'Tis the season...for fun in the sun! When the weather warms up, it's easy to find ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you're looking to cool off in the water, enjoy the hot sun, or breathe easy among the trees, head outdoors for some free family fun!


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


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


Ways to Enjoy Nature

Step into the shade and find more ways to enjoy the great outdoors. To make it more fun for the kids, turn the 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


Animal Farms and Petting Zoos


More Fun Outdoors Ideas


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.