Five Free (or Almost Free) Activities to Do with Kids in Connecticut

We’ve partnered with Caitlin Houston from Confessions of a Northern Belle to bring you these 5 activities that are perfect for anyone with kids in Connecticut.

In the beautiful state of Connecticut, you can find rolling green fields, bright red barns, salty shores, and plenty of free things to do with kids. With warm weather hopefully right around the corner, families will be looking for activities to do outside. Here is a list of my five favorite free (or almost free) activities to do with kids in Connecticut.

1. Visit an orchard - Growing up I always loved to go to Lyman Orchards with my family. You can park and walk around the Apple Barn for free, feed the ducks with grains bought in the store, or pack a picnic lunch to eat by the fountains. I love to visit the orchard during fruit picking season when my family can even pick our own strawberries, blueberries, and apples.

2. Go hiking - There are quite a few state parks in Connecticut that have hiking trails, old castles to explore, and picnic areas that are perfect for families to visit. If you drive a vehicle registered in the state of CT, parking (and sometimes admission) is FREE! Two of my favorite parks are Gillette Castle State Park (which has a small fee) and Sleeping Giant State Park.

Elizabeth Grant Photography

Elizabeth Grant Photography

3. Brooksvale Park in Hamden - Brooksvale Park is a hidden gem - it is a 500 acre public park owned and operated by the town of Hamden, CT. This beautiful FREE park has a barnyard (with real live farm animals), an organic vegetable herb garden, hiking trails, fields for recreational use, and a sugar shack for boiling maple syrup. There is a picnic pavilion available to rent from May through October for parties or events. There is also a summer day camp, educational programs, and fall festival.

4. Dinosaur State Park - The Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, CT is a great local place to spend the day with your family. For a small fee, you can explore a 200 million year old fossil trackway, interactive exhibits, and even make a cast of a dinosaur footprint to take home. If you are looking for free activities, you can explore the park itself. There is a butterfly garden, a 3 mile walking/hiking loop, and a section of bridges over the swamp where you can look for wildlife. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a beautiful day with your family outdoors.

Elizabeth Grant Photography

Elizabeth Grant Photography

5. The Rose Gardens at Elizabeth Park - If you’re looking for a gorgeous free park to visit with your family during the months of late June and early July, the rose arches are in full bloom and absolutely stunning. The Elizabeth Park rose garden is the third largest harden in the country and the first municipal rose harden in the United States. There are greenhouses, natural walks, perennials, and rock gardens to explore.

We want to thank Caitlin for partnering with us to bring you this list. If you’d like to read more from Confessions of a Northern Belle we recommend you visit her website and social media.

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