Connecticut is a very underrated New England camping and glamping spot. This tiny state boasts some seriously beautiful coastal and country view. If you’re thinking about taking a camping vacation and want to learn more about Connecticut hiking trails and Connecticut water sports, you’re in luck!
Some of the most popular areas for camping in Connecticut center around the state’s numerous state parks. In particular, Quarry View Historic Park and Housatonic Meadows State Park Campground are popular options. Quarry View offers beautiful views of the local brownstone quarry that is a historic national landmark, while Housatonic Meadows State Park Campground offers views of two full miles of river, complete with canoeing and other water activities. The latter is popular with visitors as each of the 95 campsites are places along the edge of the river.
Connecticut is known for a number of outdoor activities that are perfect for camping, from hiking to water sports. We recommend checking out Farmington River Trail for families that want to enjoy great views of the river on a flat, paved surface. When you visit the coast, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide range of activities such as scoot and paddling, water biking, canoeing, and kayaking. Brownstone Adventure Sports Park is a great place for kids, too.
Once you’ve got your fix of Connecticut’s beautiful natural views, there are tons of tourist options closer to the cities and towns. Mystic Seaport is a very popular historical recreation maritime museum in the city of Mystic. Yale boasts a number of natural history museums around the state, as well as art galleries. For those that really want to explore the history of Connecticut, Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam is an excellent place to visit-- you’ll have to take a ferry across the Connecticut River to get there, which is an experience all on its own.
For families, the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford is fascinating for both children and adults alike. The Lake Compounce Theme Park in Bristol also has excellent Connecticut charm. Military history buffs might enjoy hopping aboard the Submarine Force Museum on the USS Nautilus in Groton, a Navy history museum built inside of the world’s first nuclear-powered submarine. For individuals who are more interested in art, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield has quite a few thought-provoking and eye-catching contemporary pieces of art.