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Fun Things for Kids to Do in Connecticut

Girl looking at Beluga Whale at aquarium.

Connecticut is a state packed with fascinating places for kids to visit, whether it's museums, beaches, or any of the 139 state parks. Here is a sampling of family fun you can experience in the Constitution State.

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  • Cove Island Park (Stamford) — enjoy breathtaking views and walking paths that follow the shoreline. The kids can bring their bikes, rollerblades, and skateboards. Plus, you can fire up one of the BBQ pits for lunch or dinner. Cove Island Park | Parks and Recreation Sites | Stamford, CT (stamfordct.gov)

  • Dinosaur State Park (Rocky Hill) — features two miles of kid–friendly nature trails, some designed to take strollers. An added plus is a "geodome," built at the spot where 500 dinosaur tracks were discovered. Dinosaur State Park home page

  • Silver Sands State Park (Milford) — located in Long Island Sound with plenty of beaches, great walking paths, and a boardwalk. Bring a shovel; Captain Kidd reportedly buried treasure here. Silver Sands State Park (ct.gov)

  • Wickham Park (Manchester) — this beautiful park will help you connect with nature. Features numerous specifically designed gardens — including English, Lotus, and Japanese — to wander through, plus a playground. Home — Wickham Park


(Parking/beach fees may apply.)

  • Compo Beach (Westport) — offers a sweeping view of Long Island Sound, a boardwalk, pavilion, and a playground for the kids. Compo Beach | Westport, CT (westportct.gov)

  • Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison) — one of three state beaches, it offers an expansive 2–mile beach, boardwalk, camping facilities, and a nearby nature center. Hammonasset Beach State Park (ct.gov)

  • Ocean Beach Park (New London) — if the beach isn't enough, there is an adjacent splash park, arcade, and Olympic–sized pool. Connecticut's Best Public Beach — Visit New London

  • Rocky Neck State Park (East Lyme) — another state beach with soft sand that is a great spot to hike, bike, or camp. It also has a boardwalk and picnic area overlooking the beach. Rocky Neck State Park (ct.gov)

  • Sherwood Island State Park (Westport) — Connecticut's first state park has gorgeous beaches for strolling, a nature exhibit, walking trails, a picnic grove outside, and an inside pavilion. Sherwood Island State Park (ct.gov)