Is overnight parking allowed at Connecticut rest areas? How long can you stay at a Connecticut rest area? Can you sleep in your car? Is camping allowed? What are the full Connecticut rest area rules?
Connecticut Rest Area Rules
The State of Connecticut has not adopted any laws or administrative rules with respect to the use of its highway rest areas or turnpike service plazas. The Connecticut Department of Transportation (ConnDOT) has not posted any signs at rest areas or service plazas limiting the amount of stay, nor prohibiting overnight parking or camping.
How Long Can Your Stay at a Connecticut Rest Area?
There is no maximum time limit. Neither the State nor ConnDOT has adopted any policy on length of stay at rest areas and service plazas. Keep in mind that all rest areas and service plazas are patrolled by Connecticut State Police, and all rest areas have signs posted saying, “No Loitering”. So if you plan to stay for awhile, be aware that police may be taking notice of how long you’ve been there, and don’t remain standing in front of rest area buildings for too long.
Is Overnight Parking Allowed at Connecticut Rest Areas?
Yes, overnight parking is allowed. There are no laws or rules prohibiting overnight parking. Moreover, none of the rest areas or service plazas in Connecticut have signs prohibiting overnight parking. Note that because these rest areas and service plazas are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you are allowed to arrive at night and stay long enough until you are able to continue driving safely.
Can You Sleep in Your Car at Rest Areas in Connecticut?
Yes, you can sleep in your car. ConnDOT expects drowsy drivers to enter into a rest area or service plaza and get some sleep. They would prefer you to sleep in your vehicle instead of sleeping outside on the grass or on a picnic table.
Is Camping Allowed at Connecticut Rest Areas?
Yes and no, it depends. There are no laws or rules in Connecticut against camping at rest areas and service plazas. However, all rest areas and service plazas are patrolled by the State Police. If you were to pitch a tent at a rest area, or set up your camping gear outside your RV, you will likely be approached by a law enforcement officer. On the other hand, most rest areas in Connecticut have picnic tables, cooking grills, pet areas, scenic walkways, and viewing areas. You are certainly welcome to use those facilities for some level of outside recreation. As long you don’t extend that recreation through the night and into the following morning, you’ll be fine. Just put away your camping gear at night stay in your vehicle, and stay under the radar.
Where Can I Get a List of All Connecticut Rest Areas?
The Connecticut Department of Transportation publishes a listing of all of its rest areas and service plazas on its website… https://portal.ct.gov/DOT/PP_Intermodal/Documents/Connecticut-Rest-Areas