Freebies at state parks, museums

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(WTNH) — Connecticut has a lot of great state parks and museums to enjoy, and you’ll like them even better this weekend because they’re free.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Wednesday that this Saturday and Sunday all state parks and museums are waiving parking and entrance fees. It’s to celebrate of the 100th anniversary of the State Parks Commission. The centennial was actually last year, but they’re still celebrating this year.

You still have to pay to camp at state campgrounds, but everything else is on the house, the governor said.

With no fees, the more popular parks will fill up faster than usual, so if you are going to the beach, head out early. And remember, fees are waived only at state parks, not your local beaches.

A new state website, www.ct.gov/freestateparksweekend , offers a “Top 10” list of the best places for swimming, hiking, boating, picnicking, and more.

Some of this weekend’s events highlighted by the governor’s office are:

  • 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 Harkness Memorial Mansion in Waterford
  • Hands-on nature and crafting programs at the Goodwin Conservation Center in Hampton and the Kellogg Environmental Center/Osborne Homestead Museum in Derby
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