Averill Farm Cider Mill
This postcard-pretty homestead (and former dairy) has been growing crops since 1746. Depending on the season you can pick your own apples, flowers, vegetables, berries and even Christmas trees. At the onsite Cidery, baskets of Averill-grown apples are pressed into hard cider for the grownups (and normal hot and cold cider for the little ones, too). Though the pressing room is staff only, kids can feast on apple donuts, wood-fired pizza fresh from the visiting foodtruck, or chomp into the delicious pommes they just picked from the orchard. Washington, CT is a doable daytrip, but the nearby Institute for American Indian Studies (38 Curtis Rd, Washington, CT) will make you want to spend the weekend. The institute has an immersive children’s discovery room, nature trail and a replica Algonkian Village, complete with wigwams and a farm growing corn, beans and squash—a traditional crop known as The Three Sisters because the plants support one another as they grow. 250 Calhoun St, Washington, CT (860-868-2777, averillfarm.com).