Adventures come in all shapes and sizes! But most people don’t know that even small states like Connecticut are jam packed with adventurous fun and exploration. Whether you’re looking for a high flying adrenaline rush or a super scenic trail, there is plenty of exploration to be had in the Constitution State. Use this list to find the adventure that’s right for you!
1. Take a walk over one of the state's last remaining covered bridges, located in East Hampton.
You'll get spectacular scenery of the 6,000-acre Salmon River State Forest along the way. The airline trail will also allow you to walk along an old railroad line.
So don't miss your opportunity to explore this historic wooden beauty. This bridge is a real rarity!
2. Take a trip to New Haven and visit one of America's most beautiful lighthouses.
Five Mile Point Light is equipped with a spiral staircase made of granite. Plus the view from the lantern loft is incredible! Lighthouse Point Park is famous for this lighthouse, as well as its carousel.
One of the most popular places to bird watch in the state, this lighthouse is the gateway to all kinds of exotic sights!
3. Take a sunset cruise through the Thimble Islands in Stony Creek.
That's right! Connecticut has islands too! Discovered in 1614, legend has it these were used as a hideout for the famous Captain Kidd.
Once called The Hundred Islands, the islands have a long history of use from farming to quarrying. So prepare for a stunning tour of history!
4. Visit the prehistoric era at the Dinosaur Place in Nature's Art Village.
Located in Oakdale. this one-of-a-kind park lets you walk among life-size dinosaurs. Some even have animatronic features! The sprawling land and hidden beasts will keep you entertained for hours.
Both young and old will love this jurassic adventure. It's simply out of this world!
5. Have a devilishly good time at Satan's Kingdom in New Hartford.
Ae you ready to take a trip down the Farmington River? All you need is a tube, available for rent, and maybe some sunscreen.
When you reach the rushing points, the speed of your travels really picks up! It's basically a nature made water coaster.
6. A trip to the seaport in Mystic is a trip to the largest maritime museum in the world!
If you love the ocean and the creatures that live within it, then there's no better adventure than this! Historical buildings, whaling ships, and an award winning aquarium are all here.
From the views to the attractions, you could easily make a weekend or more out of this seaside town!
7. Take an unforgettable train riding adventure through the picturesque Essex.
The only steam train and riverboat connection in the United States, this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. You'll be able to see the Connecticut River Valley through a whole new lens.
You'll pass historic sites, ending at the 1892 Essex station. Too cool!
8. Explore the castle of the actor who created the Sherlock Holmes persona we know and love.
Located in East Haddam, this castle has stunning views of the Connecticut River. With more than 300,000 visitors a year, you need to see for yourself what brings visitors rushing in.
At 102 years old, you will officially be visiting something from more than a century ago.
9. The Action Wildlife Foundation in Goshen is an animal adventure that surpasses any zoo.
Home to over 350 exotic animals, this foundation is more like a sanctuary. Tucked into the hills, this place offers a petting zoo and museum, too!
This could be your only chance to see some of these animals. Plus you can take a hay ride in the fall season.
10. Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park in is a waterfront adventure the whole family will love.
From rock climbing to zip lining and inflatables on the lake, this park is perfect for all ages and a super unique experience. Standard amusement parks are a thing of the past!
A visit to this thrilling park could be the start of your best summer yet!
Looking for more adventures you can take in Connecticut? Why not try one of these activities to
bring out the explorer in you!