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
Please be advised: Connecticut State Parks often charge for parking. Many public libraries, however, offer museums passes to give you free admission and parking.