Offering beautiful beaches and family-friendly attractions of all sorts, Coastal Connecticut is the ideal spot for a family getaway. It can be tricky to find activities that appeal to both kids and their parents – luckily, there are more than a few great options in and around Old Saybrook.
Mini golf is one of those rare activities that is just as fun at sixty as it is at six. Mini-Golf at Saybrook Point offers a fun course with beautiful views of the water, a snack bar to keep the kiddos fueled up and happy, and will barely put a dent in your pocketbook.
Built in 1925, this carousel is a fully-functioning, real American relic. If the carousel alone isn’t enough to tempt you, it’s worth noting that it is right on the beach, parked next door to the famous JJ Lawsen’s Ice Cream Company. Enjoy some old fashioned fun on the carousel, open from 7-9, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Looking for things to do with your kids that you can enjoy too? It’s time for a trip to Hall’s Arrow Indoor Archery Range! Whether you’re looking to schedule a family lesson, or simply want to spend a couple of hours refining your technique at the indoor range (with automatic target returns), Hall’s Arrow is the place for everyone from seasoned archers to novices.
This unique museum features antique toys, dating all the way back to 1873 and offers guided tours for guests! Let these awesome artifacts sweep you back in time, and give your kids a taste of what toys were like back in your day (batteries not included).
Hit Up a Children’s Museum
Children’s museums definitely top the charts when it comes to fun things to do with kids! If you’re looking for great way to foster your children’s sense of wonder and love of learning, make a stop at one of three children’s museums in the Old Saybrook area! The Connecticut Children’s Museum offers eight different rooms, each inspired by a different field of learning, and enriched by accompanying books. If culture and arts is your niche, the New Britain Youth Museum is the spot to be; they offer engaging programs and exhibits for children of all ages. For those hands-on learners, there’s the Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut offers three key exhibits, all encouraging play and discovery –– for children and parents alike!
The tricky thing about family vacations is finding activities that offer something for everyone, parents included! Mystic Seaport is the perfect solution. The seaport offers tons of great things to do with kids that are just as engaging for the adults! Check out the beautiful restored vessels at the marina (or better yet, book a boat charter for the whole crew), explore the Seaport Village, hit up the Planetarium, or just wander around and soak up the history!
Have you always wanted to go gemstone hunting, but have been turned off by the muddy treks and wild exploring it might entail? We have the answer you’ve been looking for! Head over to Lucky 33, purchase a pail of enriched mine dirt, use the tools provided by the center, and keep all the gemstones you find. A day at Lucky 33 is more than just a great thing to do with the kids: Lucky 33 will cut and polish your finds for you, and even turn them into wild, rough-cut jewelry – well, that takes care of this year’s anniversary gift!
Head to BF Clyde’s for all things apple and pumpkin! The only steam-powered cider mill in the US, BF Clyde’s offers hard cider and apple wines in addition to their famous sweet cider. Find an array of baked goods and other treats at the store and stop by with the kids for a demonstration at this historic mill.
When it comes to things to do with the kids, it’s pretty hard to beat a day at the beach. Grab your beach bag, umbrella, and a stack of napkins (Hog Wild serves up great food for beachgoers, including their mouthwatering pulled pork sandwiches), and hit the sand for the day!
Whatever your family’s favorite pastimes may be, Old Saybrook and greater coastal Connecticut is the place to be. There are so many fun and exciting things to do with the kids, you might just have to extend your vacation!