35 Things to Do in Connecticut this April Last Updated: March 2021
Looking for something to do in Connecticut in April? Even with all the COVID-19 safety restrictions, there is still so much to see and do — and you can be sure businesses are working hard to keep you safe. Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut's got you covered. Here are some highlights for April.
At this time, attractions are working diligently to prioritize safety. Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change due to COVID-19.
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2. Hike to the top. Get out in the spring air and hike to new heights. Try these trails with incredible views or the state’s top hiking destinations. Looking for more spots? Explore these hiking trails in every county.
4. Destroy things. At Connecticut’s first rage room, let out your emotions – and laugh a lot too. At Smash Avenue in West Hartford, you’ll use all your might to safely destroy breakable items while draped in protective gear.
5. Have a rockin’ day. When April showers come down, go indoor rock climbing at City Climb Gym in New Haven, Rock Climb Fairfield, Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester, or Prime Climb Mountain Fun in Wallingford.
6. Shred the trails. Go mountain biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield, try cycling on bike trails like the Farmington River Trail in Simsbury or the Farmington Canal Linear Trail in New Haven, or explore these bike trails for all speeds.
7. Go off-roading. Rent a UTV and experience a guided tour through privately owned trails in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut with Backyard Adventure UTV Tours in Canaan.
Rest and Relaxation
8. Treat yourself to a facial or massage. Whichever you prefer, a visit to spas like The Spa at Litchfield Hills in Litchfield, The Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, Delamar Spa in West Hartford, or Mandara Spa in Uncasville will help ease your way into the new season.
10. Try sound healing. Embark on a sound journey and achieve a state of deep relaxation as a way to retune and rebalance at The Sound Retreat in Chester.
11. Pick daffodils. Spend a rejuvenating day outside with family and friends picking your own daffodils at Halfinger Farms in Higganum. Or stroll through the shoreline town of Madison and tour the Daffodil Trail at historic sites and local parks.
12. Get your float on. Relieve anxiety and release endorphins when floating sense-free in water and Epsom salt at Imagine Float in Avon.
Arts, Culture & History
13. Tour historic homes and gardens. Connecticut is filled with landmarks steeped in rich history – and gorgeous grounds. Explore these spots and discover the beauty around every corner.
14. Take an art class. Whether you prefer painting, pottery, or more, dive into your creative side by taking art classes for all levels at Washington Art Association or Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon.
15. Explore unique museums. Learn about something new at less typical history museums such as the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, Vintage Hi Fi Museum in West Hartford, New England Motorcycle Museum in Vernon, the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, or the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington.
16. Visit a new gallery. Six Summit Art Gallery opened a new 3,500 square foot gallery space in Westbrook called the Grand Art Salon. Tour the space and admire works from a variety of creators, including the first exhibit “Resurgence,” which represents the ongoing struggles of the pandemic.
Food and Drink Adventures
17. Try new brews. Despite the challenges of 2020, many new businesses still opened – including craft breweries. Visit newly opened spots such as Phantom Brewing Company in Hartford, Dockside Brewery in Milford, Half Full Brewery in Stamford, Clocktown Brewing Company in Thomaston, or NewSylum Brewing Company in Newtown.
18. Dine outside. As the weather warms up, take advantage and enjoy outdoor dining at any of these restaurants around the state.
20. Eat a la carte. Enjoy the spring air and sample foods of all kinds. Take a walking tour of nearly 30 food trucks offering tasty treats at Food Truck Paradise by Long Wharf in New Haven, savor flavors under string lights at GastroPark in West Hartford, or try over-the-counter meals at Essex Public Market and Food Hall – from Mexican fare to a noodle bar, to gelato.
21. Go brunching. There’s something about spring that just says “brunch” – especially brunch that looks as superb as it tastes. Snap an Instagram shot (and send your taste buds to heaven) at these photo-worthy brunch spots.
22. Devour donuts. Add some extra happiness to your morning pick-up delicious (and sometimes even photo-worthy) donuts from Blazing Fresh Donuts in Guilford, Donut Crazy in multiple locations across the state, or the newly opened Neil’s Donuts in Wallingford.
23. Take a pizza tour. Did you know that New Haven is home to not one, not two, but four of the nation’s top pizza places (including America’s #1)? Explore the city and sample a slice of history. Discover even more spots along the Connecticut Pizza Trail.
24. Follow the clues. Round up the kids for a day of outdoor riddle solving with scavenger hunts throughout the state. It’ll be a day to remember – and a perfect activity for the age of social distancing.
26. Hunt for Easter eggs. Celebrate the holiday with a day of egg hunting at Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Kids will turn in their found eggs and get to take home a craft and choose a prize from our awesome choices of stuffed animals, science kits, craft activities, and more!
27. Escape reality. Want to shoot zombies, travel the world, golf, box, play silly games and more? Now you can – with virtual reality fun at The Vault in Seymour. Kids will love gaming and parents can enjoy the newly introduced VR wellness for relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness.
28. Do a family photo shoot. Whether you’re planning a maternity shoot or simply desire shots of the whole family, Connecticut features many scenic backdrops for capturing special moments. Discover these photo-worthy family photo locations – the results will be stunning.
29. Play indoors. On a rainy spring afternoon, take the fun inside with these indoor adventures from ropes courses to sports centers.
30. Find spring fun. From garden adventures to train rides, discover spring activities and even plan ahead for the rest of 2021 with these family activities for all four seasons.
31. Plan a picnic. Pack a basket with your best treats, lay out a blanket and enjoy each other’s company on a sweet and intimate picnic at these great spots.
32. Take a long walk on the beach. It’s more than just a dating bio cliché – it’s a truly romantic activity. Walk hand in hand together in the spring air at beaches throughout the state.
33. Stroll through town. Spend a relaxing afternoon with your special someone exploring the state’s quaint towns and villages – you’ll make new memories discovering different shops, galleries and more.
34. Stay by the sea. Wake up on the water – and beside your special someone – at exquisite accommodations like the Inn at Stonington, Saybrook Point Resort & Marina in Old Saybrook, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, or the Madison Beach Hotel.