Outdoor Adventures Ideal for Summer & Fall
Make the most of the outdoors with these venues that offer a wide array of activities.
Have an Adventure
HighFlyer Zipline at Foxwoods Resort Casino
From the rooftop of Fox Tower, 350 feet in the air, ride the mile-long zipline at speeds up to 60 miles per hour.
Fields of Fire Adventure Park
Push yourself to new heights and test your skills at 5 aerial ropes courses, winding through the treetops over 50 acres.
Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
Enjoy a ride on the historic steam train and aboard the Becky Thatcher riverboat. The new rail-bike adventures let you pedal along the tracks for a 4-mile ride over easy terrain.
Travel the Trails
Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center
Trails through the wildlife sanctuary and the natural history museum exhibits are open on weekends for visitors.
The Dinosaur Place at Nature’s Art Village
Explore 60-acres with 50 life-sized dinosaurs on nature trails. Other outdoor activities include the splash pad and mini-golf, and there are indoor shops and activities to enjoy as well.
Lyme Land Conservation Trust
Trails are available for hikers, bikers, and horses in the preserves. Read specific guidelines before you go.
The Last Green Valley
A National Heritage Corridor spanning towns in eastern CT and MA invites you to Explore! trails, farms, and shopping. Visit their website for information on trails and activities.
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Intersections of Nature and Art
Florence Griswold Museum Artists’ Trail and Gardens
Take in the view down the Lieutenant River that inspired artists across centuries. Grounds are free and open to the public. Reserve tickets for indoor exhibits or make reservations for dining on the veranda at Café Flo by Gourmet Galley before going.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum & Connecticut College Arboretum
Enjoy 12-acres of lawn and parkland at along with the museum’s Sculpture Trail and McCourt 9/11 Memorial Garden. The museum is offering free admission through Labor Day. The Arboretum offers many more acres to explore with the Native Plant Collection and Caroline Black Garden.
Beluga whales, African penguins, sea lions, seals, and bullfrogs are featured in outdoor exhibits. Purchase tickets with a reserved time for your visit, and enjoy safe social distancing for indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Mystic Seaport Museum
Walk through history in a recreated 19th-century seaport village. Outdoor exhibits are open as well as the decks of historic ships.
There’s so much to do in eastern CT! Find out more at CTVisit.com/mystic.