37 Things to Do in Connecticut This April Last Updated: April 2023
Looking for something to do in Connecticut in April? Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut's got you covered. Here are some highlights for April.
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1. Reel in fish. It's fishing season! Cast your lines inland or try deeper waters on a fishing trip aboard Middlebank II, Osprey Sport Fishing, North Coast Charters, or FlyingConnie Fishing Charters.
2. Look for seals. Board the research vessel EnviroLab in Groton and cruise out Long Island Sound to view Harbor Seals in their natural habitat.
3. Hike to the top. Get out in the spring air and hike to new heights. Try these trails with incredible views or the state’s top hiking destinations. Looking for more spots? Explore these hiking trails in every county.
4. Adventure in the trees. Challenge yourself on ropes courses or zip through the trees on ziplines at Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport or Adventure Park at Storrs.
5. Destroy things. At Connecticut’s first rage room, let out your emotions – and laugh a lot too. At Smash Avenue in West Hartford, you’ll use all your might to safely destroy breakable items while draped in protective gear.
6. Have a rockin’ day. When April showers come down, go indoor rock climbing at City Climb Gym in New Haven, Rock Climb Fairfield, Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester, or Prime Climb Mountain Fun in Wallingford.
7. Shred the trails. Go mountain biking at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield, try cycling on bike trails like the Farmington River Trail in Simsbury, or explore these bike trails for all speeds.
8. Go off-roading. Rent a UTV and experience a guided tour through privately owned trails in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut with Backyard Adventure UTV Tours in Canaan.
Rest and Relaxation
9. Treat yourself to a facial or massage. Whichever you prefer, a visit to spas like The Spa at Litchfield Hills in Litchfield, The Spa at Norwich Inn in Norwich, Delamar Spa in West Hartford, or Mandara Spa in Uncasville will help ease your way into the new season.
10. Relax in a salt cave. Try holistic healing and relieve stress in salt caves such as Salt Cave of Darien, Newtown Salt Spa, or Soulshine Salt Cavern in Durham.
11. Try sound healing. Embark on a sound journey and achieve a state of deep relaxation as a way to retune and rebalance at The Sound Retreat in Chester.
12. Find beautiful blooms. Spend a rejuvenating day outside with family and friends picking your own daffodils at Halfinger Farms in Higganum. Stroll through the stunning fields at Wicked Tulip Farms in New Preston to pick pastel bouquets. And on April 16, attend the 49th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring live musical entertainment, dedicated Children's Area with arts and crafts, pet-related area, and a great range of food and display tables.
13. Get your float on. Relieve anxiety and release endorphins when floating sense-free in water and Epsom salt at Imagine Float in Avon.
Arts, Culture & History
14. Tour historic homes and gardens. Connecticut is filled with landmarks steeped in rich history – and gorgeous grounds. Explore these spots and discover the beauty around every corner.
15. Take an art class. Whether you prefer painting, pottery, or more, dive into your creative side by taking art classes for all levels at Washington Art Association, Farmington Valley Arts Center in Avon, or Wesleyan Potters in Middletown.
16. Explore unique museums. Learn about something new at less typical history museums such as the Greater Middletown Military Museum, Mystic Seaport Museum, Vintage Hi Fi Museum in West Hartford, New England Motorcycle Museum in Vernon, the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, or the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington.
Food and Drink Adventures
17. Try new brews. Grab a beer and a bite at spots such as Phantom Brewing Company in Hartford, Dockside Brewery in Milford, Half Full Brewery in Stamford, Clocktown Brewing Company in Thomaston, or NewSylum Brewing Company in Newtown.
18. Dine outside. As the weather warms up, take advantage and enjoy outdoor dining at any of these restaurants around the state.
19. Try vegan treats. Connecticut has an abundance of plant-based offerings! Check out these restaurants, bakeries, and more for vegan feasts, you won't want to miss.
20. Eat a la carte. Enjoy the spring air and sample foods of all kinds. Take a walking tour of nearly 30 food trucks offering tasty treats at Food Truck Paradise by Long Wharf in New Haven, savor flavors under string lights at GastroPark in West Hartford or Parkville Market in Hartford, or try over-the-counter meals at Essex Public Market and Food Hall – from Mexican fare to a noodle bar, to gelato.
21. Go brunching. There’s something about spring that just says “brunch” – especially brunch that looks as superb as it tastes. Snap an Instagram shot (and send your taste buds to heaven) at these photo-worthy brunch spots.
22. Devour donuts. Add some extra happiness to your morning pick-up of delicious (and sometimes even photo-worthy) donuts from Blazing Fresh Donuts in Guilford, Donut Crazy in multiple locations across the state, Young Buns Doughnuts in Mystic, or the newly opened Neil’s Donuts in Wallingford.
23. Take a pizza tour. Did you know that New Haven is home to not one, not two, but four of the nation’s top pizza places (including America’s #1)? Explore the city and sample a slice of history. Discover even more spots along the Connecticut Pizza Trail.
24. Attend a champagne dinner. Enjoy a five-course dinner, paired with a great selection of champagne tastings, and a special guest speaker at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina on April 20.
25. Eat America's #1 cheese. Arethusa Farm's Aged Gouda cheese was recently named the nation's best cheese. Stop by and sample it for yourself!
26. Follow the clues. Round up the kids for a day of outdoor riddle-solving with scavenger hunts throughout the state. It’ll be a day to remember – and a perfect activity for the age of social distancing.
27. Explore natural wonders. Get some fresh air and discover nature highlights throughout the state or even visit these spectacular waterfalls.
28. Hunt for Easter eggs. Celebrate the holiday with a day of egg hunting at Quassey Amusement & Waterpark, where kids can search for eggs and discover great prizes inside! Around the state, there's more family fun with Easter Bunny visits.
29. Escape reality. Want to shoot zombies, travel the world, golf, box, play silly games, and more? Now you can – with virtual reality fun at The Vault in Seymour. Kids will love gaming and parents can enjoy the newly introduced VR wellness for relaxation, meditation, and mindfulness.
30. Do a family photoshoot. Whether you’re planning a maternity shoot or simply desire shots of the whole family, Connecticut features many scenic backdrops for capturing special moments. Discover these photo-worthy family photo locations – the results will be stunning.
31. Play indoors. On a rainy spring afternoon, take the fun inside with these indoor adventures from ropes courses to sports centers.
32. Find spring fun. From garden, adventures to train rides, discover spring activities, and even plan ahead for the rest of 2023 with these family activities for all four seasons.
33. Plan a picnic. Pack a basket with your best treats, lay out a blanket and enjoy each other’s company on a sweet and intimate picnic at these great spots.
34. Take a long walk on the beach. It’s more than just a dating bio cliché – it’s a truly romantic activity. Walk hand in hand together in the spring air at beaches throughout the state.
35. Stroll through town. Spend a relaxing afternoon with your special someone exploring the state’s quaint towns and villages – you’ll make new memories discovering different shops, galleries and more.
36. Stay by the sea. Wake up on the water – and beside your special someone – at exquisite accommodations like the Inn at Stonington, Saybrook Point Resort & Marina in Old Saybrook, Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook, or the Madison Beach Hotel.
37. Touch cloud 9. Float through the clouds on a hot air balloon ride from Berkshire Balloons in Plainville or Connecticut Voyager Balloons in Woodstock – it’ll be a date for the books!