Favorite Park Closed? Here Are Others to Try Last Updated: April 2023

If you are looking to spend a day outside, only to find your favorite state park is closed, here are some other outdoor locations and local businesses to help you get outside and discover new outdoor destinations in Connecticut.

Greater New Haven

State parks in the Greater New Haven region that frequently reach their maximum capacity include Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, and Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden. Here's a list of other nearby outdoor places and businesses you can experience:


Mystic Country

Popular parks in the Mystic Country region do close due to capacity limits, like Bigelow Hollow State Park in Union, Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, and Gardner Lake State Park in Salem.  You can give these nearby outdoor places and businesses a try:

Fairfield County

In Fairfield County, Sherwood Island State Park in Westport often reaches capacity. Here are several other nearby outdoor places and businesses you can enjoy:

Litchfield Hills

The Litchfield Hills region is home to many well-loved parks including Black Rock State Park in Watertown, Lake Waramaug State Parkin New Preston, Mount Tom State Park in Litchfield and Burr Pond State Park in Torrington. For alternate outdoor ideas nearby, try:

River Valley/Greater Hartford

If you are looking for outdoor adventures in the Greater Hartford/River Valley area, some common destinations like Devil's Hopyard State Park in East Haddam, Miller's Pond State Park in Haddam, Wadsworth Falls State Park in Middletown, and Scantic River State Park in Enfield are known to reach capacity. Consider these other great nearby options: