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Outdoor Adventure in Connecticut

Discover the Beauty of New England

Connecticut is filled with opportunities to get out and explore the great outdoors. No matter what time of year you visit, the state offers recreation for all four seasons. With a spectacular coastline and a series of beautiful parks across the state, this historic destination has some of the best hiking and boating in New England. Stroll along scenic trails with the New England foliage at its peak or spend the day on the beach relaxing with your family. Whether you want to pack up a picnic or launch your boat out onto the water, the system of state parks has something for everyone.

Fall is one of the most popular times to visit Connecticut. With a breathtaking array of colors, the foliage is a must-see for any visitor to New England. Take a scenic drive through the People’s State Forest west of Hartford or get out on the rugged trails of Sleeping Giant State Park where you can hike or mountain bike. Explore the banks and historic towns of the Connecticut River where the foliage sticks around into November. You’ll be dazzled by the incredible hues of yellow, red, and orange that makes New England foliage so special.

Summer in Connecticut is for hitting the beach or heading out onto the water for picture-perfect sunsets. Break out your fishing gear or hop into a kayak or canoe to explore the waterways of Connecticut at Quinebaug Lake State Park or Quinnipiac River State Park. Nestled right along the spectacular Long Island Sound, Connecticut is a beach lover’s paradise when the weather heats up. Hammonasset Beach State Park and Ocean Beach in New London are favorites for swimming and long walks along the sand. Afterward, you can taste the fresh seafood that New England is famous for in charming villages along the coast.

When the snow starts to fall in winter, you can strap on your skis to hit the slopes at Mount Southington Ski Area and Woodbury Ski Area. Take the family on a winter adventure to see snow-covered landscapes and picturesque parks before coming back to your cozy hotel in Connecticut. Come to Connecticut during spring for world-class bird-watching along Long Island sound or bring your mountain bike to get off-the-beaten-path. Explore more than 800 acres at Bluff Point State that features stunning ocean views and a golf course. Park with Connecticut State Parks offer everything from horseback riding to fun nature centers where you and your family can learn about the local wildlife.

Fishing is a popular activity in Connecticut throughout the year. Fishing charters are available for group excursions on the Atlantic from quintessential New England towns like Mystic, Niantic, and Old Saybrook. Take an unforgettable bike ride along the Farmington Canal State Park Trail near New Haven. This family-friendly trail makes a fun afternoon outing.

History and art lovers will be impressed by the Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, CT. Visitors can stroll the lovely grounds and explore the gardens, then enjoy exhibits created by a rotating cast of visiting artists. This 150-acre oasis is open year-round to the public. Don’t miss this special treasure that you can only find in Connecticut.