Five Reasons To Visit Connecticut For Spring Break

March 7, 2015 8:00 AM

Mystic Seaport – Photo by Edward Main

There might still be a wind chill outside but spring break is upon us. Not every spring breaker can afford a luxurious vacation whether you are a college student or family. Connecticut however is centrally located between New York City and Boston and provides fun activities to incorporate into your spring break plans. From family-friendly activities to alcoholic beverages and games, there seems to be a variety of attractions to spend your time indoors or outside.

Dinosaur State Park
400 West St.
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 529-5816
www.dinosaurstatepark.org

Dinosaur State Park is a combination of learning and fun. The park features a two-mile nature trail and a fossil trackway. If the weather is warm enough, visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk before or after visiting the exhibits. Kids will love the exhibit center, geodesic dome, discovery room and arboretum. Pack a lunch for a picnic under the pavilion or at picnic tables. DInosaur State Park has indoor and outdoor entertainment options. The grounds are open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the trails close at 4 p.m. The exhibit center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $6 for age 13 and over, $2 for ages 6-12, and free for children under age 6.

Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave.
Mystic, CT 06355
(860) 572-0711
www.mysticseaport.org

Mystic Seaport helps define the character and charm of Mystic, Connecticut. The seaport has a museum and events for families and visitors to enjoy along the shore. This spring break, visit the Pirate Days event. Kid-friendly pirate characters will be at the seaport along with children’s activities. Be a pirate for the day, finding hidden treasure, learning to navigate the seas and decode a treasure map. Kids of all ages will enjoy the playscape. There will also be crafts and photo opportunities. Pirate Days is April 14-15, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per child plus the museum fee, or free for members.

Haight-Brown Vineyard
29 Chestnut Hill Rd.
Litchfield, CT 06759
(860) 567-4045
www.haightvineyards.com

Part of the Connecticut Wine Trail, Haight-Brown Vineyard is Connecticut’s oldest winery. It is amongst a cluster of vineyards in Litchfield county with a beautiful piece of land. Sip your favorite reds and whites or take a tour. Sample the fine wine selections at the wine bar or cozy up at the fireplace. Relax with friends or your significant other on the patio or terrace outside. Pair your wine with a cheese or chocolate plate. Stay the day at this winery or travel the wine trail to try other local wines.

Related: How To Plan Your Best Spring Break Ever

Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 06382
(860) 862-8000
www.mohegansun.com

Mohegan Sun is an adult version of a children’s playground, providing endless entertainment. It is a casino and resort that has something for everyone to enjoy. To test your luck at winning, browse the floor for the best table or slot machine. Even for those that are not fans of gambling, there is shopping, concerts, a variety of restaurants, nightlife and an arcade. The hotel is attached to the casino; you don’t even have to walk outside to get back to your room. Hotel visitors can take advantage of pool and spa access. Spending your spring break at Mohegan Sun is an all-in-one package.

Escape New Haven
111 Whitney Ave.
New Haven, CT 06510
(860) 576-9997
www.escape-industries.ninja

Put your mind and creativity to the test. It might be spring break, but using your brain power is fun at Escape New Haven. Your favorite childhood board game, Clue, has come to life in a new form. Choose from three scenarios such as the workshop, library or studio. Each scenario has different plots and puzzles. They also have different player capacities; 2-4 people, 3-6 people or 4-9 people. The scenarios change every three months, allowing for players to return with a new set of scenarios. Players have 60 seconds to solve the puzzle such as sneaking into a fancy mansion to find secrets, escaping a madman’s workshop, or finding an artist that has disappeared. Players must be age 10 or older; if younger than 15, the player must be with an adult. Escape New Haven is open Thursday through Sunday. Admission fee is $26. Registration should be completed online to book your spot.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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