36 Things to Do in Connecticut this June Last Updated: July 2023
Looking for something to do in Connecticut in June? Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, artistic or trendy, Connecticut's got you covered. Here are some highlights.
1. Go river rafting. Grab your best crew and float 10 miles down the Housatonic River at Clarke Outdoors in West Cornwall.
2. Try “kidulting.” Remember those easy-breezy childhood summers? Well, Connecticut’s filled with ways to act like a kid again from adult summer camps to zip-lining and ropes courses.
3. Paddle on. Try gliding across the water — while standing up! Rent paddleboards at spots such as Adventure Mystic, New England Watersports in Branford, Scoot & Paddle in Milford, or Black Hall Outfitters in Westbrook and Old Lyme.
4. Set sail. One great way to get out on the water is to rent a boat — charter a sailboat, rent a canoe, hire a fishing boat, and beyond! Or, catch some sites along the Thames River in Groton and New London on a boat cruise with the Thames River Heritage Park & Water Taxi.
5. Hike by the water. As we welcome the summer season, waterfront spots become even more inviting. Shake up your usual wooded hiking routine and try these saltwater hikes throughout the state.
Rest & Relaxation
7. Be mindful. Take a step back and live in the moment. From meditation retreats and sound healing to clean eating and connecting with nature, there are so many ways to travel mindfully in Connecticut.
8. Get muddy at the spa. Pamper yourself with a well-deserved visit to one of Connecticut’s top spas. Choose from a variety of rejuvenating treatments including facials, massages, mud wraps and more.
9. Stroll town greens. A lovely, manicured town green is part of the quintessential New England experience — and Connecticut does it right. Take a leisurely afternoon to enjoy the areas and relaxing small-town charm
10. Admire roses. June is a spectacular month for seeing roses in bloom. Take in hundreds at once at stunning parks like Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, Pardee Rose Gardens in Hamden, and Mohegan Park in Norwich.
Arts & Culture
11. Marvel at modern art. Connecticut is filled with art of all kinds — and we can’t forget these modern masterpieces! From a glass house to entire modern art museums, check out these great works of art.
12. Explore art and culture towns. When looking for arts and culture, why not explore an entire town? Try these spots for art galleries, historic sites and more.
13. Celebrate the arts. Celebrate art and community at the epic International Festivals of Arts & Ideas. And enjoy 4 days of nature, creativity, music, and collaboration at Spring Hill Vineyard's exquisite SHAG Festival.
Food and Drink Adventures
14. Scream for ice cream. Nothing says summer like a sweet and refreshing treat! Whether you prefer classic cones or sundaes, discover them all along the Connecticut Ice Cream Trail.
15. Chow down at Casinos. Sure, Connecticut’s casinos are great for gaming, shopping and more — but their food is just as much reason to visit. Just to name a few, have a sweet and celeb-inspired experience at The Sugar Factory, award-winning steaks at David Burke Prime Steakhouse, the nation’s best pizza at Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana, and sample Asian cuisine of all kinds at Tao Asian Bistro & Lounge.
16. Start lobster lovin’. Summer seafood season is here, and Connecticut is the place to be for all things lobster. Try these photo-worthy lobster shacks or follow this guide for lobster lovers to find all your favorites.
17. Upgrade your cookout. Do your backyard barbecue the right way and pick up fresh meat and seafood from these local craft butchers and fish markets.
18. Try food halls and beer gardens. The best thing about a food hall is the endless options — from diverse cuisine to gourmet grilled cheese stands! Try a little of everything at Parkville Market in Hartford or any of these food halls and beer gardens.
19. Hit the amusement parks. Connecticut is home to two fantastic parks with the world’s #1 wooden roller coasters, water rides, and other amazing thrills! Spend the day at Lake Compounce in Bristol or Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury.
20. See creature features. All just off I-95, you’ll discover marine animals, tigers and more! Road trip to these spots and take the kids to meet some new friends.
23. Make a splash. Dive into summer fun at Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park and enjoy water activities including wakeboarding, swimming, kayaking, snorkeling, cliff jumping, scuba diving, water obstacles, a rope swing and more.
27. Attend Open House Day. On June 11, attractions across the state will open their doors with special deals! Explore the offerings as a family and discover everything from museums to vineyards.
28. See the sunset. What could be more romantic than watching the sunset? From marinas to vineyards, these spots provide the perfect sunset view.
31. Get out of your comfort zone. As dating shows like the Bachelor have taught us, adventurous dates can really bring a couple together — and spark romance. Try daring activities like ziplining at Highflyer Zipline, ropes courses at Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum or Nomads Outdoor Adventure, skydiving at Skydive Danielson, smashing objects at Smash Avenue, or rock climbing at Rock Climb Fairfield.
32. Find a new date spot. Do date night differently and try somewhere new! Take your special someone to one of Connecticut’s best date spots.
33. Attend a Pride festival. There are plenty of ways to celebrate Pride in Connecticut. Here’s a list of events for this June – from parades to film festivals.
34. Eat brunch with the queens. Drag is never a drag – especially when it involves boozy brunch! Don’t miss drag brunch at these spots.
35. Find LGBTQ+ businesses. Discover and support Connecticut’s many great LGBTQ+-owned businesses this month.
36. Get away. Stay over in an LGBTQ-friendly inn and find other great destinations at Connecticut’s LGBTQ+ travel hotspots.