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About Me & My Family

We are a family of 5. We love to travel and to see new things. We look for a educational experience in everything we do and my we do a lot. Our kids are so used to being on the go that they have tremendous stamina. We try to plan 2 large trips every year and supplement them with weekend get-aways, staycations and a day jaunt now and again. Our kids are always wondering what the next spot will be.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic
We Just Got Back From
USVI ST. John
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Rhode Island beaches
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Africa
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching the kids lug their car seats through the airport on their first plane ride.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Two of my kids got lost at a campground in Yellowstone. My 9 year old son took his 6 year old sister on a walk to the restroom 4 sites down and couldn't find their way back. We ended up reporting them missing at the camp check in and then the search began. I was afraid of them being abducted, but also of the Grizzlies which were out in full force that summer due to the late melt. It was the worst 45 minutes of our lives. A fellow camper overheard my husband relay the story to the camp personnel and she recognized them as she returned to her site 7 loops away from ours. The ranger was called and returned them safely to us. The employees were great and it was a happy ending to a potential disaster.
Websites I Like:
hotwire, tripadvisor, Trekaroo

Family Friendly U-Pick Fruit farms in Connecticut

Grab the kids and some buckets and head out to one of these spots to get your fill of fresh fruit. Don't forget to share!!! Your neighbors might like some too. Plus you will never eat all that you pick.

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32 Reeds Gap Road
Middlefield, Connecticut

Comment:
At Lyman you can pick all types of fruit including strawberries and apples. The crazy spring is allowing for a predicted strawberry ready time of June 1st. peaches and apples will likely be 2 weeks early. Check the farm site for more info.At Lyman you can spend the day as there is always something going on.

reviewed on: September 15 2013

"Fabulous Fall day"
Lyman Orchards is a Central Connecticut Hot Spot for fall family fun. In operation by the Lyman family since 1741, Lyman Orchards has had the opportunity to create a business with something for everyone. We recently visited on a beautiful fall afternoon. Outside the sun was high, the grass was green and the apples were bright red and ready for picking. We were drawn indoors by the aroma of fresh apple cider donuts and hot coffee. We spent a few hours here drinking in the sites, aromas and activities of a fall day at Lyman Orchards.

Activities:
Of course Lyman has pick your own apples. Call the hotline at 860-349-6015 to determine what is ripe and current prices. You might also consider picking other seasonal fruit including peaches, nectarines, berries or pumpkins.
To round out your apple picking fun you might enjoy another activity at the orchard. While we were visiting children could take part in pony rides, families climbed aboard a horse drawn wagon for a hayride or sat on the expansive lawn to watch the ducks on the pond and enjoy a picnic snack.
During the fall season the folks at Lyman Orchards create a splendid corn maze to challenge your inner farmer! Our family had a terrific time navigating the tall stalks and even decided to take part in a friendly family challenge to see if our family or our cousin’s family could make it out first to have the first handful of tasty Kettle corn as our reward! It started out tame enough, but as soon as my husband and I entered with our older 2 children, they raced out in front of us leaving us in a lurch and fending for ourselves. Needless to say, they of course beat us by a landslide!
Once you purchase tickets for the maze you are provided a map of the maze as well as trivia questions that will help you navigate along the way. There are different types of questions, from sport, to entertainment trivia, kid friendly to farmer intensive! We chose entertainment and took a second choice for backup. We had heard stories of people becoming lost in mazes and wanted to be sure we would not become a statistic! No worries though there are plenty of other trekkers and guides along the way here to create a true family friendly environment.
This year’s maze is fashioned after the statue of liberty and $1 from every admission ($10/adult, $5 ages 4-12, under 3 FREE) is donated to the American Cancer Society.  
Upon completing the maze consisting of 2 and ½ miles of trails on over 4 acres we were ready for a snack. Lyman Orchards was ready for us as well!

Food:
There is something for everyone in terms of food at the orchards. Fresh fruits and vegetables are available in the Apple Barrel country store. Here you will also find gourmet items, pies, cakes, donuts and more. Of course on a beautiful day like ours even though you might have to wait in line for a while with many other leaf peepers, the reward of a sugar covered apple cider donut eaten on the deck outside overlooking the orchards and pond is well worth the wait.
Lyman Orchards offers family fun for any season. They have been entertaining families for generations and really have this down to a science. From car parking attendants, to line cues and friendly attendants; this will be a great family friendly day.

Disclosure: My family was provided complementary corn maze tickets in order to complete this review. I was not required to submit a particular review and all opinions are my own.

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215 Barber Hill Rd
South Windsor, Connecticut

Comment:
Dzen devotes 25 acres to strawberries and 20 to blueberries. They expect strawberries the last week of May and blueberries the first week of July.


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120 Beardsley Road
Shelton, Connecticut

Comment:
Farmer Jones is expecting strawberries in the next few weeks. Call the Farmer Jones hotline for exact dates. 203.929.8425


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108 Crystal Pond Road
Eastford, Connecticut

Comment:
They expect strawberries in early June and blueberries and peaches in mid-July.


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218 Calvin French Road
Sterling, Connecticut

Comment:
A true berry farm with gooseberries, currents, strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries with an expected starting time of June.


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483 Matson Hill Road
Glastonbury, Connecticut

Comment:
Pick blueberries and cherries starting early July. Top it off with a hot dog or popcorn from the Harvester Concerssion Stand