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West Rock Ridge State Park 1134 Wintergreen Ave. New Haven. On the edge of New Haven extending north into Hamden and Bethany is the 1700-acre West Rock Ridge State Park which features 23 miles of trails for hiking and dog walking including the Blue-Blazed Regicides Trail. 203-278-5658 Wharton Brook State Park South Colony St. Rte. 5 Wallingford. In 1918-1920 this Park was known as a travelers wayside motorists could stop to have their cars serviced and enjoy a quiet picnic lunch. The park was the forerunner of the rest areas developed by the State Department of Transportation. Today 96 wooded acres and sandy knolls offer a prime spot for picnicking swimming hiking shing ice skating. Restrooms and food concessions. Weekends and holiday parking fees 9 CT vehicles 5 after 4 p.m.15 out-of-state vehicles 6 after 4 p.m. weekdays free. 203-269-5308 ct.govdeep Wooster Square Bordered by Wooster Pl. Chapel Academy and Greene Sts. New Haven. Named for Revolutionary War hero David Wooster the square was conceived in the early 1800s and has been refurbished to simulate a turn-of-the-century park. The square is surrounded by a border of Yoshino cherry trees whose blooming is celebrated every spring with the Cherry Blossom Festival. 203-777- 1371 RECREATION BOATING EXCURSION Branford River Paddles Sports 50 Maple St. Branford. A paddlesports destination offering rentals camps instruction and tours. 315-402-8606 Essex Steam Train Riverboat One Railroad Ave. Essex. Essex Steam Train Riverboats 2-hour journey begins at the historic 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile narrated round-trip into the heart of the unspoiled Connecticut River Valley-designated one of the last great places on earth by the Nature Conservancy. 860-767-0103 Guilford Boat Yards 230 Water St. Guilford. Boat rentals see website for schedule and fees. 203-453- 5031 Islander Sport Fishing Charter 71 Pond Meadow Rd. Killingworth. 860-663-3844 islandersportshing Joyride Charters 333 Boston Post Rd. Westbrook. Sailing charters along the beautiful shoreline of Westbrook. Day sunset romantic friends and family gatherings. 203-530-5037 RiverQuest-Connecticut River Expeditions 1 Marine Park Haddam. Located across the river from the Goodspeed Opera House its an easy 45 minute drive to the Connecticut River to experience One of the Last Great Places. RiverQuest cruises are relaxing comfortable informative and affordable. Bring your picnic basket on a day or sunset cruise. Winter Wonderland Eagle Cruises are offered seasonally. 860-662-0577 AD Scoot Paddle 28 Naugatuck Ave. Milford. Kayak stand-up paddleboard and motorized scooter rentals. Lessons and group tours available. Fees vary. Monday-Wednesday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday Friday 9 a.m.-7p.m. Saturday Sunday 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. 203-713-8282 Thimble Islands Cruises Stony Creek DockBranford. Take a ride back in time to hear all the old stories of the colorful Thimble Islands. Sea Mist A 45-minute narrated tour around the picturesque Thimble Islands aboard the Sea Mist. Captain Mike entertains with interesting facts as well as stories past and present. Private charters available. Depart quarter past the hour. Season May through October closed Tuesdays. 12 adults 10 seniors 6 children 12 and under. 203-488- 8905 Volsunga IV Board the Volsunga IV with Captain Bob Milne and take a memorable 45 minute ride through the picturesque Thimble Islands. The town dock is located in the quaint village of Stony Creek. Private charters available. Groups welcome with advance reservations. Season May through Mid- October closed Monday afternoons. See website for schedule. 12 adults 10 seniors 7 children 12 and under. 203-481-3345 RECREATION CAMPING CAMPGROUND Riverdale Farm Campsite I-95 exit 62 111 River Rd. Clinton. 3 miles from the beach. 250 sites April 15-November 1 hot showers water electric and sewer hookups store recreation hall swimming shing planned activities laundry cabin rentals RV rentals tenting pets on leash tennis cable hookup. Daily rates 40-45 per night. Reservations 860-669- 5388 William F. Miller Campground at Hammonasset Beach State Park 1288 Boston Post Rd. Madison. 554 open and partially shaded campsites. Two cabins LEISURE Walk with Exotic Butterflies On exhibit May 28 Labor Day Getting close to our animals brings you and yours closer together. 1 in New England. A Top 25 U.S. Aquarium.