Best Nature Centers in Connecticut To Visit with Kids

Revel in nature's majesty at Webb Mountain. Photo by Ally Noel
Revel in nature's majesty at Webb Mountain. Photo by Ally Noel

In the past year, Connecticut families have been heading to the hills, trails, and streams of the Connecticut countryside more than ever to enjoy some outdoor fun on the weekends. Thankfully, we are never that far from a dedicated, family-friendly nature center in the Nutmeg State. These centers provide a wide variety of programs, scavenger hunts, camps, classes, guided hikes, and animal encounters. Nature Centers can be enjoyed year-round: Many even have indoor spaces with live animals, nature specimens, and more interactive elements for kids.

Plan a visit to one of these Connecticut nature centers for a healthy, educational, and affordable family day trip.  Then, broaden kids' horizons with an adventure to a Connecticut state park or forest to see nature at its grandest—nearby!

Robin Hood's Faire 2022
Harwinton Fairgrounds - 10:30 AM Pick
Toddler Tales at Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones - 9:30 AM
Monday Morning Hikes at Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
Ansonia Nature & Recreation Center - 9:00 AM
Spring Outdoors in the Last Green Valley
The Last Green Valley National Heritage Corridor - various times
Bicycles on Main
Downtown Old Wethersfield - various times
Neighborhood Guides
Activity Guides