Destinations & Day Trips

Summer Day Trip Ideas for CT Parents

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Written by Corin Fuller

Got few days off to spend with the fam? Don’t go out of state to find something fun to do. These kid-friendly day trip ideas are just what you need this summer.

When you’re planning to take a day or two off for some quality time with the family, it can be a challenge to find something to do, especially at the last minute. But there’s always something fun to do in Connecticut!

The next time you’re looking for a fun day trip activity for the kids this summer, start by asking them what they want to do. If they can’t think of anything (or just can’t agree) then you can turn to this list for some ideas on trips that will get you out of the house for a few hours or the whole day.

Whether your family likes to be adventurous, or is into educational bonding, we’ve got the perfect list of day trip ideas for you to choose from.

Water Parks, Watersports, and Outdoor Spots for Kids

Looking for a place to cool off with your younger kids? Check out these 10 awesome CT water parks for kids, which include the world’s largest interactive splash pad at The Dinosaur Place and a more leisure day at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.

Bored teens and tweens will love Lakeside Watersports in Danbury, which offers an awesome day of tubing and wake surfing on the water.

Looking for something a little more action-packed? Check out Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland, where kids and adults alike can swim, snorkel, zipline, rock climb, wake board, and more. (And check out this post for a list of other fun outdoor adventure spots.)

Awesome Playgrounds for Young Kids

Good family fun doesn’t have to include extreme sports or spending an obscene amount of money on amusement park rides. Connecticut is home to the best playgrounds for your children to spend their days running around at, including the Clinton Town Beach Playground in Clinton, Imagination Station in Ridgefield, and Kids in Motion Playground in Cheshire. Every day doesn’t have to be a beach day!

Get in Touch With Nature

Looking to get in touch with nature instead of spending time at a park, playground, or some other activity? Bring your kids to check out one of these 7 awesome kid-friendly pick-you-own berry farms, where they can eat delicious fruits while gaining a deeper understanding of how their food is grown. The list includes Lyman Orchards and Jones Family Farms, real CT favorites!

We’ve covered a ton of family-friendly outdoor activities over the years. Below are a handful of our favorites:

Indoor Fun for Hot or Rainy Days

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean that the sun is always going to shine. Here in Connecticut we can get quite a bit of rain, even during summer months. So next time the weather is unpredictable and rain clouds appear on the horizon, check out these 30 fun indoor activities for kids, or, if you really want to get the kids out of the house, bring them to one of these 15 great rainy day places for kids.

Here’s a few more fun indoor activities for you and the family:

Don’t Sleep on Connecticut

It may be small, but Connecticut is home to an endless amount of fun places for families to visit—there’s no reason that you should ever be bored!  Don’t miss out on the fun: Plan your next family day out now!

About the author

Corin Fuller

Corin is an upcoming senior at Southern Connecticut State University. Her major is Communications with a specialization in Advertising and Promotions, where she has developed a passion for copywriting. When she's not studying, she likes to binge-watch Game of Thrones and find the latest fashion trends on Pinterest.

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