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Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Robert Klee today announced that as part of the ongoing celebration of the state parks centennial, Saturday and Sunday will be Free State Parks Weekend, and all parking and museum fees will be waived throughout the state park system.
“To encourage everyone to visit a state park in this centennial year, we are waiving fees at our parks this Saturday and Sunday,” Malloy said in a news release. “With this added incentive, 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.”
He added that many state parks have been at or close to capacity on nice weekends this summer.
“I would urge residents to find and explore a park off the beaten path so they can take full advantage of this weekend,” he said.
For information about Free State Parks Weekend, visit www.ct.gov/freestateparksweekend. The website offers a “Top 10” list of the best places for swimming, hiking, boating, fishing and picnicking in state parks. It also offers information about special programs this weekend, including a live reptile show Sunday at Stratton Brook State Park in Simsbury; tours of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, Ft. Trumbull in New London, Heublein Tower at Talcott Mountain State Park in Bloomfield/Simsbury and the mansion at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford; and hands-on nature and crafting programs at the Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton and the Kellogg Environmental Center/Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby.
Klee said those who plan to go to a state park over the weekend can check the Connecticut State Parks Twitter feed — @CTDEPoutdoorrec — for up-to-the-minute information, such as updates on locations where parking lots are filled to capacity, suggestions on parks to visit, and special activities.