Spring Bucket List: The Best Things To Do in Connecticut with Kids this Spring
Even before the first flowers start poking through, families in the Nutmeg State are ready to get out and enjoy all of the amazing spring activities in Connecticut for kids. There's tons of fun in late March, April, May, and early June—from playgrounds to hikes to ice cream—that await us when the snow melts and the jackets move to the back of the closet.
Read on the awesome events in Connecticut this spring for kids and families. For more ideas to make the most of the season, check out our Spring Fun Guide. For the best of spring in CT delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletters.
Bird watching at the Indian Rock Nature Preserve, photo courtesy of Environmental Learning Centers of Connecticut
Spring Activities in Connecticut for Kids
Grab some binoculars and tune little ears into some birdsong—it's birdwatching season!
2. Take a Spring Hike
3. Weekend Getaway
Get the kids out of the house and take a short trip to somewhere fun in New England.
4. Go fishing!
Connecticut has lots to offer the budding angler, so go catch your dinner in a nearby lake, pond, or reservoir—we know the best spots to fish with kids!
Climb and explore at Bushnell Park Playground, photo courtesy of designllc.com
5. Hit the Playground
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We all scream for ice cream. Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins
6. Eat Ice Cream
A sure sign of spring—baby chicks! Photo courtesy of Flamig Farm
7. Visit a farm
8. Beardsley Zoo
Connecticut's only zoo has rare Amur leopards and other exotic animals.
9. Lake Compounce
Starting on or around Memorial Day weekend, head to the oldest continuously-operating amusement park.
10. Simsbury Duck Race
Enjoy community connection at the Simsbury Duck Race event located at the Flower Bridge.
Even seals like lounging in the spring weather. Photo courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium
Have you ever seen a seal up close? Go for a ride on the water with Mystic Aquarium and see seals and coastal birds of all types, through early April.
13. Canoeing and Kayaking
Paddle down a river or across a lake in a canoe or kayak.
There are several skateboarding parks in the Fairfield area for families to enjoy this old-school past-time.
Stop and smell the roses. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Park, Facebook
15. Elizabeth Park
Some 800 varieties of roses begin blooming here in early June, stop by to take in their beauty and aroma.
Have a treetop adventure. Photo courtesy of Empower Leadership and Sports Adventure Center
16. Ropes Course
Stretch your muscles and zip-line through one of the many outdoor ropes courses.
17. Institute for American Indian Studies
This amazing cultural institution is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
18. Boat Tour
We live among some of the most amazing waterways in the country, and there are boat tours aplenty for the whole family across the state.
Head to the ballpark. Take your kids to a game played by one of Connecticut's three minor league baseball teams.
20. Full Moon Hike
Get out under moon-lit skies and enjoy a full-moon hike at Northwest Park and Nature Center.
21. Maple Sugaring
Have a sweet tooth? Visit one of the many maple syrup farms here in Connecticut and bring some of nature's sugar home.
22. Hit the beach (with a jacket)
These Connecticut beaches have playgrounds that are well suited to springtime visits.
23. Essex Steam Train
Spend a day with Thomas the Train and hang with the whole Sodor gang. But get your tickets early, because they sell out fast!
Meet a penguin at the Mystic Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Visit Connecticut
Stop by for an animal-themed story-time or check out their Winged Wonders event on the first Sunday of each month.
25. Soarin' Indoors
Check out this family-friendly, indoor rope-climbing course.
26. Berry Picking
Sure it's early season, but why not get a jump on the pick-your-own action now? There are few simple pleasures in life like a berry freshly picked.
27. Spring Day Trip
After the long months of winter, spring is the time to break free from cabin fever and get out and about with a spring-themed day trip.
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Go back in time at Dinosaur Place. Photo courtesy of Natures Art Village
28. Dinosaur Place
This 60-acre outdoor adventure park and nature trails filled with life-sized dinosaurs is a great springtime destination.
29. Action Wildlife Foundation
Ready to see some unusual animals in a bucolic New England setting? Head to Action Wildlife Foundation in Goshen, home to some 250 animals, including the famous "zonkey."
30. Harriet Beecher Stowe and Florence Griswold Homes
An earlier version of this article was first published in 2018.