Recreation & Activities
In the Litchfield Hills of Northwest Connecticut, visitors are welcome to explore scenic unspoiled beauty in thirty-four State Parks and Forests or on eight recreational lakes including a trio of the state's largest -- Bantam, Waramaug and Candlewood. The mighty Housatonic, Farmington and Naugatuck Rivers wend their way through this diverse landscape of hills and valleys offering a multitude of recreational opportunities such as canoeing, fishing, kayaking and swimming.
The pristine beauty of nature is carefully maintained in sixteen nature preserves that are sure to delight lovers of the great outdoors. You can hike, bike, or x-country ski, on clearly marked trails, that prevent you from ever losing your way. Swimming, camping, hiking, fishing, canoeing, boating and horseback riding are idyllic in mild weather, while there's sleigh rides, skating, snowshoeing, x-country and excellent downhill skiing during the winter months at the state's two largest ski resorts.
Children of all ages enjoy Lake Compounce, America's First Family Theme Park and Quassy Amusement Park, both have attractive lakeside settings, while Lime Rock Park, the "road racing center of the east", offers the unbeatable combination of sports car and stock car racing. Wine buffs enjoy touring award winning French hybrid vineyards; amateur chefs take cooking classes with culinary super stars; fly fishermen experience expertly guided river trips, while animal lovers visit exotic animals up close at Action Wildlife and Southwind Farms. You're never at a loss for something interesting to do in Northwest Connecticut's Litchfield Hills, Housatonic Valley and Waterbury Region.