ncli: Featured Activities

Featured Summer Activities
With the warm summer weather upon us you might be planning to take a vacation.  If you're short on time, why not take an afternoon off and plan a picnic at a park near you? A picnic basket with some of your favorite foods, a blanket, a few friends or family and the great outdoors is all you really need to enjoy a picnic.
A picnic is defined as a pleasure excursion at which a meal is eaten outdoors, ideally taking place in a beautiful landscape such as a park, beside a lake, or with an interesting view.
Many, but not all, of the State Parks include a grill and a picnic table, so be prepared to put your blanket on the ground and spread out all your favorite foods on the blanket.  Prepare (wash your hands), safely pack your food (keep cold foods cold and hot foods hot) and bring a water bottle, especially if biking and hiking.   Try to pack everything in reusable containers so you can carry out what you have carried in.
You may have some special visitors, such as ants.  Remember, before you step on them, ants were around when dinosaurs roamed the earth and they are social creatures that work together and communicate - definitely worth the time to take a moment to observe them.  

Top 11 Places to Go Picnicking:

Bigelow Hollow State Park – Union
Bluff Point State Park – Groton
Chatfield Hollow State Park – Killingworth
Devil’s Hopyard State Park – East Haddam
Gay City State Park – Hebron
Hopeville State Park – Griswold
Housatonic State Park – Sharon
Lake Waramaug State Park – Kent
Pachaug State Forest – Voluntown
Squantz Pond State Park – New Fairfield
Stratton Brook State Park - Simsbury