Summer Camping Destinations Last Updated 7/16

With its miles of coastline, abundance of rivers and streams, and endless wooded hills and valleys, Connecticut is an ideal place to set up your tent, fit out your cabin or park your RV for a summer camping vacation. Not sure where to start your planning? Here are just a few of the ways to go.

State Parks & Forests
Private Campgrounds
Land Preserves
Rustic Cabin Camping
Camping in an Amusement Park
Pet-Friendly Camping
Over the Top Glamping

Rustic Cabin Camping

The State of Connecticut now offers rustic cabin rentals within six of its state parks. The cabins are 14 feet by 17 feet with two rooms (and a front porch) and can sleep six – no kitchens or bathrooms. Stay for a week or two and you’ll truly feel light years away from home.

Camping in an Amusement Park

Bear Creek Campground is a new feature of Lake Compounce Amusement Park in Bristol. After you’ve enjoyed the features of the amusement park, your family will be able to retire to Bear Creek, with its tent and RV sites, huts and cabins. There are even Indian-style tipis that can sleep up to five.

Pet Friendly

Since most pet dogs suffer from extreme FOMO (fear of missing out), it’s good to know that an increasing number of Connecticut campgrounds and RV resorts have rolled out the welcome mat for them.

Over the Top Glamping

Finally, there’s Connecticut’s ultimate version of “glamping” as offered by Winvian Farm in Morris, where each luxury accommodation has its own theme.

  • The Camping Cottage here consists of 950 square feet, inside/outside wood burning fireplaces, a Jacuzzi tub and steam shower. Inside, there’s a king-sized tented bed and the arched ceiling shows stars at night.
  • There’s also the Treehouse Cottage suspended 35 feet off the forest floor and the Log Cabin (where you won’t have to read by candlelight). Roughing it never had it so good!