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The winters in Connecticut are long, but more often than not, spring makes it all worthwhile. It won't be long now until a number of places in the state see spring fully sprung in all its glory – indeed, there are special havens where specific flowers and flowering plants dominate the landscape. If you love life and color, here are some spots to take it all in.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bigelow Hollow State Park | Denison Homestead Museum - Pequotsepos Manor (1717) | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Fairfield | Wooster Square
Summer in Connecticut erupts with color, from carefully tended gardens to wild grown fields and forest trails. In June, the roses make their entrance. In July, the rhododendrons and lavender take center stage. And in August the sunflowers provide the grand finale. Here are a few of the biggest and best viewing opportunities, as well as some suggestions for other places in Connecticut also beginning to bloom. Remember, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens Day is June 23, so be sure to check for locations celebrating throughout the state.
Featuring: Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of New London | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Florence Griswold Museum | Lavender Pond Farm | Lyman Orchards | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Pachaug State Forest | Town of Bethlehem | Town of North Branford | Town of Old Lyme | Town of Stonington | Town of Thomaston | Town of Thompson | Wickham Park
Actually, it’s hard NOT to find a good foliage view in Connecticut when autumn rolls around. But there are some standouts that you might want to seek out.
Featuring: Gillette Castle State Park | Hammonasset Beach State Park | Mattabesett Blue Trail | Mount Tom State Park | Pachaug State Forest
With its many abrupt elevation changes, well organized forest lands and long history with two-wheelers (the pedal-assisted bicycle was invented in New Haven), Connecticut turns out to be a great place for mountain biking. There are dozens upon dozens of terrific trails in the state, many of them within state parks or forests. So get out your bike and helmet and begin your travels.
Featuring: Collis P. Huntington State Park | Millers Pond State Park | Mohawk State Forest | Nepaug State Forest | Pachaug State Forest | Rockland Preserve | Sunny Valley Preserve | Town of Greenwich | Town of Manchester | Westwoods Trails
Overview: From rose gardens to lavender farms to sunflower fields, here are a few places in Connecticut where you can see summer at its most colorful.
Featuring: Action Wildlife Foundation | Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens | Bruce Museum | City of Hartford | City of New London | City of Norwalk | Connecticut College Arboretum | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Cricket Hill Garden | Dinosaur State Park | EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center | Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Florence Griswold Museum | Fort Hill Farms | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Jones Family Farms | Lady Katharine Cruises - Haddam | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lavender Pond Farm | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Lyme Art Association | Mohegan Park & Memorial Rose Garden | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Museum | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | New England Carousel Museum | Ocean Beach Park | Pachaug State Forest | Palmer Arboretum | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | Southwind Farms | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Sunset Meadow Vineyards | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Barnum Museum | The Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art Village | The Glass House | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | Town of North Branford | Town of North Haven | Town of Roxbury | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Westport Historical Society | Wickham Park | William Benton Museum of Art | Yale Center for British Art | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Online article highlighting places to see the foliage in New England.
Published Date: 2018-10-05
Featuring: B.F. Clyde's Cider Mill | Connecticut Audubon Society Deer Pond Farm | Mount Tom State Park | Pachaug State Forest | Spicer Mansion | Talcott Mountain State Park | Winvian Farm
Weekly radio and online spots that highlight things to do in Connecticut.
Published Date: 2019-07-09
Featuring: Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens | Hill-Stead Museum | Lavender Pond Farm | Pachaug State Forest