The first weekend of summer will be a classic

Osborne gardens in Derby

Osborne gardens in Derby

This is the kind of summer we’ve been waiting for: sunny, warm and dry, with plenty of outdoor things to do.

The water temperature in Long Island Sound is a brisk 62 degrees; not exactly a Polar Plunge but not tepid bath water either. If you decide to swim keep a towel handy, preferably one of those big fluffy ones.

But it will be a great weekend for the beach, but remember the sunscreen. All 11 state parks with swimming areas will be open and staffed with lifeguards. For the latest information, go here: Swimming

All of the recent heavy rain has left rivers swollen, and created some unsafe conditions, including usually strong and fast currents, state officials warn. You can get more information here: unsafe water conditions

Speaking of state parks, an under-appreciated gem, Osbornedale -Kellogg in Derby, will be one of the 13 sites on the Connecticut Historic Gardens Trail on Sunday.

There will be guided tours of the museum and gardens and a special one-woman show, “The Edwardian Lady’  ‘at the Kellogg Environmental Center at 2 p.m.  and tours of the lovely Colonial Revival gardens from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information on the the Connecticut Historical Garden Trail, go here

It will also be a glorious weekend for boating. State boat launches in the Saugatuck River in Westport and at Indian Wells State Park in Shelton will be open, but the one in the Housatonic River in Milford will remain closed this summer because of the Moses Wheeler Bridge construction. For a full list of public boat launches go to Boating

If fishing is your thing, there is plenty of opportunity for that, and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has stocked many of the region’s rivers, lakes and ponds. Remember, a license is required for both saltwater and freshwater fishing. For a list of bait shops, go here — Bait and Tackle.

Outdoor recreation means different things to different people, and many area restaurants have opened their patios, decks and outdoor seating areas for the season. There is live music at many venues too.

There are free summer concerts in many towns. Milford’s “Summer Nights by Harbor Lights” series kicks off Friday night with the RPM’s doing a classic rock set at the Fowler Pavillion, behind the Milford Library. Bring a lawn chair and blanket, and dance at your own risk. For a full schedule go here:

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