Best Last Minute Summer Day Trips

August 5, 2011 8:00 AM

PhotoCredit: Essex steam train

By Mary Fischer

Can you believe how fast summer is going by? Before we know it, the leaves will be changing and the kids will be back at school. To squeeze in a few more days offun with your family before the season is over, check out our list of the best last minute day trip spots in Connecticut.

Saybrook Point

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Saybrook Point Miniature Golf
Saybrook Point
Old Saybrook, CT 06475
Hours: Summer Hours through September 7th
11:00a.m. – 10:00p.m.
Prices: $5 per round
860-395-3152 – (Old Saybrook Parks and Recreation Dept.)

Miniature golf is always fun, but playing with an incredible view is even better! Saybrook Point Miniature Golf is a great place to have fun in the sun with your family while enjoying amazing ocean vistas, not to mention the sea breeze. The course is easy enough for younger kids, and children are entertained by the boats passing by so they don’t get bored while waiting for their turn to putt.

Gillette Castle

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Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Rd.
East Haddam, CT 06423
Park Hours: Gates open 8a.m.
Castle Hours: 10a.m. – 5p.m.
Park Admission: Free
Castle Tours: $6 Adults, $2 Kids, Free for kids under 5
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What kid wouldn’t love touring an ancient castle? To give your children a taste of fairy tale life right here in Connecticut, don’t miss Gillette Castle State Park. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy free use of the park grounds with your family, and then take them inside to explore this massive stone castle.

becky glass water Best Last Minute Summer Day Trips

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Essex Steam Train & Riverboat
1 Railroad Ave
Essex, CT 06426
Hours: Daily departures: 11:00a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:00.p.m., 3:30p.m.
Train only: Adults $17, Kids $9
Train and boat: Adults $26, Kids $17pm
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Kids love riding on trains and boats, so why not combine the two into one great summer excursion by taking a ride on the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat? Enjoy a trip through some of Connecticut’s most picturesque scenery aboard the classic Essex Steam Train, then board the Becky Thatcher for a cruise down the Connecticut River. The voyage is only 2 ½ hours round trip, so it’s short enough to keep kids’ attention, but long enough to make the drive to the station worth your while.

Mary Fischer lives in Ellington, CT with her 5-year old son and husband of almost 8 years. She is the owner and author of a popular parenting blog, called The Mommyologist, where she features articles all about the changes in life that go along with being a parent.

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