The best outdoor ice skating rinks in Connecticut are opening, so don't let winter weather keep you stuck inside! Experience an old-fashioned winter tradition when you lace up your skates and jump on the ice. We may complain when the thermometer drops, but that is also the perfect time to get onto a frozen pond or find an outdoor ice rink and glide away on the ice (if you can stay upright that is). We've rounded up our favorite spots for kids and families to enjoy the best outdoor ice skating rinks in Connecticut.
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An autumn tradition, corn mazes in Connecticut are great fun for New England families. No matter what part of the state you live in, you are likely to have the opportunity for a corn maze adventure near you. And making your way through the corn maze lets you work together as a family. These farms feature not just mazes too, but extra activities like hayrides, animal petting areas, games and food. So, put your sneakers and thinking caps on, and get out to a Connecticut corn maze this fall!
For more fall events and seasonal family activities, see our Fall Bucket List for Kids, find the best spots for apple picking, or learn about all the fall festivals and fairs you can add to your calendar.
Don't put away those beach towels because there are still plenty of things to do in Connecticut before school starts. Soon enough those long summer nights will be replaced with weeknight curfews, but for now, there's still plenty of time to embrace late-summer things to do with kids. So read on for our end of summer bucket list and start checking things off your own!
Families can close out the summer vacation season before school starts with these must-do activities. For even more ideas on making the most of what's left of summer, see our 50 Free Things to Do in Connecticut This Summer with Kids, best August activities, and daily events calendar.
Strawberry picking is one of summer's great joys, but the Connecticut strawberry season is short, usually lasting only from early or mid-June to early July, so don’t miss out! Visit one of these awesome Connecticut strawberry picking farms, and watch the excitement on kids' faces as they hunt for the biggest, reddest berries on the farm. Just be sure to call ahead to make sure fields are open and full of berries. Read on for our guide to the best farms and orchards for strawberry picking with kids.
Be sure to also visit our Connecticut Farms and Berry Picking Guide, where you can find all of the state's best spots for pick-your-own produce, farm-fresh ice cream, and more.
Connecticut is home to great water parks and gorgeous beaches, but some families are partial to the many ponds, lakes, and freshwater areas—some 3,000 across the state—where kids can swim in calm waters. Here are our recommendations for swimming lakes and ponds in Connecticut where families can cool off and enjoy beautiful vistas.
For more aquatic adventures, be sure to check out our Beaches and Water Fun Guide which has lists of the Best Beaches for Connecticut Families and also our Favorite Fishing Holes in Connecticut. We've also got you covered with the Top 15 Swimming Pools for Families in Connecticut.
Travel season is picking up and families are on the hunt for kid-friendly escapes where parents can also relax and unwind. Moms and dads in the Nutmeg State needn't look too far...there are plenty of great hotels and spa resorts in Connecticut with family-friendly amenities. These places tick all the right boxes, including pools, entertainment, and nearby attractions. Adults can enjoy massages, hot tubs, and maybe most importantly, babysitting where available!
Planning a vacation can be stressful, but we've got lots of resources to help make the process feel easier. Find more family travel inspiration in our Connecticut Day Trips Guide, our New England Family Travel Guide, and our Guide to Family-Friendly Resorts & Hotels.
Families need not flee to northern New England for snowy escapes. There are great family ski resorts in Connecticut or close by in Massachusetts and New York that offer plenty of thrills for easier-to-manage day trips. Below is an overview of some of the area's best kid-friendly ski resorts, whether you love zooming down the slopes on skis or from the comfort of a snow tube.
Let's face it: the coldest season is much more fun if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors. Our Mommy Poppins Connecticut Winter Fun Guide highlights plenty more ways to help you do just that! For even more winter sports in Connecticut, browse our Ski and Snow Sports Guide. And if you're looking for a family ski vacation well beyond the Nutmeg State, don't miss The Best Ski Resorts in the US.
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.