Outdoor Activities for Solitary Enjoyment Last Updated 7/20

As we all take care to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we are all the more appreciative of the safety-consious ways we can take in the outdoors, provided we follow the necessary guidelines.

Connecticut has many beautiful outdoor spaces for solitary recreation. From golfing to fishing to self-guided art walks, the state is filled with creative ways to get fresh air while practicing social distance. 

Fishing

The fishing season is now OPEN and a wonderful way to get outdoors. To encourage social distancing, Connecticut lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams have opened early this year for fishing statewide.  During this time of COVID-19, fishing should be enjoyed as a solitary activity or strictly with members of your immediate household.

Thanks to our friends at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), now it’s even easier to get out there, with online resources and a website filled with tips, guides, maps and more. Check out these great ways to go fish in Connecticut.

Golfing

Provided you follow the rules for social distancing, golf can be another way to take in the season. During this time, many golf courses across the state will be opening to the public, just in time for the spring weather. A directory of Connecticut golf courses can be found here – just be sure to check the individual courses' websites to learn about their current operating status, as not every course will be open. 

Before you venture out, we recommend reviewing these guidelines for safe play from the Connecticut State Golf Association. Below are a few places to check out.

Art Walks

Losing yourself in the beauty of art can be a very therapeutic activity – and maybe even more calming when done in the fresh air. Connecticut has some wonderful outdoor art walks that are ideal for solitary enjoyment. Here are some suggested walks.

New London Mural Walk, New London

Take a self-guided walking tour of the six-block Hygienic Art Galleries' mural walk by downloading the map online and discover murals of underwater spacemen, exotic shells, community portraits, mosaics and more.

 

Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk, Hartford

Explore an artist’s expression of Abraham Lincoln’s life in this outdoor sculpture walk set along the Connecticut River. For multiple ways to tour, take the Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk mobile tour or download the map for a self-guided tour.

 

Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds, Old Lyme

Stroll through gardens and courtyards admiring over 100 large-scale contemporary sculptures. For a relaxing self-guided tour, the map is available online.

 

New Canaan Sculpture Trail, New Canaan

Keep an eye out for the opening of this new sculpture walk. When the time comes, download the walking map to take yourself on a leisurely tour of the sculptures designed to combine art and nature in honor of the 50th celebration of Earth Day. Enjoy the visually engaging work created by a diverse group of artists.

 

Art Collective Stamford Downtown

A collection of 34 sculptures created by six regional artists placed throughout Stamford downtown.

 

Simsbury Chamber of Commerce Art Trail, Simsbury

The Simsbury Chamber of Commerce will be displaying 37 life-sized bronze sculptures created by artist Seward Johnson in a walkable and bikeable art trail throughout the bucolic town of Simsbury.

 

Hiking

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are turning to the great outdoors for fresh air, exercise and the renewing power of nature. Connecticut’s parks, forests and trails are a great resource and can be enjoyed while following the CDC’s recommendations.

To ensure that too many people do not visit the same state parks at the same time, which would make social distancing more difficult, the state authorities have instituted new regulations designed to limit visitor capacity.

And again, before venturing out, we recommend checking for temporary closures as well as reviewing these steps to take to enhance “social distancing” when enjoying the outdoors.

For more ideas, check out these social distance-friendly hikes and these secluded hiking destinations in Connecticut. For a full list of state parks click here.

Below are recommendations for hiking that are not typically as crowded.

On the Water

As the weather warms up, outdoor activities on the water are another outlet for solitary recreation.

During the time of COVID-19, marinas are open as they are considered essential businesses. If you have a boat or belong to a marina, this may be a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Just be sure to check with your local marina on exact hours of operation and when their season opening.

To stay up to date on the latest information, check the Connecticut Marine Trades Association’s page on their website, which is constantly updated with news pertaining to the industry.

Another enjoyable way to get fresh air and keep social distance is kayaking or paddle boarding. Below are a couple of places in Connecticut that are offering either rentals or open for kayak and paddleboard shopping.

Black Hall Outfitters, Westbrook & Old Lyme

To get out on the water, you don't even need to own your own equipment! Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook is open for kayak rental and taking great measures to ensure the safety of guests. Not only are they disinfecting their equipment each time it is used, but they are also cleaning their offices hourly.

 

Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, Collinsville

While not open for rentals, Collinsville Canoe & Kayak is taking orders for purchases of kayaks, canoes and gear to be used on your own. They are offering curbside pickup and delivery.

 

Adventure Mystic, Mystic

Adventure Mystic is not renting, but a variety of stand-up paddle boards and kayaks are available for sale. To keep up to date on daily deals, check Adventure Mystic's Instagram page.

 

Indian River Marina and Kayak, Clinton

Indian River Marina and Kayak is another great spot to find a wide selection of kayaks and gear to purchase for solitary use.