Connecticut January 25, 2018
10 Inexpensive Road Trip Destinations In Connecticut That Won’t Break The Bank
We’d all love to have several hundred dollars to spend on entertainment every weekend, but sometimes the purse strings get tightened and we have to find things to do that won’t break the bank. Luckily, in Connecticut, there are some amazing places to visit that don’t cost a dime. Take a look at these ten inexpensive attractions that are the perfect destination for a road trip.
1. Northwest Park, Windsor
Northwest Park in Windsor is located on 473 acres maintained by the town. This stunning park offers 12 miles of hiking trails, a nature center, and an animal barn. In addition, there is plenty of open space and often nature programs.
2. Steep Rock Preserve, Washington
On this 974-acre preserve, there is plenty to do. Take a walk down by the winding river or cross it on a jaw-dropping suspension footbridge for a different perspective. Hike up to the scenic overlook for majestic views. You can also explore an abandoned train tunnel that cuts through the side of a ridge. Lots of photo opportunities await at this epic preserve in Washington Depot.
3. Tapping Reeve House & Law School, Litchfield
Take a walk in the shoes of law students from the early 19th century. Exhibits, hands-on areas, and role-playing immerse visitors into another time. You can even try on period clothing that these students would have worn back in the day.
4. Mohegan Park, Norwich
Explore this hidden oasis for a relaxing afternoon. Swim or fish in Spaulding Pond at Mohegan Park or enjoy the many trails. The main attraction during the summer is the exquisite rose garden here that just blooms with color and fragrance.
5. P.T. Barnum Museum, Bridgeport
This museum is a true gem chronicling P.T. Barnum's like as an entrepreneur and entertainer. It is filled with one-of-a-kind items like a centaur skeleton and 4,000-year-old mummy. This quirky place in Bridgeport can keep you amused for hours.
Cost: Admission is FREE, pay to park on street or in the parking garage.
6. Silver Sands State Park, Milford
Silver Sands State Park is beautiful any time of the year. Enjoy the beach or take a stroll down the boardwalk. At low tide, you can hike out to Charles Island and start searching for the treasure that is rumored to be buried there.
7. Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
The Yale University Art Gallery spans one and a half city blocks. In its 3 buildings, rooftop terrace, and sculpture garden more than 4,000 pieces are on display. With works from many different cultures and time periods, this gallery has something that will delight any visitor.
Cost: Admission is FREE, pay to park on street or in a parking garage.
8. Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens, Stamford
9. Book Barn, Niantic
With four locations in the tiny village of Niantic, if you love books, this is the destination for you. Browse more than 500,000 titles, spend some time with the lovable cats that live in the barns, or picnic in the cheerful gardens. This inexpensive destination is a book lover's dream.
Cost: FREE, unless you buy some books.
10. New Canaan Nature Center, New Canaan
For an adventure, both indoors and outdoors, New Canaan Nature Center is the total package. Visit the amazing birds of prey exhibit, take a walk around the stunning property and even visit the chickens and goats. Inside you can meet snakes, lizards, and other reptiles and view the works of local artists. There is even a whimsical playground for the kids.
Do you have any more inexpensive attractions in Connecticut that you love to visit? Share them below in the comments section for everyone to see!
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