Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum

Photo credit: Suzanne Chan, Allergies TravelingMom

With the possibility of a relocation to the West Coast, I’m really taking the time to savor all that the East Coast has to offer. Just a short trip outside of the city yields nature’s bounty in beautiful Connecticut. It’s amazing how much the scenery changes in such a short distance.  I’m actually sad that I didn’t take more time to explore this serene place when I had the chance growing up. Summers spent in Connecticut at my cousin’s house didn’t have me venturing much farther than Danbury and some of their sea towns. But now that I have, I’m amazed at all Connecticut has to offer. My family and I couldn’t stop remarking about the beautiful colors and scenery on our drive up.

TMOM disclosure graphicMy family and I were super excited to check out The Adventure Park at The Discovery Museum, an amazing aerial forest park. It was unlike any park we’d ever seen. Boasting climbing, ziplining and over 11 treetop trails, it was a wonder to behold. At first glance it can be a little intimidating, but once you do a quick, but thorough, safety lesson with their staff, you know you’ll be just fine.  My daughter, the resident ziplining pro, had no problem tackling the purple (beginners) trail and quickly went onto the yellow trails. I was so proud of my son who, just a few weeks shy of his fifth birthday, braved the purple trails, never voicing the terror visible on his face. Ten minutes into his first trail, you could see his bravery increase and his confidence build each time he touched down on the next platform. By the time he was ready to start his second trail, he was telling everyone to hurry up. Dare I say I think my husband was the most nervous. Of course, he says it was for the children. We left The Adventure Park feeling

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Photo credit: Suzanne Chan, Allergies TravelingMomenergized and everyone wanting to come back again real soon. Next time this mom will be joining in the fun!

A road trip, even if a mini one, needs a stop at Cracker Barrel for lunch. This family friendly, non-fast food option is one of Marcus’ “safe-allergy” restaurants. He happily munched on chicken fingers and fries while this mom, cardiac problem ignored, noshed on chicken fried steak with a double side of dumplings. I even tried fried okra which if you’ve never tried, is a must!
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Photo credit: Suzanne Chan, Allergies TravelingMom

Once we were nourished, we were off to our next stop, Jones Family Farms on the Connecticut Wine Trail. I was super excited to discover a new pumpkin patch, having been disappointed with our choices the last few years. Jones Family Farms did not disappoint. The farm’s natural beauty was the star of this visit. As a working farm, it was filled with fall and farm appropriate decorations and activities that were fun for the entire family.  It wasn’t over the top and carnival-like like many other pumpkin patches have become. I loved that you could actually choose between selecting pumpkins on their great lawn or out in their natural fields filled with beautiful, almost perfectly shaped pumpkins. I got some amazing shots of my family walking through the fields, which you know is the goal of all my family outings. My family was impressed with the huge selection of pumpkins and gourds. Who knew there were so many! My husband had a particular fondness for bumpy “ugly duckling” gourds while my daughter loved all the ones that looked like flowers. Marcus had fun among all the mini pumpkins, finding one for him and his baby brother. It was a beautiful way to end our day in Connecticut. We’ll definitely be coming up next year to pick our fall treasures again as well as to check out their Christmas Tree selections and Winery. I hear their Strawberry Serenade, a sparkling wine made from strawberries picked from their own farm, is simply divine!

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Photo credit: Suzanne Chan, Allergies TravelingMom

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All of this beauty, just an hour outside of New York City makes coming back not just doable, but a must!