Zoos in Connecticut with kids

It’s animal time in Connecticut, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Connecticut because The Constitution State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • The Maritime Aquarium

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    Norwalk

    The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations. A vibrant and entertaining learning environment, the Maritime Aquarium ...

  • Mystic Aquarium

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    Mystic

    Explore the ocean without every getting wet! Amazing encounters, from the splash of a beluga whale, to being nose to nose with a penguin - a family fun aquarium experience in Connecticut.

  • Action Wildlife Park

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    Goshen

    A leisurely walk through amazing animals from all around the world, a petting zoo, and even wagon rides, all waiting at this family friendly wildlife center in Connecticut. Lots of animal fun!

  • Connecticuts Beardsley Zoo

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    Bridgeport

    Over 300 American species with varying exhibits and educational programming for families, including unique pop up viewing areas within the Prairie Dog exhibit.

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  • R and B Sportsworld

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    Winsted

    This well heated & air conditioned facility offers state of the art Jugs Pro-Range Batting Cages offering all speeds of soft & hardball pitching. You select the speed & height of the ...

  • Bounce Town

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    South Windsor

    Massive play area with five giant inflatable bounce houses in differing themes, including a super obstacle course they can race their friends through. Also has two dedicated party rooms and offers ...

  • Bright Spot Children's Playplace

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    Vernon

    Indoor play space for children under 6. Open Play, fun active play equipment, pretend play, arts and crafts, plus science and discovery areas. Classes and Birthday Parties too.

  • Andies Bounce Barn

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    Seymour

    A bounce-tastic farmyard themed indoor play and bounce facility for those bouncing, active kids from 2 years to 10 years.

  • Jump n Jammin Inflatable Party Gym

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    Bristol

    Over 18,000 sq" of indoor/outdoor space with weekday open jumps, family fun, great planned activities and games room!

  • BounceU of North Branford

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    Stratford

    Bouncing everywhere! BounceU specialize in children's birthday parties, as well as fun open bouncing play!

  • Jump Zone Canton

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    Canton

    Inflatable fun as well as cool arcade games, and a hurricane simulator! A fun experience in Canton, Connecticut.

  • Tot Town Party and Play

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    Brookfield

    Parent Supervised indoor playground and party center.

  • Bounce Fun Center

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    Clinton

    offers a range of inflatable slides, obstacle courses and classic bounce houses for all ages to play on plus video game arcade.

  • Monkey Joes

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    Hamden

    Come and join us at monkey Joe's Connecticut's newest family fun Center. Ideal for children 2 years old to 12 years old. Monkey Joe's is an indoor inflatable fun and exciting party and play center ...

  • Timber Gyms Open Play

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    Newington

    offers a fun indoor play experience suited to younger children, including a series of cubby style indoor tree houses with ladder access, play pirate ship and plenty more, plus classic bounce house.

  • Stay and Play

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    Old Saybrook

    Under 7s play room, over 7s game room, outside watersides and more.

  • Carrinas Corner

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    Woodstock

    offer a varying range of children's classes plus open play sessions with access to their developmentally stimulating toys and activity equipment.

  • Romp n Roll Wethersfield

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    Weathersfield

    Classes for those active and creative kids, from dance, art, cooking music and of course gym! Designed for those little ones 3 months to 5 years.

  • 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

    Activities include Swimming, Wakeboarding, Cliff Jumping, Zip Lines, Rock Climbing, Land-based Obstacle Courses, Scuba Diving and Kayaking.

  • 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!

  • White Memorial Conservation Center

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    Litchfield

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

  • CoCo Key

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    Waterbury

    Boasting 40 ft body and raft slides, adventure river, kids' activity pool and huge water play island with more besides.

  • RecPlex Spray Park

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    Colchester

    Offers a great splash pad, skate park, 3 playgrounds and sports facilities plus wide open spaces for play.

  • Newington Childrens Theatre Company

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    Newington

    Bringing theater to kids - the Children's Theater Company is a non-profit theater that brings fun, culture, entertainment and hands-on programs to kids lives.

  • Golf Quest Family Fun Center

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    Southington

    A Family Afternoon at Golf Quest Start With a Round of Mini Golf... (by the way, everybody loves to play minigolf, whether you're 5 or 85!) Then take a couple of swings at the Batting Cage! Seven ...

  • Ocean Beach Park

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    New London

    Beach fun in New London with a fun boardwalk, rides, mini golf, and water park!

  • SportsCenter

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    Shelton

    SportsCenter of Connecticut is a unique family entertainment experience, featuring a weather-protected Golf Driving Range, 18-hole Hole Mini-Golf course, jungle-themed Lazer Tag arena, Fun Bowl ...

  • Bushnell Park Carousel

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    Bristol

    Whether you have a fond interest in art, American history, woodcraft, or simply enjoy the excitement of the carousel, we have something special for you. At any age, our guests can experience the joy ...

  • Fish Family Farm

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    Bolton

    You are welcome to observer the milking and bottling process right there in the barn. Bring your children and become one yourself! Visitors to our farm can go into the barn, pet the cows, watch milk ...