National Parks / Natural World in Connecticut with kids

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, The Constitution State has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in Connecticut offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

The state of Connecticut itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Flanders Nature Center

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    Woodbury

    Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust promotes the understanding and appreciation of nature, and supports the conservation, preservation and management of the natural resources. We offer a broad range ...

  • New Canaan Nature Center

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    New Canaan

    The New Canaan Nature Center is a not-for-profit environmental education center and sanctuary dedicated to helping people of all ages better understand, appreciate and care for the world of nature.

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center

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    Canton

    We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.

  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

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    Mystic

    We are a combination wildlife sanctuary, visitor attraction and educational facility. The Center features all-new exhibits highlighting the habitats and wildlife of southeastern Connecticut, as well ...

  • Brooksvale Park

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    Hamden

    The entire family can enjoy of all sorts of outdoor adventures. Playground & Swings, hiking, sledding, Softball Fields, and an animal petting zoo.

  • Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center

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    Ansonia

    An outstanding adventure playscape for younger children in Connecticut, with butterfly and hummingbird gardens, nature trails, and real life animals!

  • Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

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    Portland

    More than just a park in Portland, with activities like cliff jumping, rock climbing, zip lines, kayaking, and even diving!

  • Wolcott Park and Spray Pad

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    West Hartford

    Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features in New Hartford...and it's FREE!

  • RecPlex Park and Spray Park

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    Colchester

    Fun family park with sporting complexes, and a popular splash park! Great family fun in Colchester!

  • White Memorial Conservation Center

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    Litchfield

    A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.

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  • The Military Musuem Of Southern New England

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    Danbury

    We currently display a vivid cross section of 20th century American military history. Many of our vehicles are extremely rare, often the only example in the western hemisphere! The museum staff is ...

  • Timexpo Museum

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    Waterbury

    It's about TIME for family fun. Timexpo® The Timex Museum tells the story of Timex and its heritage dating back to the 1850's. A Time Tunnel leads to ancient mysteries. Magnificent timepieces, ...

  • Danbury Railway Museum

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    Danbury

    The Museum, located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, Connecticut, offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and ...

  • The Mattatuck Museum

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    Waterbury

    The Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center is known for engaging its community in an understanding of the past and providing vision and leadership for the future through its exhibits and collections ...

  • The Barnum Museum

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    Bridgeport

    On January 1, 1842, P.T. Barnum opened his first museum on lower Broadway in New York City. Almost 166 years later, The Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, Connecticut carries on the extraordinary legacy of ...

  • The Bruce Museum

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    Greenwich

    The Bruce Museum is an educational institution which, through its varied exhibitions and collections in the arts and sciences, provides programs for diverse audiences.

  • Bridgeport Discovery Museum and Planetarium

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    Bridgeport

    With three floors of hands-on fun with science, and daily Planetarium shows all included with admission, this family friendly discovery museum is great for those active kids who just love learning!

  • Stepping Stones Museum for Children

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    Norwalk

    Lots of hands on and fun learning for children under 10 years in this entertaining museum in Connecticut!

  • Lutz Childrens Museum

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    Manchester

    The mission of the Lutz Children's Museum shall be to provide a multi-faceted museum for children to explore culture, history, and the natural sciences through internal and external exhibits, ...

  • Connecticut River Museum

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    Essex

    Where the River comes to life. Located on the waterfront in historic Essex, the Connecticut River Museum is the perfect place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England’s ...

  • The Childrens Museum

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    West Hartford

    The Children’s Museum provides rich learning experiences in science and nature for all ages. Exploration of our multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the ...

  • Barker Character Comic and Cartoon Museum

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    Cheshire

    Cartoon fun away from the television! This fun museum has one of the largest collections of cartoon-themed artifacts and toys in the entire country - from Disney to Marvel - kids can check out all ...

  • Peabody Museum of Natural History

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    New Haven

    From Egyptian mummies to saber-toothed cats to the once mighty dinosaurs — you can find it all at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History!

  • New Britain Youth Museum

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    New Britain

    The New Britain Youth Museum, founded in 1956, encourages children and families to explore the history and cultures of Connecticut and the world. Come explore with your child!

  • New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park

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    Kensington

    A fascinating and fun family day out as you explore the world around us together, at the New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park.

  • Kidcity Childrens Museum

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    Middletown

    Imaginative play in Connecticut for kids up to 7 years with handmade, one of a kind exhibits that encourage creativity, exploration and imagination!

  • Stamford Museum and Nature Center

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    Stamford

    Seasonal fun awaits you at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, walk over 80 acres of nature trails, drop in to the Hecksher Farm and say hello the ...

  • National Helicopter Museum

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    Stratford

    The Museum contains hundreds of photographs and models tracing the history of the helicopter both in the United States and around the world. Stratford is the birthplace of the American helicopter ...

  • New Britain Museum of American Art

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    New Britain

    The collections now number approximately 5,000 works of American art: 680 oils, 1,050 drawings (including watercolors and pastels), 860 graphics, 160 sculptures, 25 photographs, and 1,460 ...

  • The Fire Museum

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    Manchester

    The Fire Museum is housed in a retired 1901 fire station with a unique atmosphere that saw the transition from hand drawn to horse drawn, then to motorized apparatus. our collection includes ...

  • Imagine Nation Museum

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    Bristol

    The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children's museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. The first area you will see when you come to the museum is the interactive exhibits that encourage ...

  • Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut

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    Niantic

    Hands-on fun in Connecticut for kids who love to learn through play, with indoor and outdoor exhibits perfect for those up to 9 years!

  • The Connecticut Trolley Museum

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    East Windsor

    The Connecticut Trolley Museum invites you to take a journey back in time and experience the transportation of yesterday.

  • New England Air Museum

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    Windsor locks

    For some Family Fun, bring your kids to the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT, a ninety minute drive from Boston and only twenty minutes from Hartford CT.

  • Connecticut Science Center

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    Hartford

    Over 165 hands-on exhibits, programs, and endless exploration for the whole family at this Connecticut Science Center in Hartford! Learning AND fun for kids!