Activities For Dogs In Connecticut On Nice Days

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Introduction

Weather in Connecticut can get rather chilly and can also be hot and humid in the summer. The state does get its share of nice days and when those come along, it is likely that you and your canine companion want to take full advantage of them. Fortunately, on a pleasant day in Connecticut there are plenty of things that you and your pup can do together, at a variety of activity and ability levels, where you can enjoy the outdoors as well as one another's company. When the sun is shining and their temperature feels just right, grab your pooch and head out for some fun!

Cascades at Lake Mohegan

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Sunny Day
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Easy
1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Activity description
Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, the Cascades at Lake Mohegan is a recreation area in Fairfield, Connecticut that welcomes canine visitors. Featuring trails that surround a lake as well as a waterfall and creek (known as the cascades), the land was donated by the G.E. Corporation and includes over 170 acres. There is a large, sandy beach where you and your pup can relax and play, and as you and your pup get hot, the lake and creek are available for an easy way to cool off. With plenty of options to keep busy, the Cascades at Lake Mohegan is a great place to keep you and your pup engaged.
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Plan the excursion
Located in the southern part of Connecticut, a visit to the Cascades at Lake Mohegan.may or may not require that you plan ahead, depending on where you are coming from. If the recreation area is more than an hour or two away, you may want to plan to visit on a day when you have the time to make the drive and be able to stay for awhile and explore.
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Pack for play
You and your pup will find plenty to do during your visit and therefore you will want to be prepared. Make sure to bring plenty of water as well as a water bowl so that you can be sure your pup remains hydrated. You will also want to pack some treats, your pup's leash, and some waste bags. While you are getting your things together, consider bringing yourself some food - this is a great place to enjoy a picnic!
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Have fun!
Upon arriving at the Cascades At Lake Mohegan, you and your canine pal can get started exploring. You and your pup can enjoy a hike together, cool off in the lake or creek, or enjoy a game of fetch. However you and your dog decide to spend your time, it is likely that your pup will appreciate the chance to take in new sights and smells while enjoying the pleasant weather.
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Mystic Seaport

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Sunny Day
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7 hrs
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Waste Bags
Water and Bowl
Activity description
On a gorgeous day in Connecticut, you and your pup can spend quality time together exploring Mystic Seaport, which is located in Mystic, Connecticut and can be visited by car, train or boat. While dogs are not allowed in any of the buildings or museum vessels, there is still plenty that you and your canine companion can do. You can explore the museum's shipyard, scout the re-creation of a nineteenth-century village, visit the gardens, or take a walk along the river. Dogs are required to be on a leash when visiting the museum.
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Plan your visit
Mystic Seaport is located in the southern part of Connecticut; the amount of planning involved in a trip there with your pup will depend upon where you are in Connecticut. As you will find plenty to see and do while visiting, you will want to plan to arrive with enough time for you and your pup to explore. This may require that you leave early in the morning, or come into the area the night prior to your visit.
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Pack the essentials
Before you head to Mystic Seaport, you will want to make sure you have the things that you and your pup will need for the trip. Make sure to bring your dog's leash, as pets are required to be on leash when visiting. It is likely that you will do a lot of walking when visiting Mystic Seaport, which means your pup may get thirsty. Bring along some water and a water dish so that your pup can remain hydrated. Waste bags are also necessary. Leave this beautiful site in pristine condition when you leave for home.
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Enjoy the exploration
Once you arrive at Mystic Seaport, you and your pup can begin to explore and have fun. Checking out the area will be particularly pleasant when the weather is nice and your dog will enjoy the scenery and the smells. Take a look at what things are available for you and your companion to do and choose where you would like to spend time. You and your pup will enjoy your time together while getting to see some really cool sights.
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State Park Tour

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Sunny Day
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1 - 2 hrs
Items needed
Leash
Water and Bowl
Waste Bags
Activity description
Connecticut has many beautiful state parks located throughout the state. When the weather is nice in Connecticut, why not check out one (or more) of these parks while spending time with your canine companion. State parks include Kettletown State Park, located in Southbury, Bluff Point State Park in Groton, Collis P. Huntington State Park, located in Redding, Sunny Brook State Park in Torrington, Bennett's Pond State Park in Ridgefield, Lovers Leap State Park in New Milford, and Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth. After learning what you can about each park, go ahead and choose to visit the one that is most appealing to you.
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Choose the perfect park
With plenty of state parks to choose from, the first thing you will need to do is decide which park you will want to visit. While some of the state parks will have similar offerings, you will find differences as well. Research the state parks in Connecticut to see which parks best meet what you are seeking and are in a location that works well for you and your pup. If you feel overwhelmed by the choices, keep in mind that there will be many nice days to take advantage of, offering you the chance to visit the parks on more than one occasion.
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Gather your gear
What you will want to bring with you will depend on the park that you are visiting and what you plan to do there. A leash, water, bowl and waste bags will be necessary regardless of the park that you choose. If you plan to hike, make sure you wear appropriate shoes. If swimming is on the agenda, a bathing suit and towel will be important to bring along. A Frisbee or ball will be helpful so that you can engage your pup in a game of fetch. Of course, if you are planning to spend the day, pack a lunch so that you can fuel up for some fun...and bring some treats for your pup as well!
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Have a blast
Once you arrive at the state park that you have chosen, it is time for you and your pooch to have some fun. Together, you can explore all that the park has to offer and engage in activities that the two of you enjoy. Make sure that you regularly offer you pup water so that you can ensure that they remain hydrated despite all of the activity that you are engaging in. Relax and enjoy the nice weather, being certain to leave the park clean and free of garbage!
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Take A Ferry to Visit Fishers Island

You and your pup can take a ferry from New London and enjoy the ride to Fishers Island together. Your dog will be welcomed aboard as long as you have a leash, with no additional fee. Upon arriving at the island, you and your pup can take a short walk to the small village there, or head to South Beach, which is dog-friendly. Although the beach is a bit rocky, dogs are welcome to go off leash. While there, you and your pup can spot birds or shop at the village green. You and your pup can even visit Fishers Island Yacht Club.

Promenade Shops At Evergreen Walk

The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk, located in Windsor, Connecticut, is a shopping area that offers numerous stores to visit. Fortunately for you and your pup, many of them welcome canine customers. On a nice day in Connecticut, you and your pal can enjoy a walk among the shops and even go inside together. Shops include Anthropologie, Brookstone, Eddie Bauer, Gap, J. Jill, Banana Republic, Pottery Barn and Papyrus. At the Promenade Shops, you can make your purchases without worrying about leaving your dog at home or in the car. And it may turn out that your dog is the perfect shopping companion. 

Visit Jennings Dog Beach

Located in Fairfield, Connecticut, Jennings Dog Beach allows dogs on the sand of the beach from October 1st to March 31st. When the weather is nice, take the opportunity to walk on the beach with your pup, who may be tempted to check out the water. You can bring a Frisbee or ball and engage your pup in a game of fetch, or relax in the sand together with a good book. Make sure to stay on the beach; dogs are not able to join you on the boardwalk or playground.

Conclusion

When the weather is nice in Connecticut, it is likely that both you and your pup are looking forward to some outside time. Fortunately, the state offers a myriad of outdoor opportunities for you and your pup to spend time together, regardless of your (and your pup's) interests, energy and activity level. Whether you and your canine companion want to relax on the beach or near a creek, or seek to expend some energy by walking, hiking or swimming, enjoyment of nice weather is at your finger (and paw) tips!