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The winter’s snow and ice have given way to clearer skies and sunnier days, and with the better weather comes the urge to spend some time outside. But if staking out a spot on one of Connecticut’s beaches this season isn’t at the top of your summer fun list, there are a host of other outdoor water activities that may suit your fancy.

Maybe enjoying a sunset sail at SoundWaters sailing in Stamford will fit the bill, or perhaps some old-fashion water park fun at Lake Compounce in Bristol will be exactly what you need to get outside this summer. Whatever outdoor adventure works for you, Connecticut has it.


Take a look at what the summer 2022 season has in store.

Leading Edge Water Sports

Fairfield


Leading Edge Water Sports

Leading Edge Water Sports

Lift Foils / Dale Sandilands

Riders of all skill levels can experience the sensation of riding a Lift eFoil at Leading Edge Water Sports as they glide above the water at up to 25 miles per hour. This type of boarding is powered beneath the water’s surface by a silent electric motor and controlled with a Bluetooth hand controller.

The season to try out Lift eFoils is from the end of April-May through October, and while there are no appointments displayed online just yet, pricing for lessons starts at $325 for one person, $450 for two, $550 for three and $175 per person for group lessons. 



Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

Portland


At the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park.

At the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park.

Catherine Avalone / Contributed photo

The former stone quarry is now the home of fair-weather fun ranging from zip lines and a 100-foot water slide to swimming, cliff jumping and wake boarding. Day and season passes for Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park are available for purchase for the 2022 season.

For swimming access, visitors can either purchase a $39 daily pass or a season pass for $156 to access all swimming, snorkeling and kayaking. Adventure passes — which include water slides, cliff jumping and scuba diving — are available for $49 for a day pass and $196 for a season pass. To test out the park’s wakeboarding feature and still have access to all of the attractions in the adventure pass, visitors can purchase a daily pass for $59 or a season pass for $236. 



SoundWaters Sailing

Stamford


SoundWaters begins afterschool fall adventure programs.

SoundWaters begins afterschool fall adventure programs.

Michael Bagley, SoundWaters

Setting sail on Long Island sound to catch a sunset or enjoy the afternoon sun is just on the horizon at SoundWaters sailing. To participate in either option, there must be a minimum of eight passengers on the boat, and all passengers must be at least 5 years old. 

Sunset sails take place Wednesdays through Sundays and cost $45 per person to attend. Afternoon sails launch on Saturdays and Sundays only and cost $35 per adult and $20 for each child ages 5-12. SoundWaters also offers youth programs to learn how to sail, as well as summer programs and kayak and paddle board rentals. 



Longshore Sailing School

Westport


The excitement of mastering a new challenge
The excitement of mastering a new challenge

Longshore Sailing School/2013

Kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding are all summer fun options at Longshore Sailing School this season. A variety of watercraft are available to rent, ranging from catamarans to kayaks and paddle boards; prices start at $20/hour for a kids’ boat and go up to $70 for a catamaran rental. For season passes, Westport residents can pay $330 for weekday and weekend paddling while non-Westport residents can spend $350 for the same access. 

Longshore Sailing School also has a variety of sailing lessons available for both kids and adults, as well as private lessons.

 



Lake Compounce

Bristol


Campers Lilly and Sofia Pace along with Emma Tatum cool off swimming with help from a splash of water from counselor Matt Olson at Merwin Meadows park in Wilton. Wilton Parks and Recs holds Camp Looper at the park every summer with trips to other fun places like Lake Compounce as well as a day of just inflatable bounce hoiuses and water slides at the Comstock Community Center in Wilton Conn. on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Campers Lilly and Sofia Pace along with Emma Tatum cool off swimming with help from a splash of water from counselor Matt Olson at Merwin Meadows park in Wilton. Wilton Parks and Recs holds Camp Looper at the park every summer with trips to other fun places like Lake Compounce as well as a day of just inflatable bounce hoiuses and water slides at the Comstock Community Center in Wilton Conn. on Tuesday July 19, 2016

Alex von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media

Lake Compounce will be open this season, and with a new water park ride — the Venus Vortex — at the ready along with its other water slide and pools, there are water activities available for guests of every age. 

Season passes for 2022 range in price from $79.99 for a basic access level to $169.99 for platinum access, and regular admission purchased online and usable for any day will cost adults $56.99, while kids under 52 inches tall will cost $46.99. Senior tickets purchased online are $46.99, and children under age 3 are free. 



The Dinosaur Place

Oakville


The Dinosaur Place in Montville, Connecticut
The Dinosaur Place in Montville, Connecticut

Courtesy of Nature’s Art Village

For kids (and parents) who may prefer land-based water activities, The Dinosaur Place in Oakville offers a zero-depth water playground that features water cannons, dumping buckets and over 30 dinosaur-themed attractions. There is also a separate water play area for infants and toddlers. 

Splash pads opened on May 20, and admission for Monday through Thursday will cost adults $22.99, while kids’ admission will cost $25.99 and toddlers’ admission will cost $22.99. Admission for seniors costs $21.99. For access from Friday through Sunday (or during holidays and school breaks), adult and toddler admission costs $26.99, while kids’ admission is $29.99 and senior admission is $25.99.

 



Quassy Amusement Park

Middlebury


The Yo-Yo Swing at Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, in August 2020.

The Yo-Yo Swing at Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut, in August 2020.

John Breunig /Hearst Connecticut Media

There is more to Quassy Amusement Park than its rides and rollercoasters. Visitors can access the park’s several water slides, raft rides and splash pads with either season pass access or daily ticketed entry.

Season passes are $89.99 per person. Weekday and weekend passes are also available with specific passes to access SplashAway Bay only. 


Main Stream Canoes and Kayaks

New Hartford


Joanne Barrett, of Shelton, takes advantage of the rising tide to kayak through the marsh at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn.

Joanne Barrett, of Shelton, takes advantage of the rising tide to kayak through the marsh at Silver Sands State Park in Milford, Conn.

Brian Pounds / Hearst Connecticut Media

Canoe and kayak trips in the Farmington River, or canoing trips at West Hill or Winchester Lake are available at Main Stream Canoes and Kayaks. Trips range in length and duration depending on the trip selected. 



Scoot and Paddle

Milford and Derby


Deanna Reid, left, and Sophia Carlson, both of Bridgeport, paddle kayaks on the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport, Conn.

Deanna Reid, left, and Sophia Carlson, both of Bridgeport, paddle kayaks on the Pequonnock River in Bridgeport, Conn.

Ned Gerard / Hearst Connecticut Media

Single or tandem kayaks, as well as paddle boards, bicycles and scooters are available to rent at Scoot and Paddle, which has locations in Milford and Derby. Those seeking to enjoy the water this season can rent kayaks or paddle boards by the hour or by the month. Monthly passes for kayaks and paddle boards range from $175 for an individual to $400 for a family. Season passes range in price from $300 for an individual to $500 for a family. 



CT Bike Tours

Guilford


Captain Anna Milne, 26, aboard The Volsunga IV Thimble Islands Cruise, Thursday, August 23, 2018, in the village of Stony Creek in Branford. Milne took over the business in 2016 after her father Bob suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident.
Captain Anna Milne, 26, aboard The Volsunga IV Thimble Islands Cruise, Thursday, August 23, 2018, in the village of Stony Creek in Branford. Milne took over the business in 2016 after her father Bob suffered traumatic brain injury as a result of a motorcycle accident.

Catherine Avalone / Hearst Connecticut Media

For a mix of land and sea action, CT Bike Tours offers he Shoreline Bike and Boat tour starts with a bike ride from the Guilford Green to Stony Creek in Branford, where riders will board a boat for a tour of the Thimble Islands. Once the boat ride concludes, passengers can bike back to Guilford. 

The tours take place Memorial Day through Columbus Day, and cost $190 per couple or $105 per person. 



Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge


Chimon Island on Tuesday july 24, 2018 in Norwalk Conn. Chimon, the largest of the Norwalk islands is part of of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and is a nesting habitat for birds.
Chimon Island on Tuesday july 24, 2018 in Norwalk Conn. Chimon, the largest of the Norwalk islands is part of of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge and is a nesting habitat for birds.

Alex von Kleydorff / Hearst Connecticut Media

Non-motorized boating and kayaking are in store at any of the locations along Connecticut’s coastline that are part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Locations include Salt Meadow in Westbrook, Outer Island in Branford, Milford Point in Milford, Great Meadows in Stratford, Sheffield Island in Norwalk, Chimon Island in Norwalk, Calf Island in Greenwich.



Farmington River Tubing

New Hartford


(Peter Hvizdak - Hearst Connecticut Media) New Haven, Connecticut: July 25, 2017. A girl goes for a water tubing joy road on the Housatonic River by Indian Wells State Park in Shelton recently.
(Peter Hvizdak – Hearst Connecticut Media) New Haven, Connecticut: July 25, 2017. A girl goes for a water tubing joy road on the Housatonic River by Indian Wells State Park in Shelton recently.

Peter Hvizdak / Hearst Connecticut Media

Tubing season will open with Farmington River Tubing beginning Memorial Day weekend, and scheduling will soon be available.