Spring can be a bit of a toss up. Cool, sunny days with flowers in full bloom quickly turn in to dark dreary days with non-stop rain. So, we gathered some spring destinations to help you get started. There are places for rainy days and places for stopping to smell the roses. Whichever you choose, you’re guaranteed to have a good time, as these places are known for being well reviewed. See the spring destinations for yourself:
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Roseland Cottage
556 CT-169, Woodstock, CT 06281
This historic home is gorgeous in the spring, when it's bright exterior matches it's lush gardens. The 1846 Gothic Revival remains mostly untouched and its quiet surroundings help it keep its ancient, stuck in time feel.
2. Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105
Another fun historic home with a unique exterior, this is a great place to stop on your day trip to the Connecticut capital. Take the living tour and learn incredible facts about one of America's most beloved authors. Seeing where he once sat at his desk and wrote is beyond cool.
3. Lovers Leap State Park
178 Shortwoods Road, New Milford, CT 06776
Spring and love go hand-in-hand. This park may have haunting lore behind it, but the sites are incredible and the trails are pretty easy to navigate, so it's great for beginners. Plus there's the bridge.
Buell Road, Litchfield, CT 06759
It's hard to find a more blossoming paradise than this one. Easy walks abound at this family friendly locale with picnic benches and a small pond. How could anyone resist?
5. Lavender Pond Farm
318 Roast Meat Hill Road, Killingworth, CT 06419
Talk about being unique! More than 10,000 lavender plants are growing on this expensive farm, and the shop sells products that will make you swoon. Take a relaxing walk and say hi to the ducks.
6. Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Escape the spring showers and head inside for a great collection of art and murals at this fan favorite museum. The oldest public art museum in the country, it's known for having several substantial collections, including European Baroque.
7. Olde Mistick Village
27 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355
Part shopping center, part living history museum, this waterfront collection of shops will take you back in time. The aquarium is right next-door ann the unique, family owned restaurants make this the perfect headquarters for a day trip.
8. The Adventure Park at Storrs
2007 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06268
Happy to see the leaves returning to the trees? You can celebrate by getting up close and personal with this ropes course hidden in the woods. Explore nature like never before as you try your luck on these aerial obstacles. When it comes to spring destinations, this one is definitely the most adventurous!
9. Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT 06103
Here's another fantastic option for those rainy days. Our center is still relatively new and boasts four floors of exhibits and hands-on activities. Spark your imagination at this educational destination, perfect for kids of all ages. And don't forget to say hi to the dinosaurs!
10. The Dinosaur Place
1650 Hartford-New London Turnpike, Oakdale, CT 06370
Speaking of dinosaurs… How would you like to take a prehistoric adventure? Follow the path and experience a volcano, a dig site, animatronic predators and more. It's basically Jurassic Park without the danger. Isn't that the way Hammond always imagined it?
11. Shore Line Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven, CT 06512
This is a beautiful ride to take in the spring, as you cut through fields and past trees. The inside portion offers great exhibits and the conductors are famous for being fun loving history buffs. They might even let you ring the bell.
These spring destinations are a great way to explore, but they’re definitely just the beginning. If you’re looking for something truly unique, check out the
Waterfalls Road Trip.