26 Things to Do BOATING Canal Dock Boathouse (CDBi), 475 Long Wharf Dr., New Haven. Opening April 2018. Canal Dock offers dragon boat and rowing clubs, a vendor to rent kayaks and paddle boards, and is pursuing partnerships for sailing programs. Premier event spaces overlooking New Haven Harbor will be available June 2018. canaldock.org Joyride Charters, 63 Pilot’s Point Dr., Westbrook. Unique and fun sailing excursions on Long Island Sound all summer long. Hourly, half day, romantic, marriage, friends, family. Experience the shoreline from your private yacht! Affordable prices. Make some memories! Charters available daily (daytime). Fees vary based on charter type. 203-530-5037, joyridecharters.com Quinnipiac River Marina, Kayak Rental and Ramp Access, 309 Front St., New Haven. The hidden gem of New Haven! Kayak/explore the Quinnipiac River. Put your boat in at our ramp to access the L.I. Sound, in addition to dining and enjoying this quaint New England village. Marina (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Anastasio’s Boat House Restaurant (8 a.m.-8 p.m.) are open daily. $25 for 5 hours kayak rental and $25 for ramp use. 203-777-3625 or 203-376-3116, quinnipiacrivermarina.com CYCLING CT Bike Tours. Tours are leisurely paced guided rides along gently rolling hills and shoreline. Tours are made easy thanks to our 24 speed “comfort bikes”... or you can always ride your own. Bike/boat tours available. Fees: $105/person or the “Couples Special” for $195. Includes bikes, helmets, boat tour and snacks. Open weekends, Memorial Day to Columbus Day. Tours depart 32 Church St., Guilford. 203-856-7263, ctbiketours.com PARKS/BEACHES Hammonasset Beach State Park, 1288 Boston Post Rd. (I-95, exit 62 Rte. 1), Madison. Largest of Connecticut’s shoreline parks. Two-mile beach with facilities with swimming, seasonal camping, saltwater fishing, and more. Amenities include year- round Meigs Point Nature Center with programs & activities, pavilions, concessions, restrooms, changing rooms/showers. Parking fees. Daily 8 a.m.-sunset. 203-245-2785, ct.gov/deep Lighthouse Point Park, 2 Lighthouse Rd., I-95, exit 50, New Haven. Swimming, natural history displays, nature trails, picnic grove, bird sanctuary and an antique carousel are highlights of this 82-acre park on Long Island Sound. Season runs: April 1-November 1. Gates open 7 a.m.-sunset year-round. Carousel, weekends & holidays noon-4 p.m. Parking fees. 203-946-8027, cityofnewhaven.com/parks Silver Sands State Park, I-95, exit 35, Milford. Beach-goers see Charles Island from the shore where legend has it that Captain Kidd buried treasure. Take a stroll along the boardwalk. 203-735-4311 or 860-485-0226, ct.gov/deep FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART PEZ Visitor Center, 35 Prindle Hill Rd., Orange. Come see and experience the PEZ brand in person. Over 4,000 square feet dedicated to all things PEZ! $5 adult, $4 child & seniors, free to children 3 and under. Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (winter close at 5 p.m.); Sunday noon-5 p.m. 203-298-0201, pez.com OUTDOOR ADVENTURES East Rock Park, 41 Cold Spring St., New Haven. 425 acres, featuring the historic Soldier & Sailors Monument, view of New Haven Green and Long Island Sound, the Pardee Rose Garden & Greenhouses, and over 10 miles of hiking trails. Dawn to dusk. 203-946-6086, newhavenct.gov/gov/depts/parks/default.htm Farmington Canal Linear Park, New Haven/Hamden. Scenic 16-mile (and growing) walkway perfect for biking, walking, hiking and in-line skating, beginning in Hamden and continuing south into New Haven. Parking available on Todd St., Sherman Ave., Brooksvale Park and Connolly Pkwy. (Hamden). Dawn to dusk. 203-287-2579, farmingtoncanal.org Menunkatuck Trail; New England Trail, Guilford. This designated trail is part of the 215-mile New England National Scenic Trail and connects Long Island Sound to the MA/NH border. visitguilfordct.com/todo/trail-maps-of-guilford-ct Sleeping Giant State Park, 200 Mt. Carmel Ave., Hamden. Two miles of mountaintop, with a 1.5-mile scenic trail leading to the peak of Mt. Carmel and observation tower, which provides an excellent view of Long Island Sound and the New Haven area. The park offers thirty-two miles of hiking trails and picnic areas. 8 a.m.-sunset. ct.gov/deep SCRCOG Regional Trails. Over 100 trails with maps and information available. Updated in 2016 with new design and content including map of the trail(s), descriptive information, directions, parking information, permitted uses, and contact information. scrcog.org/regional-planning/regional-trails/ West Haven Beach