Great Outdoors Last Updated: June 2021

From landscapes to seascapes, Connecticut is filled with ways to enjoy the great outdoors! Here is a list of outdoor experiences that will be offered on June 12.

Art & Garden Tour of Northeast Connecticut

In-Person Experience:
A free self-guided tour features 11 artists' gardens displaying the works of 17 area artists. Enjoy paintings, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, photography, and other works of art in gardens in Ashford, Coventry, Mansfield, and Willington. The gardens, which vary in style, include a handmade greenhouse, a hydroponic greenhouse, ponds and pools, a stone arch, paths, terraces, and an abundance of flowers, shrubs, vegetables, trees, and herbs. Artwork will be available for purchase. All current Covid-19 protocols will be followed, including masks. For more information and a map, please visit our website.

Virtual Experience:
Visit the beautiful gardens and artists' work in beautiful northeastern Connecticut on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.



Connecticut Audubon Deer Pond Farm, Sherman

In-Person Experience:
Be a Citizen Scientist iNaturalist Outdoor Program, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Free admission. Register here. We will learn to use the iNaturalist app and go out in the field to collecting observations of plants and animals. Please come with the iNaturalist app downloaded onto your smartphone, or a digital camera that you can use to capture your observations.
Storytime & Scavenger Hunt, from 11 a.m. until noon. Free admission. Register here. Join us for a story about a simple way we can all add to our natural world. Your child will hear a story about a woman who beautifies her town by spreading flower seeds. The children will be given their own supply of seeds take home to spread. Story appropriate for children in grades 1 to 3, and for experienced younger listeners. Afterwards, join us for a short scavenger hunt around Deer Pond Farm.



Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield, Fairfield

In-Person Experience:
Connect with nature at Connecticut Audubon Center at Fairfield. Explore the variety of ecosystems and wildlife habitats in the 155-acre Larsen Sanctuary. Seven miles of trails, open dawn to dusk, include the Chiboucas wheelchair-accessible trail. Visit the Birds of Prey compound to meet the raptors that serve as ambassadors in environmental education programs. Stop by the Nature Store for a trail map, or shop and receive 10% off all purchases.


Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, Mystic

In-Person Experience:
Come explore the Forest Loop Trail at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center. Stop by the front desk to pick up a scavenger hunt before you hit the trail. Complete your scavenger hunt and get a water bottle sticker to take home.


Hungerford Nature Center, Kensington

In-Person Experience:
Come meet some of our four hooved, two horned friends face to face with no fence in between. A great hands on experience awaits. Come down, enjoy, take picture and see what is new at Hungerford Nature Center. Open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., with free admission, along with a Meet the Goats program.


Slipaway River Tours, Wethersfield

In-Person Experience:
See the Connecticut River from a whole new vantage point. Join a narrated tour on the Slipaway from Wethersfield Cove on Connecticut Open House Day for a chance to see the Hartford eagles, osprey, and other river scenes. Book your tickets on the website or pay as you board (if space available) and receive a 10% cash refund as you step aboard to enjoy the ride.


Thames River Heritage Park, New London/Groton

In-Person Experience:
ONE RIVER. A THOUSAND STORIES. Hop aboard the Thames River Heritage Park water taxi and witness history come alive while visiting the historic USS Nautilus, Fort Trumbull State Park, Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park, and many more local historic sites. Connecticut Open House Day special water taxi fare is $5 for all, children ages 3 and under are free. Tickets are available on the boats. Water taxis begin at 11:40 a.m. from Thames River Landing in Groton and follow a continuous loop to landings at Fort Trumbull State Park on the hour, City Pier at 20 minutes after the hour, and Thames Landing in Groton City at 40 minutes after the hour. Please remember to be respectful of social distancing.