The 8 Best Nature Centers In Connecticut That Make The Perfect Day Trip Destination
Finding a family outing that keeps the whole clan entertained can be a challenge. Connecticut’s nature centers are bustling with activities and the perfect spot for a day trip. Combine outdoor exploration with indoor exhibits and you’ve got a surefire winner no matter what time of year. Take a look at some of the best nature centers to visit here in the Nutmeg State.
1. Stamford Museum and Nature Center — 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford
The 118-acre Stamford Museum and Nature Center is an ideal spot to bring the whole family. All ages will love visiting the working farm, otter pond, and universally accessible woodland trail. The natural playground is a big hit with the kids. Ongoing events and changing exhibitions keep return visits just as fun as the first.
2. Meigs Point Nature Center — 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison
Head down to the shoreline for an afternoon with marine life. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the beach, Meigs Point Nature Center will educate on marine animals, tides, and more. Afterward, stroll the sandy shores and hunt for seashells.
3. Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center — 10 Deerfield Rd., Ansonia
Hiking trails, a playground, and an interactive nature center await at this gem. The Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center offers oodles of interactive activities including their creature feature every Saturday at noon when you can meet the resident animals.
4. Audubon Sharon — 325 Cornwall Bridge Rd., Sharon
Audubon Sharon has four sanctuaries where you can explore nature until your heart's content. Walk the trails, experience a program, check out the live animal exhibits, and pay a visit to the nifty gift shop.
5. Northwest Park & Nature Center — 145 Lang Rd., Windsor
Situated on 473 acres, the Northwest Park and Nature Center is a scenic gem. Explore nature trails, an animal barn, tobacco archives and museum, braille trail, indoor exhibits, and much more. This family-friendly destination will keep the kids occupied for hours.
6. Roaring Brook Nature Center — 70 Gracey Rd., Canton
Grab a trail map and take a self-guided tour along five miles of woodland trails. Inside the Roaring Brook Nature Center, you'll find plenty of informative exhibits. Stroll the outdoor gardens, visit the wildlife area, and browse the gift shop to round out your visit.
7. Woodcock Nature Center — 54 Deer Run Rd., Wilton
Explore more than three miles of trails at the 179-acre Woodcock Nature Center. Meet the resident reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey or sign up for one of the engrossing nature programs. The whole family will love an outing to this delightful nature center.
8. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center — 109 Pequotsepos Rd., Mystic
Experience nature first hand both indoors and outside at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. More than 10 miles of trails just beg to be explored while educational programs fascinate all ages. Visit the natural history museum, Coogan Farm and its animals, and the nature store.
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