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HARTFORD, CT, March 31, 2004 - With school break lurking around the corner, Connecticut - only a short drive away - offers great packages available for travelers seeking a quick and easy getaway during the week-long break. From family packages, to kid-friendly events, to a quiet, restful spring weekend -- Connecticut offers it all to spring breakers both young and young at heart.

Maritime Aquarium April Vacation Adventure - Norwalk, CT
Children can spend all or part of school vacation at the exciting Maritime Aquarium learning about sea creatures and their mysterious watery world. With five different activity-oriented classes, children can choose the class in which they are most interested in participating. Classes range from studying whales, turtles, sharks, coastal critters and microbes. You can sign up for a week's worth of classes or select just one. Each class is designed with crafts, experiments and animal adventures. The Aquarium, which is also home to Connecticut's only IMAX Theatre, features more than 1,000 animals indigenous to Long Island Sound, and includes a hands-on touch tank with sting rays - without stingers - and the "Jellyfish Encounter" tank.
Package runs April 19-23 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. each day. Pre-care is available from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Cost is $230 for the entire week or $52 per day, and pre-care costs $58 per week or $13 per day. For more information or to register for the program, please call (203) 852-0700 ext. 2206 between 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stamford Marriott Pedal to the Metal Weekend Getaway - Stamford, CT
If exploring the wonders of nature is high on the family list this year, the Stamford Marriott Inn has a getaway package that includes admission to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. The Museum and Nature center currently features a new interactive exhibit "Pedal to the Metal," 118 acres of walking trails, a planetarium and observatory. The package includes

  • One-night's accommodation in a deluxe room
  • Free parking
  • Admission to Stamford Museum and Nature Center - up to four tickets per room

The package costs $129 per night, does not include tax and gratuity, and is available Thursday through Sunday until April 25. The package price is good for two adults and two children. For more information or to make reservations, please call (203) 357-9555.

Weekend Getaway - Stonington, CT
With an older teenager or college age children packing their bags for spring break, Mom and Dad should not be left home alone. As recent trends show, American's in their 40s and 50s are embarking on a new trend of spring break for adults. A weekend away from it all may be just what is needed, and Another Second Penny Bed & Breakfast in Stonington has a package offering just that. Built in 1710, Another Second Penny provides visitors with a cozy New England experience with a fabulous Weekend Package. This all-inclusive package includes:

Rate is $549, does not include tax, and is valid throughout 2004. For more information, contact (860) 535-1710 or visit www.secondpenny.com.

Travelers searching for additional specials during the school break can call 1-800-CTBOUND (1-800-282-6863), or check out the Specials section of the Connecticut Tourism Division's website at www.ctbound.org. With one simple click, a list appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the Constitution State. All essential information - including a description of the package, dates of availability and contact information - is clearly outlined, plus some direct links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned in the package.

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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8075
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us



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