Take a boat out
Go to the beach
Rent a beach house
Visit a state park
Take a ferry
Go to an outdoor concert
Go out for ice cream
Hit the Connecticut Beer Trail
Hit the Connecticut Wine Trail
Grab a juice
Dine al fresco
Eat some seafood
Make your own wind
Take a water trail
Tubing on the Farmington River
Take the kids to a water/amusement park
Get up in the air
Take an island cruise
Escape to an island
Candlewood Lake is a popular boating spot; it spans five towns and is the largest lake in the state. It's certainly not the only option, though. Here's a list of the state's marinas.
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One of the benefits of living in Fairfield County, is the Long Island Sound is a quick drive away (or walk if you're lucky enough). Here's a list of local beaches.
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Many of SW Connecticut's state parks happen to be beaches, but if you're not a sand person there are other options. Kent Falls in Kent offers hiking trails, a picnic area and of course a waterfall you can either enjoy from afar or cool off under. Check out the many Connecticut state parks.
For many people, hot days = cold beers. Don't just go for the usual choice, try one of Connecticut's many locally brewed choices - or try all of them on the Connecticut Beer Trail.
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More of a wine person? Check out the Connecticut Wine Trail and enjoy the fresh air while tasting wine at one of the state's wineries. Take a look at all the locations.
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Trying to skip sweets and carbs during beach season? Join the juice craze. A freshly-made fruit and/or vegetable juice is a healthy way to cool off. Try one of these local juice bars.
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You may gravitate towards an air-conditioned restaurant on a hot day, but a nice breeze can be even better - especially near the water. Try Down the Hatch in Brookfield. It's the only restaurant on the Candlewood Lake, and you can get to it by car or boat. Click here for a full list of outdoor restaurants in SW CT.
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When it's too hot to hit a hiking trail, try a water one. Connecticut is
home to water trails where you can kayak or canoe your way through the
wooded landscape. Click here for a list of water trails.
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Take a three-mile tube ride down the Farmington River. Farmington River Tubing rents out specially designed river tubes and life jackets. Find out more.
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Cool off on a water slide or make some breeze on a roller coaster. Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury and Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol are two of the most popular amusement parks in the state. They aren't the only options though. Check out five water theme parks in and around Connecticut.
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Take a ferry ride to Sheffield Island off Norwalk or around the Thimble Islands just off the shore of Stony Creek. There are 365 islands in the chain. Find out more about Connecticut island cruises.
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