FREE Summer Fun for Families in CT

School’s out, the weather is gorgeous, and everyone is eager to do something…anything…fun! However, between camps, vacations, and endless cookouts, summer fun can add up quickly! Here are some awesome, totally free activities you can enjoy with your family this summer. Have free fun of your own to share? Add it in the comments below!

  • Pick up a CT State Parks pass from your local library! This pass gives you free admission to state beaches, Gillette Castle, the Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, and many others.
  • There are many free events provided by the cooperative of farmers in The Farmer’s Cow dairy. Their barn tours, which include free ice cream, are fun for kids and adults of all ages.
  • Marquee Cinemas, located in Westbrook at the Tanger Outlet center, offers free movies for kids throughout the summer. During the months of July and August, they offer two family films at 9:30 am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with no ticket cost.
  • New Haven’s annual Festival of Arts and Ideas includes many activities, some of which cost money, but many of which do not. There so many amazing free events happening as part of this festival! You can enjoy puppet making, a children’s film festival, concerts, family stage performance, bike tours and so much more…and there are many free events for adults that would make a great date night (or date day)!
  • Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy a variety of free concerts at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford! Honestly, what’s better than outdoor music in warm weather?
  • Ok, so this isn’t really free, but the Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT offers $1 admission on the first Friday of every month from 4:30-8pm. Pair that with the free parks pass from the library and spend the first part of your day enjoying Rocky Neck Beach just up the road!
  • During the summer months, Mystic Seaport offers free admission on Sundays from 5-8pm for their Summer Music Sundays series. During these hours, you can enter for free and hear live music while you stroll around and see the tall ships and enjoy the breeze off the water.

Are there any free events you’re looking forward to in CT this summer?

6 thoughts on “FREE Summer Fun for Families in CT

  1. Free summer concerts in Coventry at Patriots Park from 5:30-8:30pm! They are Thursday nights, 4 of them through the summer. I don’t see a website for them, but they are posted on the Coventry Recreation website I think!


  2. I’ve heard it can be hard to get the library pass because so many people want to snag them up. Has that been your experience? Other fun free things we like to do: explore new playgrounds (new to us anyways!), go to Robbs farm to see the animals, on hot days we go to the pet store to say hi to all the different animals there too 🙂


    1. Yes to Robb’s and the pet stores! So so fun!! I’ve had decent luck with the library passes. I call ahead to see if there’s one in as soon as the library opens (they can’t hold them, but they can say if there are any there at that time). If I don’t have luck at my own library, I call the town over from us. So far, I’ve never been let down! And I love to go to new parks, too!!


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