There’s so much to see and do in Connecticut during the summer – from adventurous ziplining to refreshing water fun, fantastic summer theater and more. There’s no better time to take some time off and book a summer getaway, especially because many Connecticut destinations have exciting new offerings. See below for last-minute ideas to make the most of the rest of your summer.
#1: Get inspired by CTvisit.com’s summer getaway itineraries
Visit www.ctvisit.com/getaways where you’ll find 52 summer getaway itineraries that we’ve put together just for you. We have everything from a Connecticut safari (perfect for families!), to a golfing excursion, to a guide to some of the most beautiful CT lighthouses and much more, including trips around active adventures, arts and culture, family fun, history and rest and relaxation.
#2: Enjoy refreshing water fun on new Connecticut water rides
The waterpark at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury has just doubled in size and has a new name to match—“Splash Away Bay.” Don’t miss out on the BulletBOWL water raft ride, FreeFall extreme body slides, a 2,000-square-foot Vortex Splashpad and for those of you who would rather stay dry, dare your family and friends to get through their new Laser Maze Challenge. Lake Compounce in Bristol is also adding a splash to the summer season with a brand new wave pool – giving you one more reason to check out this great New England family theme park.
#3: Challenge yourself to an incredible outdoor adventure
If you’re into the great outdoors, the new Adventure Park at Storrs is something you must put on your list! The aerial forest park offers 11 different courses where you can challenge your friends to one exhilarating race. Live closer to Fairfield County? Visit the Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, which is the first of its kind in Connecticut!
#4: Stay cool and take advantage of the great indoors
Connecticut has an endless amount of fun indoor activities. If you’re an airplane aficionado, you’ll love the New England Air Museum, which is offering a ton of new activities this season – our favorite being their Engineering Design activities, which include flight science demos, flight simulator opportunities and more. Or chill out and fire up your brain at MathAlive! at the Connecticut Science Center, which reveals the math behind the things we love, such as video games, sports and design, through a mix of hands-on activities, challenges and games. Another fun stop is the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – this summer they’re featuring a brand new exhibit containing more than 50 colorful free-flying Lorikeets.
#5: Stop by the new Connecticut Welcome Center for more travel advice
Lastly, if you’re looking for more trip planning ideas, stop by the new I-95 northbound Connecticut Welcome Center in Darien, where you can learn more about the hidden gems and inspirational places all across the state.