Connecticut has plenty of outdoor opportunities both on its coastline as well as its countryside. If you’re looking for a little outdoor adventure during your visit, you’re in the right place. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Whether you’re new to the sport or you’re a pro, whether you love fishing on a river, pond, or ocean, Connecticut has a little bit of everything for you. Get started here.
If you’re a beginner, start on either the Wadsworth Falls Trail in Wadsworth Falls State Park, Coastal Reserve Trail in Bluff Point State Park, or the Sleeping Giant Trail in Sleeping Giant State Park.
For more moderate level trails, there’s Chauncey Peak Trail and Bear Mountain Trail. Chauncey Peak Trail is a dog-friendly 2-mile trail in Giuffrida Park that takes you alongside a river and plenty of great views. Bear Mountain Trail in Mount Riga State Park is a top-ranked hiking destination known for beautiful wildflowers along the path.
Looking for exercise with a twist? How about getting your sweat on while enjoying a bit of culture at the same time? Add one (or all) of these art walks to your to-do list: New London Mural Walk, Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Art Trail, Art Collective Stamford, Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds.
Stop and smell the roses during a walk through a botanical garden. Speaking of roses, inside Elizabeth Park, you will find the oldest rose garden which was created in 1904.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens features several mini gardens and boardwalks. Dennis Farm Preserve is a nature conservancy-protected forest. Yale Marsh Botanical Garden is said to have some of the most beautiful flowers and butterflies during the Springtime.
If you love all things related to the sea, plan a visit to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut. There you will find plenty of nautical themed murals, history exhibits, yacht models, and even a Revolutionary War submarine. Once you’re done you get out on the water and go sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more, all right next to the museum.