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For Day 4 of our Ready for Summer Series let us reintroduce you to some of the beautiful walking trails that we have discovered over the course of our travels here at OAAM. Whether you’re looking for a good work-out or just a reason to get out, our state has some beautiful trails that make it easy to enjoy the outdoors with your little one.
The Dinosaur State Park Nature Trails feel like a real hike in the woods, but they’re kid-friendly enough for little ones. The Red Trail is even stroller-friendly. Plus, after your walk, you and the kiddos can check out the Exhibit Center and see hundreds of real dinosaur tracks. (Rocky Hill, CT)
The Elizabeth Park Trails are a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Winding around and through beautiful Elizabeth Park, you’ll pass a historic rose garden, a duck pond, open green spaces, and even a playground. Bring the kids in a stroller and enjoy either a casual stroll or a more rigorous walk or run. (Hartford, CT)
The Glastonbury Multi-Use Trail is a scenic, short (1 mile), and fully paved trail that’s perfect for pushing a stroller. There’s plenty of parking, and even some picnic tables where you can enjoy a post-stroll snack. (Glastonbury, CT)
The Nevers Park Walking Trails are a series of intersecting loops of varying lengths that wind through trees and circle around the park’s vast green spaces (and even the amazing Boundless Playground). Fun (if not fully functional) “exercise stations” make great entertainment for active wee ones. (South Windsor, CT)
The West Hartford Reservoir Trails are great for serious walkers or runners, with the main, paved trail measuring over 3 miles. It’s one of the most beautiful and scenic trails we’ve documented and one of my favorite West Hartford destinations. (West Hartford, CT)
The Westmoor Park Trails may not be the most rigorous, but they’re perfect for a scenic stroll. The main loop is stroller-friendly (though I would recommend a jogging stroller) and the length is perfect for toddlers that want to walk (~1 mile). Combine your trail adventure with a stop at the animal barns on the same property for a fun and free outing. (West Hartford, CT)
The Wickham Park Fitness Trails offer a chance to explore the beautiful grounds of Wickham Park and burn a few calories in the process. Don’t bring your stroller for this outing, but do bring a carrier for any non-walkers in you crew. The trails have some steep hills and the footing is a bit bumpy, so be prepared for a workout. After the trails, plan time to enjoy some of the other activities at the park. The playgrounds, aviary, nature center, and sensory garden would be a wonderful addition to any trip. (Manchester, CT)
The Wintergreen Woods Bike Path and Trails offer two options for a little exercise. Take your stroller on the bike path or let your little one walk on the standard trail. Either way, just make sure you check out Shawna’s post before you go as getting there can be a bit tricky! (Wethersfield, CT)
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