It was a hot, muggy afternoon the day Chris and I arrived at Brownstone Park in Portland, CT. We had no idea what we were in for and we had no idea what exactly we were getting ourselves into. Ziplining sounded so scary to me. So much so that I told Chris he’d better be the one to get the most out of this chill and thrill day trip to Connecticut!
Whoa. This place is no joke.
With over a dozen ziplines to dangle on and splash into the water from, this place is serious hard core fun for kids who are confident in the water and are looking for a really good time. I wouldn’t recommend Brownstone to the parents of littles, even though there is an area in the water for tots to play. This place is perfect for middle schoolers, high schoolers and even adults who are looking for some outdoor adventure! There’s just so much to do!
The whole park is built right in between rock quarries that were mined and used for construction in the brownstone apartments we know and love in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Chicago during the latter half of the 19th century. Brownstone Park was even listed as a National Historic Landmark in May of 2000. It’s literally a playground located on a huge slice of our nation’s history – pretty cool, right?
Things to Do at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park
- Scuba Diving
- Climbing and Rappelling
- Swimming and Snorkeling
- Canoeing and Kayaking
- Mountain Biking
- Wake Boarding
- Cliff Jumping
- Giant Inflatable Toy Play
- Ziplining – over a dozen!
A few things you should know about the park is that there is only one set of bathrooms and they are located at the front entrance of the park – I would expect these lines to get really long during beautiful summer days and I was surprised that they didn’t offer any others. There are changing rooms located on the left-hand side as you near the water sports area, but be prepared for a line when you need to use the restroom. There are also two wobbly bridges that take you from each side of the park to all the fun. Folks tend to make them shake purposely and it could be scary for tikes and toddlers. Keep a hand on your little ones for sure. The docks are very wobbly too and everyone must wear a life jacket, even if you are not planning on joining in on any of the thrills. Again, I’d suggest leaving the little ones at home. This place is more intended for older kids who are confident in the water.
Brownstone Park is located at 161 Brownstone Avenue in Portland, CT. You can get there in about one hour and thirty minutes from Boston. The park is open daily from the end of June to the beginning of September. The park is also open during weekends only throughout the month of September, but does offer group reservations during the week.
Chris gives this place two thumbs up. He had a blast and says those cliffs are much higher than they look when you’re stanindg on the edge getting ready to jump! Make a day trip to Brownstone if you’re looking for some thrilling adventures! You’ll be glad you made the trip!
Disclosure: We spent the afternoon at Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park as part of a press trip to discover some hidden gems of Connecticut. All opinions are my own.