Things to do on a trip to Connecticut

Traveling to Connecticut this year?
Things to do on a trip to Connecticut

Here it's some ideas on things visitors do for fun on vacation in Connecticut:

Visit a farm

One of the joys of visiting Connecticut is being able to visit one of the state’s working farms for a fun day out with the kids. There are many farms you can visit though not all farms welcome visitors. Some of the farms that do welcome people are Silo-Hunt Hill Farm (New Milford), Evergreen Berry Farm (Watertown), Loon Meadow Farm (Norfolk), Wood Acres Farm (Terryville) and White Flower Farm (Litchfield), all of which are located under an hour’s drive from Hartford.

Saying this, both Loon Meadow and Wood Acres farms are the best ones to visit because they offer old-fashioned sleigh tours and horse-drawn hayrides.

The Ambler Farm in Wilton (near Bridgeport) is also worth passing by if you want to see sheep-shearing and learn traditional skills such as knitting, pottery and boot making.

Spend a day at an amusement park

One of the best things to do on a trip to Connecticut during the summer months is visiting an amusement park. Lake Compounce (Southington) is the nearest amusement park to Hartford being located 20 minutes drive. However, Quassy Amusement Park (Middlebury) and Ocean Beach Park (New London) are definitely the best amusement parks in the state, particularly Ocean Beach Park which overlooks the beautiful sound.

Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam isn’t an amusement park per se, but if you’re looking for free places to go with the family Gillette Castle is one of the most beautiful places in Connecticut to go for a nice day out. You’ll be able to take pleasant walks with the kids along the Connecticut River, enjoy a picnic and tour the castle (for a small fee).

See a baseball game

Baseball is hugely popular in New England and the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) in Connecticut is one of the most popular baseball leagues on the east coast. The league season runs for 8 weeks during the summer months (June-July) and it's an electrifying times to watch a ball game.

Besides the New England League, you can also catch regular minor league games at one of Connecticut’s ballparks such as the Ballpark at Harbor Yard (Bridgeport), New Britain Stadium, Rogers Park (Danbury), and Dodd Stadium (Norwich).

Explore the Long Island Sound

Booking a sightseeing cruise or a fishing excursion is without a doubt, one of the most popular things to do on a trip to Connecticut. Fishing trips (cost around $60pp) and sightseeing cruises (around $12pp) are relatively inexpensive and they offer a fantastic opportunity to bond with family and friends while having a good time fishing bass and watching the seals (if you're traveling between January and March).

You can do public sails or book private charters with companies such as Argia Cruises (Mystic), Black Hawk Party Boat (Niantic), and Joy Ride Charters (Westbrook).

Attend a festival

A trip to Connecticut wouldn’t quite complete if you didn’t attend one of Connecticut’s annual festivals and fairs. The state of Connecticut hosts some of the coolest events on the east coast and none is more awesome than the Connecticut Renaissance Faire in Hebron (May 12-June 3).

If you’re in the process of planning a visit to Connecticut this year, be sure not to miss the Renaissance Faire because it’s truly one of the coolest festivals in the state! Young and old will absolutely have a blast at the Renaissance Faire seeing live medieval knights combats, fire eaters, live music and comedy shows.

The month of March is also a fantastic time to be in Connecticut for the St Patrick’s Day parades in New Haven (March 11) and Hartford (March 10). March is also a good time to sample and learn about Connecticut’s famous sugary maple syrup by attending either the Maple Sugar Festival at the Stamford Museum (March 3-4), or the Hebron Maple festival (March 10-11) in the town of Hebron.

Take a scenic drive along the coastline

Hitting the road is definitely one of the best ways to explore Connecticut and what better routes to go for a scenic drive in Connecticut than along Route US 1?

One of the highlights of driving along this coastline route is being able to stop along the way to get nice views of the Long Island Sound. For best views, be sure to stop in Southport Beach (Fairfield), Seaside Park (Bridgeport), St Marys by the Sea (Black Rock), Beach Street (West Haven), Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison), and Fort Saybrook Monument Park (Old Saybrook).

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