Good news Connecticut, spring is here! When the temperatures soar into the 50s and 60s, it’s definitely time for a road trip! Grab your friends and family, roll down the windows, and head out to one of these spectacular places to visit in the spring. From flower fields to other warm-weather attractions, you’ll find someplace to stick on your bucket list!
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:
1. Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge, Simsbury
Each year volunteers fill the window boxes and hanging baskets at Old Drake Hill Flower Bridge with spring flowers. Take a stroll and enjoy the bright blooms and fantastic river views. Find the bridge at Old Bridge Rd., Simsbury, CT 06070.
2. Hubbard Park, Meriden
The warm weather of spring coaxes the 600,000 daffodils at Hubbard Park into bloom. Enjoy the fields of yellow and make sure to attend the Daffodil Festival during the last weekend of April to kick off the season with the family. Find the park at 999 W Main St., Meriden, CT 06451.
3. Harry's Place, Colchester
Welcome the season with your first outdoor meal after a long winter. Harry's Place is the roadside stand that will tempt you with burgers, dogs, lobster rolls, and more. The long-standing outdoor eatery is open for the 2019 season and can be found at 104 Broadway St., Colchester, CT 06415.
4. Wooster Square, New Haven
Stroll the streets of downtown New Haven and delight in the display of cherry blossoms. The Cherry Blossom festival will kick off on April 28th but you can take in the gorgeous trees from mid to late April.
5. Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, Bridgeport
Visit the new arrivals to the zoo this spring. From tigers to turtles, there are plenty of animals to see while you enjoy the much-awaited weather. Find Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo at 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06610.
6. Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Stamford
Explore 91 acres of beauty at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens. Take a wetland walk, explore the gardens, or take a woodland hike. This natural paradise is the perfect spot for a family outing and it's free! Find the gardens at 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT.
7. Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
When the temperatures soar, head to Connecticut's very first state park to soak in some sunshine. Sherwood Island State Park has a sandy shore with great views even if the water is still a little chilly for swimming. Find the 238-acre park at Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880.
8. Colorblends House & Spring Garden, Bridgeport
From April 1 - May 12th, this fabulous locale is open to the public. Thousands of tulips and daffodils explode into color on the grounds in a dreamy spring display. Explore the gardens and inside the Colonial Revival Mansion during this unique open house. Find Colorblends House and Spring Garden at 893 Clinton Ave., Bridgeport, CT 06604.
9. Farmington River Trail, Farmington to Simsbury
The lush green tree tunnels along the Farmington River Trail are a super way to enjoy spring. The 16.5-mile arc connects to the larger Farmington Canal Heritage Trail on both ends. The paved surface is perfect for biking, walking, and inline skating.
10. Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam
Feel like you're entering a real live fairy tale with a visit to Gillette Castle State Park. The stone architecture is amazing set against the backdrop of the Connecticut River. Bring a picnic and make a day of exploring the castle and outdoor hiking trails. Find the park at 67 River Rd., East Haddam, CT 06423.
11. Gouveia Vineyards, Wallingford
Need a spring break? Head to Gouveia Vineyards for a relaxing glass of wine. Perched atop a hill, you can enjoy an uninterrupted 360-degree view of surrounding farmlands, woodlands, and the vineyard itself. Find the vineyard at 1339 Whirlwind Hill Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492.
12. Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic
With 19 acres of grounds to explore, you can take in the coastal breezes while walking through history. The quaint village has endless opportunities to learn about our seafaring history and take great photos! Visit the coolest shoreline village ever at 75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355.
Where are your favorite places to visit in the spring? Share them in the comments section below! If you love chasing waterfalls during the spring thaw, check out these
brief but beautiful waterfall hikes that you can take in less than an hour.