30 Awesome Winter Activities in Connecticut for Kids
Winter in New England: It can feel cozy, yes, but also incredibly long. Here is some inspiration for winter activities in Connecticut that will get your family out and about on some fresh-air adventures—or at least make indoor time a little more interesting. Whether you want to sled, ski, hike, collect some maple syrup, or explore the great outdoors at our fantastic nature centers, there are fun (and safe) ideas for kids of all ages.
If this isn't enough to keep your troops from a winter mutiny, you can find even more ideas in our Connecticut Winter Fun Guide—from Outdoor Activities You Can Do At-Home this Winter to the Best Snow Tubing Spots for Connecticut Kids and so much more.
Be sure to check with the venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event. Some events and activities are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge.
Winter Outdoor Activities in Connecticut with Kids
2. Skiing and snowboarding
Conquer the slopes at a local ski and snowboard resort.
Look forward to a taste of fresh maple syrup later this winter. Photo by Ally Noel
3. Maple sugaring
Learn how maple syrup was discovered and see how it is made at one of CT's many sugarhouses.
4. Cross country skiing
Try out cross country skiing with the family.
5. Winter at the zoo
Bundle up and see how the animals spend their winter at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, which is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Tubing offers the thrill of skiing minus the extra cost and gear at Powder Ridge. Photo by Ally Noel
6. Snow tubing
Enjoy the thrill of snow tubing down a well-groomed trail in a soft-sided inner tube.
7. Winter hikes
Hike the trails at the Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton.
8. Winter Walks
Enjoy the crisp air and sparkling views that only a winter walk can offer.
Bundle up and board a winter cruise for some seal-spotting. Photo by Ally Noel
9. See seals
10. Visit the farm
Explore art in the great outdoors and life at the farm at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center.
11. Ice skating
Lace up your skates and check out one of these outdoor skating rinks.
12. Nature centers
There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes! So, bundle up and explore the great outdoors at one of these Nature Centers.
Spot bald eagles at the Shepaug Nature Center. Photo courtesy of Ally Noel
13. See eagles
The Shepaug eagle viewing site has been showing kids the wonders of eagles for over 30 years. Specialists with telescopes will be available to help viewers spot eagles and other birds of prey.
Winter Indoor Activities in Connecticut with Kids
14. Learn about local indigenous culture
Head to the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum and Research Center in Washington and learn about the contributions of indigenous cultures.
It's a not-so-baby beluga! Photo courtesy of mysticaquarium.org
15. Visit Mystic
Spend a day in Mystic greeting beluga whales at the Mystic Aquarium and exploring maritime history at Mystic Seaport Museum.
16. Farmers Markets
It's always a beautiful day at the Westport Winter Farmers' Market, located in the greenhouses at Gilberties’ Herb Garden.
17. RPM Raceway
Speed seekers will be able to get their adrenaline pumping at RPM Raceway in Stamford.
IT Adventure boasts the largest indoor ropes course in the world! Photo courtesy of Only in Your State
18. IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course
Check out the largest indoor ropes course in the world (yes! in the world...): IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven.
19. New England Carousel Museum
Take a look at restored carousel horses housed at The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol.
20. Sample the best hot chocolate
Grab a hot chocolate at our favorite treat places in Fairfield County.
Have a rock climbing adventure. Photo courtesy of chelseapiersct.com
21. Adventure Center
Spend some time rock climbing and jumping in the trampoline room in the Adventure Center at Chelsea Piers CT.
22. Paint pottery
Create a painted piece of pottery at home or in the studio at Hands on Pottery.
23. New England Air Museum
Snowy conditions won't prevent you from taking a family adventure at the New England Air Museum in South Windsor.
24. Maritime Aquarium
Pet jellyfish and stingrays at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.
25. Obstacle courses
Build your very own indoor obstacle course without leaving the house.
Chug over to check out these amazing trains. Photo courtesy of the Connecticut River Museum
26. See trains
27. Indoor playgrounds
When the chilly weather keeps the kids inside, check out one of these Indoor Play Spaces.
Spend the day steeped in science. Photo courtesy of the CT Science Center, Facebook
28. CT Science Center
Plan a day trip to the CT Science Center and take part in hands-on activities and experiments.
29. Make frozen bubbles
When the temp drops, it's time to try one of our favorite science experiments.
Dive in, the water's fine! Photo courtesy of Mommy Poppins
30. Go swimming
Pretend you are on a tropical vacation when you take a dip at one of these indoor swimming pools.
Originally published on December 8, 2017