Top 10 Outdoor Activities in Connecticut

For all of my local CT followers, I wanted to dedicate a blog post on fun activities you can do in Connecticut, especially now that the weather is nice!  As I’m sure many other people can relate, I go into full blown hibernation mode over the winter and as soon as it gets warm out I can’t wait to go outside and play.

I have rounded up some of my favorite activities, as well as some I have yet to do but are on my list, for outdoor activities right here in CT.

1 – Visit a Vineyard!

Drinking wine is an outdoor activity, right?  These are my favorite local wineries with outdoor seating:

Brignole, Granby *My personal favorite*

Paradise Hills, Wallingford

Jonathan Edwards, North Stonington

Chamard, Clinton

Lost Acres, North Granby

Arrigoni, Portland

Gouveia, Wallingford

2 – Yard Goats Game

If you haven’t been to the Dunkin` Donuts stadium that was newly built last year, you must go.  It was rated one of the top ten minor league stadiums in the whole country!  I personally go for the beer, food and social aspect – and since you can get tickets for around $15, I don’t feel guilty about rarely paying attention to the actual game.

Another perk is you can get tickets right before entering the stadium, so you don’t have to plan ahead.

Click here for this seasons schedule!

3 – Visit a Brewery (out door drinking is starting to become a theme here)

While a lot of breweries in CT are indoors, below I’ve listed a few breweries that offer outdoor seating as well:

Stony Creek

Colt Tap Room 

Beer’d Brewing Co.

The Beer Garden

4 – Hiking

Hiking with my husband and dog is one of my favorite activities (second to out door drinking).  Here are my favorite local hiking spots, and a few I haven’t been to but heard are amazing!

Talcott Mountain, Bloomfield/Simsbury

Metacomet Trail, Granby

Appalachian Trail River Walk, South Kent 

Bear Mountain, Salisbury

Hanging Hills, Meriden

Sleeping Giant, New Haven

5 – Driving Range/ Golfing

Even if you’re not a golfer but your S.O. is, you can use their clubs and hit up the driving range just for fun.

6 – Visit Mystic

There is so much to do in Mystic, you can go to the Mystic aquarium and then head over to Old Mystick Village or to downtown Mystic to walk around and then grab lunch or dinner.  There are some amazing seafood restaurants (Go Fish is one of my favorites), and cute little shops too!

7 – Foxwoods Pool Party

Every Sunday Foxwoods puts on a pool party called “liquid Sundays”.  It is $20 to get in, unless you want to ball out and get a day bed or cabana which go for $500-$1,000.

8 – Outdoor Exercise

There are two yoga/barre studios that I know of that offer a free outdoor class during the summer months:

Live Right Wellness; this is one of my favorite workout spots and at the beginning of every month they do a free class across the street from their studio right outside Heirloom Market.  They just ask you to bring a canned good donation for the food bank.

West Hartford Yoga (WHY); they offer free classes in the park!

9 – Free Outdoor Concerts

There are a ton of free outdoor concerts across the state, here are some of the best ones:

Music on The River – East Haddam

Monday Night Jazz – Bushnell Park, Hartford

Alive @ 5 – Stamford

Elizabeth Park Summer Concerts, West Hartford

Glastonbury Riverfront Music Series, Glastonbury

Sunday Concerts on the Green, New Haven

10 – Floating Down the Farmington River (for free!)

I saved the best (and my absolute favorite) for last!!!!!

Before I tell you how I do it for free, if you want don’t want to worry about buying your own tubes or driving separate cars, Farmington River Tubing is located in New Hartford and is a place you can go and pay $20 to float down the river.  Let’s be honest though, paying is no fun when you can do it for free AND bring a spare float to put all your beer in (which FRT does not allow).

Here’s how to do it for free: you’ll want to find two launch locations, one where you will leave from and one where you will get off at.  You’ll want to make sure these locations are not too far from one another, reason being if the river isn’t flowing fast, it will take you hours to go a short distance (trust me …..I’ve been there).  You can buy floats at Ocean State Job Lot (they’re around $20 for really good quality tubes, which is the price of ONE ride if you do it with FTR).  You’ll want to drop one car off at your final destination (put towels in that car!), and then park another car where you’re launching from.  You can get an air pump to make it easier to blow up your floats, and that way you’ll be able to bring them in the car deflated and then blow them up right before you launch. Bring a spare float or an actual cooler float (which Ocean State sells as well) for all your beverages and a ziplock bag to put your car key in.  If you live near Windsor CT, you can launch from River Street and then end at Rivers Bend Apartments or Bart’s (I usually do Rivers Bend because it’s usually a 2 hour ride vs. Bart’s that is around 4 hours). The best part about floating is you’re totally disconnected from everyone besides who you’re floating with (since you’ll preferable want to leave your phone behind to avoid water damage).

That’s a wrap!  If you’re a local follower I hope you partake in one of these activities this season or leave a comment for me below and tell me your favorite outdoor activity!

xoxo Lulu

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