Weekend Getaway Free for All Last Updated 11/16

And you thought nothing in life was free. In Connecticut, we beg to differ. An abundance of great attractions and activities throughout the state are available for you to enjoy, free of charge (although sometimes a donation is requested). So what are you waiting for? Get out and see Connecticut this weekend, or any day, for free. Your wallet will thank you.

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USS Nautilus and US Navy Submarine Force Library, Groton

Go below and tour the USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear-powered ship. Interactive exhibits and an extensive collection of submarine artifacts, documents and photographs will keep you busy and engaged.

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Connecticut State Capitol, Hartford

Take a tour to learn about the history of the Capitol, a National Historic Landmark, and view flags carried into war by Connecticut soldiers, artifacts important to Connecticut history, and the Connecticut Hall of Fame.

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Silver Sands State Park, Milford

Enjoy 47-acres of beach, dunes and nature. Relax along the beach, where swimming and fishing are permitted, picnic along one of the many nature trails, or venture to the 14-acre bird sanctuary on Charles Island.

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Talcott Mountain State Park/Heublein Tower, Simsbury

Make the 1.5 mile hike to the peak of Talcott Mountain, 1,000 feet above the Farmington River Valley, for spectacular views. Bring a picnic and visit Hublein Tower for information on its fascinating history.

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Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Two for the price of none. View priceless treasures from the many worlds of art, but note the British Art center is closed until May for renovations.

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Elizabeth Park and Rose Garden, Hartford/West Hartford

This 102-acre park boasts gardens, greenhouses, recreational pathways, a picnic grove, pond, playground, and the oldest municipally-operated rose garden in the country, with over 800 varieties of roses.

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Weir Farm National Historic Site, Wilton

Join a National Park Service guided tour to experience one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art, or walk the nature refuge and enjoy bird watching and picnicking.

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Connecticut Audubon Society Center, Pomfret

The Pomfret center offers bird walks and many opportunities to learn about and explore the natural world, and serves as the gateway to the adjoining 700-acre Connecticut Audubon Society Bafflin Sanctuary.

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Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust, Woodbury

On more than 2,000 acres, hike the many nature trails dotted with historic buildings, stone walls, and beautiful views of the many woodlands, lakes, ponds, streams and fields.