They’re the big questions on everyone’s mind: What is open now, what will be opening soon, and when can we get out of our house??
School is officially out for summer next week for most, if not all, of us. Summer is officially here. And while many of us are cautiously ready to leave the house, we don’t know where we can go.
Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 659. It’s all super confusing. What is currently open.. What is going to open… What may not reopen at all this summer…
So to help you out, I’ve reviewed what has been released by Connecticut (and neighboring states) so far; as well as scoured all the websites and social media pages for popular family destinations in Connecticut and neighboring states. I’ve broken it down by category and tried the explain a few of the re-opening rules. I’ve also listed what is open, what has an reopening date and what is still closed. This is not an all-inclusive list (can you imagine how long that would be?) but instead a list of some of the most popular places in the area.
No matter where you head this summer, you will find social distancing guidelines in place. It is super important that you review these guidelines on each venues website and/or Facebook page for full clarification. They will explain capacity, mask rules, admission procedures and everything else you will need to know before you enter a place.
As more things open, I will try to update this page. If you find out that something is open, please let us know in the comments below, by email or on our Facebook page!
Be safe everyone!
All Inclusive Parks
Most outdoor parks have remained open. Hiking trails and open spaces are available for use. Some places still have playgrounds closed (those with confirmed closed playgrounds are listed below; but it is safe to assume that as of June 12, most playgrounds are still off limits). Group sizes are limited and face masks are required at many of these parks. Please refer to the park’s website for specific details regarding social distancing.
- Salmon Brook Park in Granby– Currently Open (Pond, Playground and Basketball Courts currently closed)
- Wickham Park in Manchester – Currently Open (nature center and playgrounds closed, reduced admission fee)
- Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury – Currently Open for hiking and trails. Swimming is not open.
- Westmoor Park in West Hartford– Currently Open (barnyard is closed)
- Northwest Park & Nature Center in Windsor – Currently Open (playground closed)
- Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts – Currently Open (splash pad and playground are open) (attractions currently closed)
- Forest Park in Springfield, Massachusetts – Currently Open (zoo is open)
Under Phase 2, most amusement parks in Connecticut can open as early as June 17. Specific opening dates are indicated below. In Massachusetts, it does not appear that amusement parks will be opening for the summer.
- Lake Compounce – Currently Open at limited capacity – Reservations will be required. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
- Quassy Amusement Park – Currently Open at limited capacity. Social distancing guidelines must be followed.
- Legoland Boston– No Opening Date Set Yet
- Edaville Railroad and Thomasland– No Opening Date Set Yet (will be closed all summer)
- Six Flags New England – No Opening Date Set Yet
Under Phase 2, most aquariums in Connecticut can open as early as June 17. Specific opening dates are indicated below, if they have been announced.
- Mystic Aquarium – All Exhibits Currently Open. Reservations required. Social distancing guidelines to be followed.
- Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk– Currently open with social distancing guidelines in place. Reservations required.
- New England Aquarium in Boston– Currently open with social distancing guidelines in place. Reservations required.
Many arcades continue to remain closed at this time. Reopening dates will be determined at a later date (most likely under Phase 3).
- Dave & Busters in Manchester – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Cyber Quest Arcade at Mohegan Sun – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Game Zone at Sports Center in Shelton– Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
Arts & Crafts
Many arts and crafts classes have been allowed to resume operation; while some remain closed.
- Michaels Kids Craft Classes – Temporarily Suspended- Recorded and live online classes available now.
- Home Depot Workshops– Temporarily Suspended
- Kil’n It Pottery Studio in Enfield – Indoor and Outdoor patio classes available. Register online or in store. At home kits also available. Social Distance rules must be followed.
- Pottery Piazza in Plainville– Classes offered in studio with 50% capacity. Social Distance rules must be followed.
Beaches, Lakes and Rivers
Beaches are open at this time. Some beaches and waterfront destinations are closed to non-residents. We have not included those beaches on this list. As of this date, no swimming is open at lakes and ponds in Connecticut State Parks.
- Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison – Currently Open. Social Distancing Rules must be followed.
- Ocean Beach Park in New London-Currently Open with reduced footprint. Social Distancing Rules must be followed.
- Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme – Currently Open. Social Distancing Rules must be followed.
- Silver Sands State Park in Milford – Currently Open. Parts of boardwalk are closed. Social Distancing Rules must be followed.
- Sandy Beach at Crystal Lake in Ellington– RESIDENTS ONLY THIS SUMMER.
While most bookstores have reopened, storytimes are still on hold. You can find many storytimes online, on social media and YouTube.
- The Storytellers Cottage in Simsbury– Closed until August 1, 2020. Online activities are available online and by mail.
- The Story Barn in Somers – STILL CLOSED. Story times are offered online.
- Barnes & Noble – Bookstores are open. Storytimes are still temporarily suspended.
- Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore in Middletown – Bookstore is now open. Events are temporarily suspended.
Under Phase 2, Bowling Alleys can reopen as early as June 17.
- Spare Time in Bristol – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Lessard Lanes in Plainville – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Revolutions Bowling & Lounge in South Windsor – STILL CLOSED
- Spare Time in Vernon – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Spare Time in Windsor Locks -Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
Under Phase 2, children’s museum can open as early as June 17 at 50% capacity.
- Connecticut Science Center– Currently Open with social distance rules in place. Reserve your visit online.
- The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport – STILL CLOSED
- Imagine Nation in Bristol– STILL CLOSED.
- Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester – STILL CLOSED
- KidCity in Middletown – STILL CLOSED
- New Britain Youth Museum – STILL CLOSED
- The Connecticut Children’s Museum of New Haven – STILL CLOSED
- EverWonder Children’s Museum in Newtown – STILL CLOSED
- Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in Niantic – Opening on July 14, 2020 for members and July 21, 2020 to the public.
- Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk – STILL CLOSED
- KidsPlay in Torrington – STILL CLOSED
- The Children’s Museum of West Hartford –Currently Open with social distance rules in place. Reserve your visit online.
- Boston Children’s Museum– Opening Soon!
- Holyoke Children’s Museum in Holyoke, Massachusetts– STILL CLOSED
- Amelia Park Children’s Museum in Westfield, Massachusetts – STILL CLOSED
Farms (Pick Your Own)
Many farms are open for pick-your-own strawberries as of June 10, 2020. Follow our page for updates on blueberry pick-your-own.
Farmers’ Market openings vary by location. Some are open for in-person shopping; others are offering online pre-ordering for quick and easy pickup from vendors, and even vehicle pickup.
Gymnastic training centers will be opened with Phase 2 as early as June 17 at a limited capacity.
- Airtime Gymnastics in Enfield – Currently open for classes with social distance rules in place. Summer camp is running with limited spaces available.
- My Gym Enfield – Currently Open for small, in-gym mini classes, semi-private play parties, private play parties and small, in-gym summer fun day drop offs. Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
- Playstrong Studio in Simsbury – Currently Open for small classes and camp sessions.
- Suffield Gymnastics – Currently Open with social distance rules in place. No summer camps or playgroup at this time.
Indoor Activity Centers
Under Phase 2, indoor recreation and sports/fitness facilities can open at 50% capacity on June 17. It is unclear if indoor children’s activity centers are included in this category. At this time most indoor activity centers in Connecticut remain closed with no opening date in site. In Massachusetts, indoor activity centers remain closed.
- Romp N Roll in Wethersfield – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Whippersnappers in Cheshire – STILL CLOSED
- Monkey Joes in Hamden– STILL CLOSED
- Launch Trampoline Park in Hartford – STILL CLOSED
- Flight Fit N’ Fun in Manchester– Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Urban Air in Manchester – STILL CLOSED
- Discovery Depot at Natures Art in Montville-Opening Soon!
- Flight Fit N’ Fun in New Britain– Permanently Closed!
- It Adventure Ropes Course in New Haven – Currently Open at 25% capacity with social distancing guidelines in place.
- Timber Gyms in Newington – Open Play is STILL CLOSED
- Pump It Up in Rocky Hill -STILL CLOSED
- Jumpin Joeys in South Windsor – STILL CLOSED
- Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Wallingford – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- KidZone in Vernon – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Billy Beez in Holyoke, Massachusetts– Opening Soon!
- Bounce in Springfield, Massachusetts– STILL CLOSED
Under Phase 2, libraries can open at 50% capacity as of June 17. Visit your local library’s website or Facebook page for details regarding their opening.
Most mini-golf places are currently open at this time with social distance precautions in place.
- Safari Golf in Berlin – Currently Open with social distancing precautions in place
- Matterhorn Mini Golf in Canton – Currently Open with social distancing precautions in place
- Farmington Mini Golf and Ice Cream – Currently Open with social distancing precautions in place
- Fairways Mini Golf in South Windsor– Currently Open with social distancing precautions in place
Movie Theaters and Drive-Ins
Movie Theaters will be able to open under Phase 2 at 50% capacity on June 17. Drive-in Theaters are currently open but do sell out quickly.
- Drive-In at Foxwoods – Currently Open Thursday-Sunday. Tickets sold online and at gate, when available.
- Pleasant Valley Drive-In in Barkhamstead – Currently Open. Arrive Early as they can sell out.
- Parkade Cinemas in Manchester– Currently Open for Inside Auditorium Showings with social distance guidelines in place. Drive-In is also up and running. Check their Facebook page for a calendar of movies each week.
- Mansfield Drive-In– Currently Open. Online Tickets Only.
- Southington Drive-In – CLOSED for 2020.
Under Phase 2, museums can reopen in Connecticut at 50% capacity on June 17.
- Old New-Gate Prison in East Granby – STILL CLOSED. Grounds/trails are open.
- Connecticut River Museum in Essex– Currently Open with social distancing guidelines in place.
- CT Historical Museum in Hartford – Closed through August 18.
- Mark Twain House in Hartford – Currently Open with social distancing guidelines in place.
- Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford – STILL CLOSED
- Mystic Seaport – Outdoor Exhibits are Currently Open with social distancing guidelines in place (indoor exhibits remain closed). Visitors encouraged to buy tickets online.
- New Britain Museum of American Art – Currently open with social distance rules in place. Reservations required.
- Pez Visitor Center in Orange – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill– Trails and Grounds are currently open. Exhibit Center is closed at this time.
- New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks– Indoor and Outdoor exhibits are currently open with social distancing guidelines in place.
- Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts – Reopening to the public on August 1, 2020.
- Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts – Currently open with social distance rules in place. Reservations required.
Since Nature Centers are outdoors, they may or may not be open yet. For those open, they are following strict social distance guidelines. Those not yet open are aiming for the Phase 2 opening date or soon thereafter.
- Stamford Museum and Nature Center – Currently open- preregistration is not required at this time. Attendance is limited. Social distance guidelines in place.
- Roaring Brook Nature Center – Currently open with social distance rules in place. Reserve your tickets online.
Outdoor Activity Centers
Most outdoor activity centers have reopened at this time. There are many social distance guidelines in place and reduced park capacity. For those with indoor activities, many will open on June 17 with Phase 2, but some still have not announced their indoor activity opening dates yet.
- Sonny’s Place in Somers– All outdoor activities (except Playland) are open. Social Distancing guidelines in place.
- Nomads Entertainment in South Windsor– STILL CLOSED
- Dinosaur Place at Natures Art Village in Montville – Dinosaur Trail, Splash Pad, Copper Creek Mini Golf, The Shops and Past Antiques are currently open with social guidelines in place.
- Sportscenter of Connecticut in Shelton – Golf Range, Mini-Golf, Target Paintball and Batting Cages are open with social distancing regulations in place.
- R&B Sports World in Winsted– Batting Cages and MiniGolf currently open with social distancing regulations in place.
Many playgrounds have started to reopen in July at the discretion of each town. You may want to call your town to confirm before heading out. For a list of playgrounds in the area, check out our playground guide.
Under Phase 1, outdoor farms and activities have been open.
- Flamig Farm in Simsbury – Currently Open with social distancing guidelines in place.
Roller Skating Rinks
Roller skating rinks still remain closed at this time. It is unclear if they will be reopened with Phase 2.
- Middletown Roller Skating Rink– STILL CLOSED
- Ron A Roll in Vernon – Currently Open with social distance rules in place.
- Interskate 91 in Wilbraham, Massachusetts – STILL CLOSED
Sadly, the Hartford Yard Goats will not be playing the 2020 season.
The New Britain Bees will be back for baseball on July 2 with 25% limited capacity. Tickets are on sale now.
State Parks & Campgrounds
Trails and grounds of Connecticut State Parks and Forests are currently open. Plan ahead as many indoor facilities and amenities remain closed (i.e. bathrooms). Please follow social distancing guidelines at all CT state parks. Campgrounds will open on beginning on July 1 to campers who have RV’s with water systems and a functioning bathroom. Many private campgrounds are welcoming RVers and a limited number of tent campers. Most amenities are limited at these campgrounds.
For the most part, spray parks are remaining closed for the summer. You can find an updated list of splash pads in the area, along with their current reopening status, in our 2020 guide.
Camps are currently up and running. However, things are different. Many have limited capacity and spots are already full. Some town camps have outright cancelled, but you can still find camps open in the area. Expect small groups, health screenings at check in, masks requirements for the counselors and changes to the activities (no field trips, etc.).
Swimming pools were able to reopen with Phase 2 on June 17. For those that did open (or will be opening), they will be operating at half capacity, limiting to members or town residents only, or requiring a reservation for specific times in the water. Social distance guidelines will be followed but masks will not be required in the water. It is best to check with your town before heading to the pool. For a list of swimming pools in the area, along with their current reopening status, check out our 2020 guide.
Live Theater remains closed at this time and was not included in Phase 2.
- The Bushnell – STILL CLOSED
- Hartford Stage– STILL CLOSED
- Schubert Theater in New Haven– STILL CLOSED
- Newington Children’s Theater– STILL CLOSED
- Ballard Institute and Museum in Storrs– STILL CLOSED
- Warner Theater in Torrington – STILL CLOSED
- Palace Theater in Waterbury – STILL CLOSED
- Playhouse on Park in West Hartford – STILL CLOSED
Most retail stores were reopened under Phase 1 with social distance guidelines in place.
- The Time Machine in Manchester – Currently Open for in-store shopping and curbside pickup.
- Necker’s Toyland in Simsbury – Currently Open.
- Build a Bear in Manchester and West Hartford– Currently Open.
Trains & Trolleys
Under Phase 2, museums are able to reopen at reduced capacity. At this time, only one museum in this category has a reopening date. The rest are to be determined.
- Essex Steam Train– Currently Open. Train and Boat Rides can be booked at this time.
- Connecticut Trolley Museum in East Windsor– Currently Open on weekends (Thursday-Sunday) with social distancing guidelines in place. Special member hours are offered.
- Shoreline Trolley Museum in East Haven– STILL CLOSED
- Railroad Museum of New England– STILL CLOSED
Most zoos opened with Phase 1. New York zoos remain closed at this time. Connecticut and Massachusetts zoos are opened with reduced capacity, online ticket sales only and social distance guidelines (including masks) in place.
- Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport – Currently Open at reduced capacity. Tickets must be purchased online.
- Action Wildlife in Goshen– Currently Open for drive-through zoo only (museum remains closed).
- Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Massachusetts – Currently Open with social distancing regulations. Tickets sold at zoo.
- Animal Adventures in Bolton, Massachusetts– Currently Open. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Franklin Park Zoo in Boston – Currently Open. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Southwick Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts– Currently Open. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Buttonwood Park Zoo in New Bedford, Massachusetts– Currently Open. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Forest Park Zoo in Springfield, Massachusetts – Currently Open. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Roger William Zoo in Rhode Island – Currently Open. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
- Bronx Zoo– Opening to the Public on July 24, 2020.
- Central Park Zoo– Opening to the Public on July 24, 2020.
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