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Children who eat well and exercise are more likely to have an overall sense of well-being and academic success.

Good Nutrition
Physical Activity
  • Healthy Snacks

  • Cooking for Kids

  • What does the "Food Pyramid" look like these days?

  • What is "My Plate"?

  • Playing Outside

  • Hiking in the woods

  • Sports

  • Helping with Yardwork & Gardening

  • Visit Colchester Parks

Healthy Kids
  • Energetic

  • Focused

  • Happy

Parks Around Colchester

Day Pond State Park: Off Rt. 149/Westchester Rd. (hiking, fishing, swimming & picnic areas). More info. at: or (860) 295-9523.

Salmon River State Park: Parking off of Rt. 16 in Westchester (covered bridge, fishing, hiking & picnic). More info. at or (860) 295-9523.

Chanticlair Golf Course:  288 Old Hebron Rd. (Nine-hole, public golf course with adjacent driving range). More info. at

Colchester Recreation Complex (RecPlex): 215 Old Hebron Rd. (softball, baseball & soccer fields; basketball, tennis & horseshoe courts; walking trails; playscapes; skate park; splash pad; picnic pavilion, free WiFi; charcoal grills & picnic tables). More info. at or (860) 537-7297. 

Schuster Park: 21 Mill Hill Rd. (operated by Colchester Hayward Fire Dept., open fields & picnic pavilions). For more information call (860) 537-2512.

Lions Club Pond: Halls Hill Rd. between CES & JJIS (fishing, picnic, & winter ice-skating). Operated by The Colchester Lions Club. More info. at

Ruby and Elizabeth Cohen Park: McDonald Rd. (picnic areas, gazebo, hiking trails, pond, & StoryWalk adventures for kids). More info. at or (860) 537-7297.

Air Line Trail State Park: In Colchester, parking near Exit 16 off Rt. 2, on Bull Hill Rd., at Salmon River (spans 11 towns, scenic bike & walking trails). More info. at or (860) 295-9523. The Colchester Spu (town-owned leg of trail) extends from main trail & can be accessed near 187 Lebanon Rd.

Colchester School Grounds: Playgrounds & sports fields at all town schools are available to the public only during non-school hours.

Town Green: At intersection of Norwich Ave. & Main St., the green is host to many town events. A gazebo and softball field are also located here. More info. at or (860) 537-7297.

Colchester Dog Park: 89 Old Amston Rd. (separate areas for small & large dogs). Open from sunrise to ½ hour before sunset. More info. at or call (860) 228-8139.

Area Farmers Markets

Colchester Farmers Market: Sundays 9-1, June 17 - October 14 

  Colchester Town Green, 98 Hayward Ave. Colchester, CT   

East Haddam Farmers Market: Wednesdays 9-1, June 17 - Sept 26

Ballek's Garden Center, 90 Maple Ave, East Haddam, CT


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