Department of Tourism Sponsors Free Day at State Parks and Museums

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) – Connecticut’s Department of Tourism is sponsoring a statewide event to let residents experience the best of what our state has to offer.  There will be free admission at several parks and museums on Saturday, June 11, including:



The Osborne Homestead Museum, Derby, will offer free tours of the museum from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Visitors may also explore the beautiful gardens surrounding the museum. All are welcome to visit the Kellogg Environmental Center to participate in a free decoupage workshop 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Guests can make decoupage art honoring Francis Osborne Kellogg’s love of flowers and handicrafts. All materials, including pictures of the Kellogg Estate’s gorgeous flowers, will be supplied.

The Kellogg Environmental Center and Osborne Homestead Museum are located off Route 34 at 500 Hawthorne Avenue in Derby, CT. Space for the workshop is limited so please call (203) 734-2513 or email to register or for more information.


Dinosaur State Park, Rocky Hill, will offer free admission to the museum from

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. There will also be a “Build a LEGO Dinosaur contest. LEGO bricks will be provided and participants must construct their dinosaur at the Park on June 11. The contest takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and a prize will be awarded in three categories: age 5 and under, ages 6-10 and 11 and older. Builders will not be able to keep their creations.

Visitors can enjoy films, animal programs and guided nature walks (weather permitting) throughout the day. The track casting and mining areas are now open and anyone who wants to make a cast must bring 10 pounds of Plaster-of-Paris and ¼ cup of cooking oil. Please note this

area is open from m 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. daily. Only one cast per family or group may be made.

The mining activity is open from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and there is a materials fee. A free craft area will also be open in the Discovery Room from 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Please visit our Facebook page DinosaurStatePark,Friends to learn more about the events scheduled as part of our 50th anniversary of the track discovery celebration.


Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam, will offer free admission to the museum (Castle) and will provide guided hikes where actor and playwright William H. Gillette’s train ran on the grounds of the Castle. Visitors will be able to have a picnic, walk on the trails, and visit the gift shop and concession stand.

Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Staff is available to answer any questions about the Castle.

Made of local fieldstone, the castle sits atop a steep hill about 200 feet above the Connecticut River. Gillette designed the Castle himself and has unique features not found anywhere else.


Fort Trumbull State Park, New London is rich in history including a fort that was constructed between 1839 and 1850.

The Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. — admission is free.

The Center contains state of the art multimedia theaters, computer touch screen interactive exhibits, 3-D models, and extensive graphics and text panels. This one of a kind center depicts over 225 years of military history and technological advances from the Revolutionary War to the Cold War. Some of the main themes of the Visitor Center are the September 6, 1781 attack by the British under the command of Benedict Arnold, the U-boat menace during World War II, and the anti-submarine efforts during the Cold War

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