State Parks Centennial
1:29 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Gov. Malloy Announces Free State Parks Weekend in Connecticut

Gov. Dannel Malloy and officials announced a free state park weekend during a news conference at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden.
Gov. Dannel Malloy and officials announced a free state park weekend during a news conference at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden.
Credit Office of Gov. Malloy

Have you been to a state park lately? On July 26 and 27, you'll be able to visit any state park in Connecticut for free.

The offer to residents is part of an ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial. It waives all parking and museum fees for Connecticut's state system, which includes 107 parks.

"With this added incentive," Malloy said on Wednesday, "we expect many new patrons to visit a park and experience first-hand the beauty and outdoor recreation opportunities they offer so close to home."

The state is encouraging residents to take a look at its Free State Parks Weekend website for a top ten list of sites for boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, and picnicking.

Robert Klee, Commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, advised finding a way to avoid the crowds. "We recommend taking the 'road less traveled,'" he said, "by visiting a park a little off the beaten path."

That might include Black Rock State Park in Watertown, or Fort Griswold Battlefield State Park in Groton. Take a look at other parks the state suggests you may want to visit.