Nature August 10, 2016
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone In Connecticut Who Loves The Outdoors
The great outdoors in Connecticut is definitely a sight to see. From scenic overlooks to rich green valleys and everything in between, you definitely don’t want to waste your summer sitting inside! So here are some of the greatest things you can do outdoors. Check them out!
Please note, The Dinosaur Place is temporarily closed.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Talcott Mountain State Park (Simsbury)
This small town is host to a jaw dropping trail and picnic pavilion. Walk the distance to the top and check out the 165-foot-tall Heublein Tower.
2. GoApe Treetop Adventure (New Britain)
Please note, GoApe Treetop Adventure is no longer in business.
This is a real high flying adventure! A zipline and obstacle rope course has been installed in the trees at A.W. Stanley Park and it's pretty incredible.
3. Mystic Seaport (Mystic)
Explore this seaport for a look at maritime history and a visit to the aquarium. You will love strolling through this charming town as you take in the sea views.
4. Connecticut Wine Trail
With 24 vineyards located all across the state, there's no shortage of vineyards to explore! Sample the wine and taste the cheeses as you follow the blue trail signs from one gorgeous vineyard to another!
5. Lighthouse Point Park (New Haven)
Home to the Five Mile Point Lighthouse, this park also includes a historic carousel built in 1916. Whether you're coming to explore the lighthouse's granite steps or the carousels hand crafted horses, you will love it here!
6. Concerts In The Garden (Chester)
Sit back, relax, and enjoy the live music! At Leif Nilsson Spring Street Studio and Gallery you can enjoy their monthly music series outside in the garden.
7. Cedar Hill Cemetery (Hartford)
If you're a history buff then you'll love this quiet, self guided tour! The resting place of famous folks like J. P. Morgan and Katharine Hepburn, the historic graves and intricately sculpted memorials make for an interesting outing.
8. The Dinosaur Place (Oakdale)
Explore the prehistoric era like never before as you walk the trail and discover life sized dinosaurs. There's also a volcano, maze, playground and more!
9. Stonington Borough (Stonington)
Here's another seafaring town that simply can not be missed! Visit during the summer weekends for concerts on the green, or just pass through for a look at the most enchanting sunsets in the state.
10. Harkness Memorial State Park (Waterford)
Pay a visit to this luxurious Renaissance mansion for a trip back in time. Explore the classic New England garden on a leisurely stroll and walk barefoot along the Long Island surf.
11. Putnam River Trail (Putnam)
Voted Best River Walk by Yankee Magazine, take this path for water views that avoid the crowded beaches. You'll be strolling along the Quinebaug River as you tread over bridges and read historic plaques.
12. Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park (Portland)
There are inflatable slides and obstacles floating on the water, but that's just the beginning! There is also rock climbing, kayaking and more! If you're looking for a wet and wild adventure then this is definitely the place to be!
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