Activities For Dogs In Connecticut On Cold Days

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Introduction

When autumn arrives in Connecticut the days might get cold, but the scenery is breathtaking. The deciduous leaves start to change from their normal green hues to brilliant shades of red, bronze, orange, yellow, and gold. When winter takes hold the place also becomes a winter wonderland. Yes, you and your dog might have to bundle up to enjoy some of the activities on a cold day in the state, but the unparalleled beauty is well worth the extra layers that you will need to stay comfortable. Even if you don't' want to venture outdoors, there are still indoor things that you can enjoy with your canine companion.

Explore the Parks

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Sometimes just getting outdoors to enjoy the seasonal changes creates an enjoyable experience for both you and your dog. The following parks look beautiful in the autumn, winter, or spring months. If you are exploring them on a chilly day, be sure to dress in layers. If your dog is short-haired, then you might want to put a doggy jacket or sweater on them. Always pack waste removal bags when visiting these pristine parks. The parks are not just geared towards your canine's enjoyment but also the whole family. There are ball fields, playgrounds, and other activities for everyone in the family to enjoy.
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Mead Memorial Park
The Mead Memorial Park is located in New Canaan. Your dog is allowed throughout the park as long as they are on a leash. There is a playground, as well as a baseball court, cafe, trails, picnic benches, and numerous water fountains. The leaves in the park also display beautiful colors in the autumn months.
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Collis P. Huntington State Park
At the Collis P. Huntington State Park, well-behaved dogs are welcome. There are numerous trails to explore. You can also rent a canoe if your pooch doesn't mind boating. There are five ponds in the park and you can pond fish out of all of them with your beloved buddy at your side.
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Hammonasset Beach State Park
Hammonasset Beach State Park is located in Madison. The park is open year round. There are hiking trails, bike trails, ball courts, and picnic areas. Dogs are only permitted on the beach during the cold winter months from November 1 to the end of March.
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Soak Up Seafaring History

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4 hrs
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Mystic Seaport Museum is an interactive exhibit. It displays America's strong maritime history. The site is open daily. Many people enjoy exploring the site during the cold fall, winter, and spring months. In the offseason, there are fewer visitors, and the weather is not as stifling. However, you should dress in layers. Dogs are allowed in the museum's shipyard, nineteenth-century village re-creation, and nine gardens. Your pet must be kept on a leash at all times, and you are required to pick up after your pet. Dogs are not allowed inside the museums or on the vessels. Overall, the place is very dog-friendly and a great way to spend a few hours exploring America's past. 
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Leash your pet
When you first arrive at Mystic Seaport, you must leash your pet in the parking lot before proceeding onto the grounds. If you have a pet stroller then you are welcome to use it, but the dog must still have a leash on during the entire visit.
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Picnic lunch
Picnic lunches are welcome or you can have your human companion visit the cafe to order take out. Then you can all dine together beneath the huge shade trees. Even if the weather is chilly, you can still enjoy the outing by dressing in layers. Most dogs prefer cooler weather as opposed to hot conditions. However, one of the restaurants allows pets, so be sure to ask if your pooch is welcome to lay beside your table if you choose to dine in.
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Village and shipyard
Throughout the year, volunteers recreate what life was like in a thriving seaport village. You can stroll with your dog through the village and also explore the shipyard together where many volunteers perform the shipbuilding trades that were famous from the era. Just keep your pooch close and make sure they do not bother any of the volunteers.
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Shopping Fun

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The Promenade Shops at the Evergreen Walk in South Windsor is home to a multitude of stores that readily welcome dogs. You and your beloved pooch can shop in Appleseed's, Brookstone, J Crew, Gap, Kirkland's Home, Lady Foot Locker, Soft Surroundings, Ann Taylor Loft, Banana Republic, Coldwater Creek, Pottery Barn, Papyrus, and many more.  Always look in the window for a sign that states that pets are welcome. If you are in doubt, it is best to ask if dogs are allowed in the store before entering. Most of the Promenade Shops allow pets. It is a great way to spend a few hours exploring with your doggy in tow. 

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Leash up or load up
When you first arrive in the parking lot it is time to put a leash on your canine. If your dog rides in a pet stroller, you will still want to put a leash on them. Remember, some of the stores have tight aisleways so pushing a stroller might be difficult.
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Shop till you drop
There are so many stores at the Promenade that you and your pooch might literally shop until you both drop. It's a great bonding experience for you both of you. Many of the shops even offer your dog tasty treats and a pat on the head as you explore the merchandise.
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Fuel up
If you both become hungry or thirsty, you might want to stop and have a bite to eat at one of the many food vendors. Just be sure to ask if your dog is welcome. Some will allow a well-behaved dog to lay or sit next to your table while you dine. Throughout the whole excursion, be aware of other shoppers and your pet's signals which may indicate that they need a bathroom break or have had enough shopping for the day.
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Island Exploration

You and your pooch can catch the ferry from New London to the island. The ferry welcomes canines that are well-behaved and on a leash. There is no extra charge for your dog. Once you disembark on the island you can walk to the small village. South Beach near the Elizabeth Airfield is also dog-friendly. Dogs are allowed to run and play across the rocky beach. After spending time on the beach, you can head over to Toppers' Ice Cream shop to enjoy a tasty ice cream while your dog eats one of their famous dog bowl ice creams. Dogs are also welcome at the Fishers Island Yacht Club. Most people head to the island in the spring or fall months. The shops on the island close up every day from 1 to 3 pm for a 'siesta'.  

Waterfall Exploration

Even if it is a cold day, you can still head out to explore some fantastic waterfalls in Connecticut with Fido. Southford Falls is a family friendly park that welcomes well-behaved dogs on a leash. There are a few trails that meander through the woods, picnic areas, a covered bridge and the lovely falls. The Kettletown State Park spans 605 acres. Your pet can enjoy the trails with you, but dogs are not allowed in the campground or on the beach. However, it is a lovely place to enjoy the sound of the rushing water and the beauty of the forest.

Conclusion

Connecticut is a lovely state no matter what the season. It is also very dog-friendly. Undoubtedly, you and your beloved four-legged companion will find neat adventures to share. Many of the beaches in the state, such as Compo Beach, only allow dogs during the cold winter months. From October to March, dogs are allowed off-leash on Compo beach, but the rest of the year there is a strict ban. Jennings Dog Beach is another beach that only allows dogs during the cold winter months. Dogs are allowed off the lead, but they are not permitted on the boardwalks or in the pavilions.