Hot or cold, wet or dry, nature is a wonderful way to spend quality time together. Enjoy the great outdoors with these free ideas.

Have Fun With Nature

On a trail or in your own backyard, it's easy to have fun with nature. Turn an excursion into a scavenger hunt and search for specific plants, animals, and more. Pick a color and see how many things in nature you can find in that color. Or gather up colorful leaves, acorns, pinecones, feathers, stones, and other natural trinkets to make a collage or craft project.

Walking, Hiking and Biking Trails

Public Beaches
(be advised that some locations may charge for parking between Memorial Day and Labor Day)

More Fun Outdoors Ideas

When the weather warms up, check out these ideas!

Play Areas with Splash Pads
(be advised that some locations may charge for parking)

Animal Farms and Petting Zoos

Click Here for a List of All Connecticut State Parks
With the Passport to the Parks program, all Connecticut-registered vehicles now get free parking at state parks!