In honor of today’s travel tuesday, I’m going to be talking about some of my favorite places in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Yay!
As a current broke college student, who used to be a broke high school student, most of these things will be on the cheaper side, if not free because that’s the best kind of thing to do right?!
Elephant’s Trunk Flea Market: New Milford, CT
I’ve only been here a couple times, but it’s super cool. It’s a giant flea market that takes place every Sunday from April to November (weather permitting). There’s a $2 gate fee (cash only), and it’s really cool to just wander around the area. The area is huge (55 acres), and has multiple vendors and food trucks. I’ve never bought anything from here, but you don’t have to! It’s a really cool place to just wander around and look at all the cool things people have. There’s everything from cute dresses to garden statues and everything in between. It’s open from 7:00am to 2:00pm and is a really fun way to kill time by wandering around, looking at all the cool stuff people have to offer. The food trucks always make it smell super good, and you could spend hours looking at all the tables.
Kids Kingdom: Brookfield, CT
I’ve been going to Kids Kingdom my whole life. It’s a public park in Brookfield, CT. It recently underwent a big renovation that, in my opinion, made it a lot cooler and I’m super jealous of the kids who get this cool new playground. This doesn’t stop me from going there anyway. Over the summer, a group of friends and I bought a bunch of snacks and went to the park at night to watch the full moon. There’s picnic tables and pavilions around the park to sit at and eat, or just get out of the sun. During the summer, the town often hosts free events like concerts at this park. It’s really a place for people of all ages to go and hang out in the community.
Puppies and Kittens (American Breeders): Danbury, CT
To me, this place is happiness. I mean, it’s free and you get to go in and play with puppies and kittens. What’s not to like? The place wants you to socialize their animals, so they welcome the public into the store to play with their animals to get them used to people. It’s a magical place. Whenever my friends and I can’t think of something to do, we’ll go there. Anytime you need puppy cuddles this is the place to go. As someone who grew up pet deprived, this is a dream come true. Of course, you can adopt animals from here too, but it’s also a great place to go to just cuddle with some animals and lift your mood. Check it out, it’s a pretty cool place.
Connecticut has a LOT of different beaches you can go to. Some are on lakes, some on the coast. Some you need passes to get to, others you just need to pay for parking. One of my favorite beaches is Jennings Beach in Fairfield, CT. It’s on the Long Island Sound, and is a long stretch of beach. Parking is about $20-50, depending on if it’s a weekday or weekend. While that might seem expensive, if you get a big enough group of people (I usually go with 5 or 6 friends) and carpool if everyone chips in, it’s only about $5 or $10. My friends and I planned to go to this beach the day after our senior prom (and at this point it would have been completely free because between Labor Day and Memorial Day, parking is free), but sadly it was pouring rain for both prom and the day after prom. The beach runs lots of different programs throughout the summer (like a bonfire and fireworks), so check out their website to see what’s happening soon! You can also look up all the other beaches in CT and you’ll find a lot! I try to go at least once a summer.