Connecticut January 14, 2020
12 Unforgettable Connecticut Day Trips, One For Each Month Of The Year
Resolve to have more fun this year! Connecticut is full of fantastic places, and there’s always something new to discover. Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, these spots will definitely deliver the fun. Check out these 12 unforgettable Connecticut day trips, one for each month of the year.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
January -- Powder Ridge Park, Middlefield
Rush down a smooth, white snow hill at Powder Ridge Park. You'll feel your adrenaline soar as you experience this classic wintertime activity. Learn more by reading our feature article
February -- Brooksvale Park, Hamden
Brooksvale Park is a gorgeous place to visit any time of year, but winter offers some exceptional activities. In addition to tranquil hiking trails and friendly barnyard animals, Brooskvale Park is home to a splendid sugar shack. Visit in late February to learn more about how they make their magnificent maple syrup.
March -- Avery's Soda, New Britain
Established in 1904, Avery's Soda is a Connecticut staple. They've been crafting delicious sodas from real cane sugar for over 100 years, and you can really taste the difference. Experience the magic on one of their factory tours. Learn more by reading our feature article
April -- Lover's Leap State Park, New Milford
When the warmer weather creeps in, explore Lover's Leap State Park's 127 acres of exquisite beauty. Bring your camera and capture the sights along the Housatonic Gorge. Everyone should visit this heavenly place at least once a year.
May -- Lavender Pond Farm, Killingworth
When Lavender Pond Farm opens every May, people rush in to experience it. As the largest lavender farm in New England, this spectacular destination is full of fragrance. They have more than 10,000 lavender plants! After exploring the grounds, be sure to visit the gift shop and check out their beautiful products.
June -- Steep Rock Preserve, Washington Depot
This 998-acre nature preserve is full of scenic hiking trails. Walk along riverbanks and stare at the picturesque hillsides around you. If the temperatures start to rise, explore the Tunnel Road Trail. This easy trail has a 100-yard tunnel of trees that will shade you from the sweltering sun. Learn more about it by reading our feature article
July -- Buttonwood Farm, Griswold
This family-owned farm has been delighting visitors since 1975, and summer is the best time to experience it. In July, you can embark on a scenic 20-minute hay ride through stunning fields of sunflowers. After your scenic journey, head over to their ice cream parlor and try one of their 50 delectable flavors. They make their waffle cones fresh every day, so each bite is absolute perfection.
August -- Farmington River Tubing, New Hartford
When the sun beats its relentless rays, it's time to float the river. Farmington River Tubing offers exciting 3-mile adventures along gorgeous waters. Three sets of rapids will spike your adrenaline and keep you coming back for more.
September -- Lyman Orchards, Middlefield
September is apple season, and there's no better place to pick some juicy and delicious fruit than Lyman Orchards. Bring your friends and family and wander through the gorgeous grounds. After you've gathered all the tasty treats you can carry, visit the Apple Barrel store and take home a scrumptious homemade pie.
October -- Burlington
Fall is the perfect time to visit Bunnell's Falls. When nature turns the trees into a swirl of reds, oranges, and yellows, the views are absolutely spectacular. Burlington is also home to a slew of paranormal activity. If you want to get into the spooky spirit, explore Tory Prison and search for the ghosts of British soldiers. People have reported hearing ominous moans coming from this eerie place. Learn more about Burlington's creepy past in our feature article
November -- Collinsville
This unique Connecticut village is packed with things to do. Visit Lasalle Market for a tasty breakfast and spend an afternoon browsing the lovely shops. You'll find all kinds of Amish-made treasures at America The Beautiful Country Store. If you love shopping for vintage goods, you'll definitely want to visit Antiques On The Farmington. This gorgeous place sits inside an old 1800s grist mill!
December -- Milford
When the holiday spirit sets in, Milford really sparkles. You could spend hours strolling down the picturesque main street and shopping for treasures.
What day trips are you excited to take this year? Tell us all about your plans in the comments below.
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