Outdoor Activities

HIKING / WALKING / TRAILS

WATER SPORTS

  • Farmington River Tubing – have fun tubing down the scenic Farmington River, 860-693-6465, http://www.farmigtonrivertubing.com
  • Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park – enjoy swimming & water obstacles, zip lines, cliff jump, rope swing, wake boarding, rock climbing, kayak & paddle board, 866- 860-0208, https://brownstonepark.com

YOGA

BEACHES

SKIING / SNOWBOARDING / WINTER SPORTS

  • Ski Sundown – Day and night skiing and snowboarding from early December through late March. Sixteen trails (15 with night lighting) serviced by 5 lifts, with one hundred percent snowmaking coverage, offer varied terrain choices for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. 860-379-7669, https://skisundown.com
  • Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort – Featuring skiing, snowboarding, tubing, Synthetic snow (365 days a year), zip line, disc golf and mountain biking for all ages. The Ridge is also host to cultural events, sports competitions, music festivals and beer fests. 866-860-0208, http://www.powderridgepark.com
  • Mohawk Mountain Ski Area- located in Cornwall, CT, 860-672-6100, https://www.mohawkmtn.com
  • Mount Southington Ski Area – 860-628-0954, https://mountsouthington.com
  • Learn to ice climb with Ascent Climbing [click here] or Ragged Mountain Guides [click here]

SPORTS EVENTS

  • UConn Husky sports – college football games, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, baseball and more – https://uconnhuskies.com/index.aspx
  • New London-Waterford Speedbowl – racing events in the southern part of CT. http://www.speedbowl.com

ADVENTURE / AMUSEMENT PARKS

  • Six Flags New England – rides, games, live entertainment, dining and fun for the whole family. Agawam, Mass https://www.sixflags.com/newengland
  • Lake CompounceLake Compounce is the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America (created in 1846!) There are rides, games, and a waterpark for the whole family. They also have great events around the holidays and a Halloween themed event. Located in Bristol, CT. 860-583-3300, https://www.lakecompounce.com
  • Quasi Amusement & Waterpark – fun for the whole family – 1-800-FOR-PARK, https://www.quassy.com
  • Riverfront Miniature Golfing – There’s also ICE CREAM! https://www.facebook.com/Riverfrontminiaturegolf/
  • Try a hot air balloon ride with Bershire Balloons in Farmington! They provide an unforgettable trip along with a complimentary champagne toast and snack. Click herefor details.
  • Bradley Mountain Farm always has very unique and funny things to do. Join them… for Goats N’ Pajamas! Brush the goats, feed them and dress them up in pajamas, tutus and other costumes. [click here]. They also have goat yoga all year round [click here]
  • Take a horseback riding lesson at Hidden Meadow Equestrian Center [Glastonbury]. They have different options available. Click herefor more details.

PERFORMING ARTS

  • Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center – A state-of-the-art outdoor venue, located in Simsbury, offering live concerts under the stars, 860-651-4052, http://simsburymeadowsmusic.com
  • Pleasant Valley Drive In Movies https://www.pleasantvalleydriveinmovies.com
  • Shoppes at Farmington Valley Drive in movie https://www.facebook.com/shopfarmington/

OTHER

  • Lyman Orchards – pumpkin picking, mazes, apple picking and the best apple cider donuts around! https://lymanorchards.com
  • Haunted tours – if you’re not a nervous Nelly, check out some of these tours in Mystic! https://www.seasideshadows.com
  • Essex Steam Train & River Boat. Take a 2.5 hr train and riverboat ride that begins in 1892 Essex Station for a 12-mile, narrated round-trip into the CT River Valley. https://essex-steam-train-riverboat.myshopify.com/collections/2020-june-july-train-riverboat-excursion?_ga=2.42485861.1729334496.1600985175-1654745544.1600985175

  • Take a trip to Olde Mistick Village [Mystic] and shop the unique little stores along the quaint outdoor walk – there’s something for everyone.

  • Do a socially distant Hartford Scavenger Hunt! [Hartford] – This scavenger hunt will lead you along the streets of the capital and learn the history of the state. Click herefor more details & tickets.

OUTDOOR FOOD AND DRINKS

  • Crystal Ridge Winery – Glastonbury: Sit outside while it’s still nice in socially distant tables while enjoying wine by the bottle or glass. Great view of Hartford, food trucks, and live music. https://www.crystalridgewinery.com

  • Take a walking food and drink tour with Taste of New Haven!! There are several different tours such as the Little Italy Tour, the Taco Tour, and Pizza in America tour. Click here!

  • Saturdays Jan 9-Mar 27 @ 10 AM-1 PM – Get some fresh food on your table from City Seed’s 2021 Winter Farmers Market [New Haven]. Click herefor more details and scheduling your visit to maintain social distancing

  • Priam Vineyards and Winery in Colchester has wonderful wines and occasionally even has performances! Click herefor more.

  • The Arrigoni Winery [Portland] has indoor and outdoor seating for wine tasting. There is live entertainment every weekend as well. Click herefor details.

Indoor Activities

 

FITNESS / SPORTS

  • Yoga by Meagan Hajjar – one of the third year residents is a yogi herself and has offered to teach a free beginner one-on-one yoga class for those who want to learn yoga but don’t know where to start or don’t want to be in a class right away. She will teach basic poses and yoga principles at home! We may even have classes with her! 339-222-2778
  • Hospital Fitness Centers – Hartford Hospital, Saint Francis, UConn Health, and HOCC have health fitness centers for employees. Scroll to the section on the link where you will find information on each one and how to get started  https://health.uconn.edu/wellness-center/ ,  https://health.uconn.edu/graduate-medical-education/cahc/benefits-and-payroll/
  • Newington Arena – ice skating in CT – http://www.newingtonarena.com
  • Hartford Wolfpack – The Wolfpack is an AHL Hockey league in Hartford. Their top affiliate is the NHL’s New York Rangers. Home games are SO much fun – located at the XL center. http://www.hartfordwolfpack.com
  • Hartford Yard Goats – The Yard Goats are a minor league baseball team that play home games at Dunkin Donuts Park in Hartford. Games are a lot of fun! https://www.milb.com/hartford
  • A list of the indoor rock climbing centers in Ct https://www.indoorclimbing.com/connecticut.html
  • West Hartford Yoga – there are discounts with our purple card (also see Discounts section) www.westhartfordyoga.com
  • There are many yoga studies in Hartford Countyhere is a list from Expertise on their recommendations on some yoga studios around here – https://www.expertise.com/ct/hartford/yoga-studios
  • Online yoga – there are numerous options including YouTube, DoYogaWithMeYogaInternationalBodyByYogaTheYogaCollective
  • In person and onlinedance & pilates classes right here in Hartford! Classes are from $5-15 and there are many different options with different experience levels. https://www.thedancecollective.org/open-class
  • HUGE Indoor Ropes Course! Adult course is over 100 rope elements on 4 level ropes courses up to 56 feet in the air! There is also a kid’s course! https://www.itatjordans.com/tickets-pricing

  • Connecticut Sun – WNBA franchise at Mohegan Sun Arena, 860-862-4068, http://www.connecticutsun.com

  • FREE trial through 7/1/21 of Down Dog for students, teachers and healthcare workers. Down Dog can be played on any device with Yoga, HIIT, Barre and prenatal yoga classes. Students & teachers (K12 & college) can sign up on the school page here, and healthcare workers can sign up with this page here.
  • Learn to climb at Central Rock Gym in Glastonbury! Even if you have never been rock climbing before, they have instructional events for new-bies! Click herefor details!

  • Fore Seasons Golf Club [Bethany] boasts about their variety of indoor golfing experiences with 7 golf simulators, 2,200 sq feet of putting green, 5,500 sq feet of chipping green, 2 bunkers, 20 full swing stations, and a hydraulic hitting station. Click herefor more details!

  • Take an (indoor) climb at Prime Clime [Wallingford] with a day pass or take knot and belay lessons. Click herefor more details.

  • Studio 8 sixty has dance classes including hip hop, breakdance, jazz and ballet for both adults and kids. The classes are both in person and virtually! Click herefor more details.

  • You can take some dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studios [Glastonbury]! They have both in-person and online lessons! No matter if you were a famous dancer pre-medicine or have two right feet, they welcome you. Click herefor more details.

  • YMCA of Greater Hartford has both in-person and live virtual classes on zoom. Most of the virtual classes are FREE!!! [click here]. 

  • Hartford Sweat has great exercise classes [click here],

  • The Edge Fitness Club in West Hartford has diverse classes including spin classes, barre, body pump, and strength training. [click here]

  • For those who want to practice their golf swing, try out ZStrict’s indoor virtual-reality golfing [Stamford]. It’s super realistic. Click here.’

  • If you need to get out a little tension, try axe throwing. Brass City Raceway [Waterbury] houses an axe throwing area as well as go-kart racing and batting cages. Click herefor more details

  • Hit up the bowling lanes at Spare Time Entertainment [Bristol, Windsor Locks, Vernon]! [click here]

  • Nomads Adventure Quest .[South Windsor] has a lot of great indoor activities including blacklight mini golf, bumper cars, bounce houses, rock climbing walls, and laser tag. Click herefor more details

  • Escape Rooms still exist with covid! Just from your couch…. Book your group for a virtual escape room with Escape New Haven! Click here

SPAS / MASSAGES

  • Healing Hands Massage – Ask for Kirk, he is the ABSOLUTE best. There are often discounts on Groupon too! Conveniently located in Hartford, 860-499-0192, https://healinghandsmsg.com
  • The Spa at Norwich Inn – spa, massages, nail services, pools. super relaxing! 860-425-3500/800-275-4772, www.thespaatnorwichinn.com 
  • Water’s Edge Resort & Spa – beautiful views on the beach on the southern shore of CT looking over Long Island Sound, spa services, events, hotel, dining, entertainment. https://watersedgeresortandspa.com, Resort: 860-399-5901, Reservations: 860-222-5901 
  • Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun 860-862-4520, https://mohegansun.com/poi/venues/mandara-spa.html

CASINOS

  • Foxwoods – casino, shopping, hotel, places to eat, shows/entertainment, history tours/museums and many other activities – https://www.foxwoods.com
  • Mohegan Sun – casino, nightlife, places to eat, hotel/spa, and arena/entertainment – https://mohegansun.com

SHOPPING

  • The Shoppes at Buckland Hills – shopping mall in Manchester. https://www.theshoppesatbucklandhills.com/en.html
  • Westfarms Mall – shopping mall in West Hartford. https://shopwestfarms.com

MOVIES / SHOWS / PERFORMING ARTS

  • Hartford Funny Bone – great lounge comedy club in the mall with awesome food and relaxing atmosphere. They have both newer artists as well as more well-known performers  http://hartford.funnybone.com
  • Hartford Spotlight Theaters – Movie theater with bar area right downtown- 39 Front St. Hartford http://hartford.spotlighttheatres.com
  • Buckland Hills 18 and IMAX – 99 Redstone Rd, Manchester, 860-646-4555
  • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts – Connecticut’s premiere performing arts center, presenting more than 350 events annually, including major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, local arts and community events. 860-987-5900, http://www.bushnell.org
  • Goodspeed Musicals – Goodspeed puts on incredibly musicals each year at the MainStage Opera House in East Haddam and the secondary stage in Chester – more than 400 performances  during the April to December season attracting 130,000 patrons to the Connecticut River Valley. 860-873-8668, http://www.goodspeed.org
  • Hartford Stage – Puts on incredible plays and musicals and has won prestigious awards. 860-527-5151, http://www.hartfordstage.org 
  • Palace Theater – listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this elegant theater showcases a calendar of professional performances, including national touring Broadway productions. 203-346-2000, http://www.palacetheaterct.org
  • Warner Theatre – This Art-Deco style theater in Torrington opened on August 19, 1931 as part of the Warner Bros. chain of movie theaters. Today it operates as a mixed-use performing arts center presenting plays, concerts, shows, musical performances and offering classes and workshops. 860-489-7180, http://www.warnertheatre.org
  • Lincoln Theater – has drama, dance, lectures, and concerts located in West Hartford. 800-274-8587, http://www.hartford.edu
  • Check back every other Wednesday for the virtual podcast called “In the Spotlight” – It’s a deep dive into classical musicals put on by the Goodspeed Musical staff! For you artsy folk, it’s a great way to enjoy the magic of the theater from home. Click here!

  • Take a video guitar lesson with Center Stage Guitar Academy! They have both packages and subscriptions to choose from. Click herefor more details.

ART / GALLERIES / MUSEUMS 

  • Muse Paint Bar – painting, friends, finger foods, wine and beer! Located in WeHa. 860-956-3200, 
     https://www.musepaintbar.com/locations/
  • West Hartford Art League – adult art classes from pottery to drawing to painting – http://westhartfordart.org/adult-art-classes
  • A list of art galleries in CT – https://www.ctvisit.com/interest/museums-art-galleries
  • Mark Twain House & Museum – visit the author, Mark Twain’s, home in Hartford, CT and learn about his life and the times. 860-247-0998, https://marktwainhouse.org
  • Wadsworth Athenium Museum of Arts – excellent art museum in our very own Hartford. You can even get a pass if you live in CT – https://www.thewadsworth.org
  • Yale University Art Gallery – 203-432-0601, https://artgallery.yale.edu
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe Center – Learn about Stowe and her anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and how YOU can make a change.  860-522-9258, https://www.harrietbeecherstowecenter.org
  • Tour the New England Carousel Museum [Bristol]! Their mission is to restore and preserve carousels and carousel memorabilia as well as education of the general public. Click herefor details 

  • Get creative! The Claypen [West Hartford] has temporarily closed its in-studio classes, but offers to-go kits with all the supplies to paint clay items of your choice including paints, brushes, pottery, and instructions. [click here]

  • Take a private painting lesson at the Passages Gallery [Hartford] . Click herefor the site.
  • Bring the whole family to the New England Air Museum [Windsor Locks] where you can learn all about aircrafts. There are also Flights of Fun Family Programs and virtual tours if you are interested  click here

  • Hartford Stage also has a book club called Deep Appreciation where they have live readings, interactive dialogue and reflections. Click herefor more details.

FOOD/WINE/DRINKS/BARS

  • Hot Fingers trivia at Hog River Brewing [Hartford] – Every Thursday @ 7-9PM – Take a seat on the patio at Hog River Brewing in Hartford and log into the virtual trivia game for FREE, grab a drink and have fun! There are prizes!! https://hartford.com/event/hot-fingers-trivia/2020-10-08/
  • Reserve yourself a trip to Hartford Flavor Company [Hartford] tasting room on Fridays & Saturdays where they do tours, tastings and bottle sales. They have great ideas on cocktail recipes and the locally made liquors are a great gift. Click herefor more details.

  • Head to Aquila’s Nest Vineyards for a gourmet pairing of 5 different desserts prepared by Loree’s Fine Food with 5 Aquila’s Nest wines (Riesling paired with thyme cookies, dry rose paired with pistachio cherry biscotti, merlot paired with raspberry cheesecake, red blend paired with dark chocolate orange brownies and Moscato paired with petite cream puffs). Click here.

Kid's Corner

Purple Card Discounts

Using your purple card, you can get discounts on many things in the area from insurance, to fitness, to restaurants and shows to Amazon! Below is a link to the GME website with all of these discounts.

Discounts for CAHC Employees