Updated: Jun 18, 2021
Our must-do’s this summer from local hangouts to nearby staycations (in no particular order).
Open daily from 9-4PM purchase your tickets online then head over to Connecticut’s only zoo with a proud 90+ history. A wonderfully wild experience visit bald eagles, spider monkeys, goats, leopards, deer and more.
Bask in the weather of a beautiful summer Sunday watching polo matches with a tasty beverage. Each Sunday offers a different polo match where you can watch from the Grand Stand, West Lawn Club, Cabana’s or Players Lounge. Bring your friends for some fun and relaxation and dress the part.
Take the Bridgeport ferry to Port Jefferson then depart on a drive out east to Montauk (approx. 2 hours but be mindful of summer traffic).
Once in Montauk, set up for beautiful beach days amid the dunes at beautiful locations such as Gurney’s, Wavecrest, The MBH or Sole East. In between sunning, nightlife and local winery sips chow down on lots of local fresh-caught seafood.
If you’re looking to dodge the traffic to the Hamptons and Montauk you’re not alone. So, instead, head upstate to Mystic for nautical vibes that include: Mystic Seaport Museum & Aquarium, dine overlooking the Bascule bridge, Olde Mystik village (which includes a luxury cinema), Barley Head Brewery, famed Mystic Pizza and donuts beyond your wildest dreams.
If weather permits take a boat tour on Mystic River (highly recommended).
5. CT Wineries
Paradise Hills Vineyard: Featuring live music, an adorable chicken coupe, new releases, frose and more - gather family or friends for a sunny beautiful day on the vineyard.
From sampling dry, rich red wine flights to lighter Washington Trail Rose- you’re sure to find something you’ll love.
Gouevia Vineyard: Another beautiful winery down the road from Paradise Hills grab a picnic blanket, some snacks or lunch and your best friends to enjoy elegant views of the vineyard
6. Top Golf at Foxwoods
Even summer has its rainy days or inclement weather. When that happens - head to Foxwoods for gambling, dining or the Top Golf Suite. An indoor destination to meet up with friends and family - enjoy a little spirited competition or master your swing for back at home.
Now open at Mohegan - head to Tao for the best in nightlife and Asian-inspired specialties amid the dramatic setting of the Sky Tower Hotel Lobby. The beautiful dining room and nightlife experience boasts top notch cuisine, approachable cocktails and the best in sake.
Another staycation that’s worth the hours in the car!
Check out our 48 Hour Guide to Newport with much more to come including: What to Do in the Rain and Where to Eat like a local.
For your first time - head to Easton or Gooseberry Beach, enjoy The Cliff Walk, 22 Bowens restaurant (among others!) and the incredible Mansions (The Breakers and Marble House).
To plus up your experience rent a boat or take a sunset cruise. Sails cruise from the wharf and make for a gorgeous on the water escape.
Pedal a Rail-Bike for a 8 mile round trip adventure over moderate terrain from Essex Station south to Old Saybrook and return.
Visitors will journey along the Preserve (a 963 acre forest located in the towns of Old Saybrook, Essex and Westbrook). The area is recognized as one of the largest unprotected coastal forest between Boston and New York and prime for beautiful New England weather.
10. Local charters
Reserve a book and drive yourself (if you have your license) or charter a yacht to your favorite on-the-water restaurant. With summer in full effect take in the sights and sounds of the coast while making memories that will last you all year.