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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bushnell Park
Bushnell Park

(860) 232-6710

166 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106   Directions Website

Located in the heart of the city, Bushnell Park is essentially a celebration of nature in the middle of the buzzing metro area. Kids will enjoy the expansive outdoor play areas and playgrounds as well as the pavilions and picnic areas that are perfectly suited for parties and family gatherings. And speaking of families, the kids will absolutely love a visit to the Bushnell Park Carousel that is part of the park's layout. This vintage carousel features hand-painted wooden horses that will delight kids of all ages!

Commerford Zoo
Commerford Zoo

(860) 491-3421

1 Civic Center Plaza
Hartford, CT 06103   Directions Website

Lovers of the outdoors and nature can be any age, so introduce your kids to some of the world's most interesting natural wonders when you bring them to the Commerford Zoo. This is a fun, friendly and highly educational place to bring the whole family. In addition to rides, games and more, there's also a great opportunity to interact with the many exotic animals that make their home here. The petting zoo experience is highlighted by other kid-friendly fare like face painting, kiddie and animal rides and a fun souvenir shop.

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

(860) 231-9443

1561 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CT   Directions Website

Amid the day to day hustle and bustle of the city, escaping to a natural haven isn't as difficult as you would think thanks to Hartford's Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens. Your senses will be stirred in this beautiful natural setting that features amazing views of meadows, fields and water. And of course, the roses of the park's namesake are the main attraction. A half-acre garden of rose bushes has attracted international attention, and once you see it, it's easy to see why. There are also several greenhouses, a picnic grove and recreational areas.

Farmington River Tubing
Farmington River Tubing

(860) 693-6465

92 Main St
Hartford, CT 06057   Directions Website

When the warmer weather comes to Hartford, it is definitely time to take the plunge and keep cool by planning a day of fun when you experience Farmington River Tubing. Your wet and wild adventure begins at the State Recreation area and winds down the Farmington River. You can rent your tube and get ready for a great day outdoors in the sun. But you may want to bring a big hat, sunglasses and plenty of sun block!

Goodwin Park
Goodwin Park

(860) 543-8518

Hartford, CT

Pack a picnic lunch, bring the football, baseball and Frisbee, and get ready to enjoy some good wholesome fun in the sun when you take the family to Hartford's Goodwin Park. This park was opened in August of 2006 and has been providing an excellent place for families to come and enjoy the city's comfortable climate as well as the facility's excellent amenities and attractions. These include a hugely expansive play area, an impressive playground, picnic areas, and easily accessible walking paths.

Riverside Park
Riverside Park

(860) 713-3131

50 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06016   Directions Website

Hartford's Riverside Park is a popular outdoor spot that offers a little something for everyone. There's a boat launch, docking, volleyball, picnicking, and playgrounds. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, there’s also mountain bike and nature trails as well as fishing and athletic fields that always feature something fun and interesting to do and see. This park is also the home of the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boat House. Also, the park features various sculptures and other eye-catching attractions that make spending time here something truly special.

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