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Top Places to Cool Off in the Water

June 26, 2011 4:54 AM

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Summer time in Connecticut means you’re looking for somewhere to cool off…but maybe not the beach. Check out these hots spots, or cool spots rather, to enjoy the water away from the sand.
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Farmington River Tubing

92 Main Street
New Hartford, CT
(860) 693-6465
http://www.farmingtonrivertubing.com/

Farmington River Tubing will put you and your friends in specially designed river tubes for a 2.5 mile ride down the wild and scenic Farmington River. Traveling over three sets of rapids, you’ll experience a thrill as you splash through the white water. When you’re not navigating the rapids, you’ll be costing down the river with scenic views all around and cool water beneath your tube. Make sure to call on the day you plan to go tubing for current river conditions and times of operations. Days and Hours of operation may change due to weather or river conditions.

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Kent Falls

462 Kent Cornwall Road (Route 7)
Kent, CT 06757
(860) 927-3238
www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325228

If it were one continuous fall, Kent Falls State Park would likely be the highest falls in Connecticut. Needless to say, there’s a lot of pretty falls and cool water to chill out in. The water cascades about 250 feet down over a length of about a quarter mile. The water is very accessible and shallow so children of all ages and adults too can cool off while sitting in a chair or splashing in the steady flow of the stream. Even better, there’s a large grassy area, trails, fishing areas and picnic benches where you can make a day of it, no problem.

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Diana’s Pool

20 Diana’s Pool Road (Off Route 168)
Chaplin, CT 06235

This is a favorite of many University of Connecticut students as it’s located in the northeastern part of the state. And even better, it’s a little hidden. From the intersection of Routes 6 and 198 in Chaplin, follow Route 198-N for 1/2 mile. Just past the Chaplin Fire house, turn right onto Diana’s Pool road and from there you’ll see a little parking lot. There’s a main pool with a few smaller pools. The main one is large and ‘S’ shaped with a triple tiered waterfall. One caution is to be weary of jumping from the rocks. The water is shallow and can be dangerous, so you’re better off just enjoying the cool falls.

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