Chocolates and Cakes by Aarti, 190 Main St., Westport
When: February 10
Chocolate Appreciation & Chocolate Making Class For Couples. What can be more fun than making unique chocolate concoctions with your loved one for Valentine's Day while sipping their signature hot chocolate. The owner, who is super sweet (no pun intended), is a skilled chocolatier and has traveled the world to learn her craft.
Book on line at lerougebyaarti.com
Where: Stamford Museum & Nature Center
When: February 25, March 3, March 10, 2024; 10am til 2pm
Head into nature and learn how to make maple syrup from the pros as Stamford Nature Center experts tap more than 200 maple trees found on the 118-acre property and turn their findings into the most delicious pancake topping around. Labeled as First County Bank Maple Sugar Fest Sundays, the Center will have lots of fun activities including tree tapping demonstrations and tastings, free popcorn and children’s games.
Tickets are $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Book at stamfordmuseum.org
We hope you enjoy these amazing activities!