Activities & Entertainment

Outdoor Activities and Sports:

Bicycle Routes

There are more than 250 bicycle routes in the state.

Boating Public

Boat launch facilities are located throughout Connecticut.

Camping

Select from the list of State Forests and Parks with camping  facilities or use this interactive map of public & private regional camping facilities.

Canoeing and Kayaking

Access this map of area launch sites

Fishing

Numerous lakes and rivers provide many excellent angling opportunities

Golf

Choose among the area’s 200 public and private golf courses

Hiking/backpacking trails

Connecticut hasmore than 200 hiking trails, including access to 53 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Horseback Riding

Here is an Interactive map of state riding facilities

River Rafting, Tubing

New Hartford: Farmington River Tubing

West Cornwall: Clarke Outdoors

Rock Climbing

Connecticut offers many challenging rock climbing sites and indoor practice facilities

Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing

Woodbury: Woodbury Ski Area

Middlefield: Powder Ridge

Holyoke (MA): Mt. Tom ski area

Skydiving

Accommodations for first-time or veteran jumpers

Spelunking

Caves of Connecticut

State Parks

See this interactive map showing the numerous State Park facilities (with links to additional information).

Swimming

Public swimming beaches are available at 18 inland lakes and 4 shoreline localities.

Tennis

Interactive map of local tennis facilities

Arboretums, Nature Centers, Zoos, etc.

General

Connecticut waterfalls

Miscellaneous links

Connecticut Audubon Society

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Joshua’s Tract

Conservation and Historic Trust Long Island Sound study

The Nature Conservancy of Connecticut

Avon: Heublein Tower

Bridgeport: Beardsley Zoo

East Hartford: Wickham Park

Goshen: Action Wildlife

Groton: Project Oceanology

Hartford: Bushnell Park and Arboretum

Hartford: Elizabeth Park– National Register of Historic Places

Meriden: Castle Craig and Hubbard Park

Mystic: Mystic Aquarium: Live whales, sea lions, fish and marine exhibits Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

New Canaan: New Canaan Nature Center

New London: The Connecticut College Arboretum

Norwalk: The Maritime Aquarium

Redding:High stead Arboretum

Stamford:Bartlett Arboretum

Providence (RI):Roger Williams Park Zoo

Gardening

General Use this interactive map to locate area nurseries and garden shops

General Connecticut Botanical Society

General: Connecticut’s Historic Gardens

Branford: The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut

Hartford: Connecticut Master Gardener Association

Spectator Sports

Auto Racing

Lakeville: Lime Rock Park

Stafford Springs: Stafford Motor Speedway(NASCAR)

Thompson: Thompson International Speedway(NASCAR)

Waterford: Waterford Speed Bowl(NASCAR)

Baseball

New Britain (CT): New Britain Rock Cats(New Britain Stadium) – The Double-A minor leagueaffiliate of the
Minnesota Twins

Boston (MA): Boston Red Sox(Fenway Park)

New York (NY): New York Mets(Citi Field)

New York (NY): New York Yankees(Yankee Stadium)

Basketball

Storrs/Hartford: Men & Women UConn Huskies (Gampel Pavillion/XL Center)

Boston (MA): Boston Celtics (TD Garden)

New York (NY): NewYork Knicks(Madison Square Garden)

Newark (NJ): New Jersey Nets(Prudential Center)

Springfield (MA): Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Football

East Hartford: UConn Huskies(Rentschler Field)

Foxborough (MA): New England Patriots(Gillette Stadium)

East Rutherford (NJ): New York Giants(MetLife Stadium)

East Rutherford (NJ): New York Jets(MetLife Stadium)

Golf

The Connecticut PGA site has tournament and other information Cromwell: See Information on the Travelers Championship

Hockey

Hartford: Connecticut Whale(XL Center)

Boston (MA): Boston Bruins(TD Garden)

Newark (NJ): New Jersey Devils(Prudential Center)

Soccer

Storrs: Men & Women UConn Huskies(Morone Stadium)

Foxborough (MA): New England Revolution(Gillette Stadium)

Tennis: New Haven: New Haven Open

Historical Attractions

General: Connecticut Historical Society

General: Connecticut Landmarks

General: Search Connecticut history resources

Coventry: Nathan Hale Homestead

East Granby: Newgate Prison & Copper Mine

East Haddam:William Gillette Castle

Essex: Steam train and riverboat

Hartford: Harriet Beecher Stowe House

Hartford: Mark Twain House

Hartford: Old State House– A national historic landmark

Hartford: State Capitol– A national historic landmark

Mystic:Mystic Seaport– Experience life during the whaling era, climb aboard a whaling ship and see a replica of the Freedom Ship Amistad

West Hartford:Noah Webster House

Sturbridge (MA):Old Sturbridge Village– a historical adventure into colonial life

Deerfield (MA): Historic Deerfield

Lowell (MA):National  Historic Park

Plymouth (MA):Plimouth Plantation – 17th century village

Springfield (MA): Storrowtown Village

Newport (RI):Mansions and Cliff Walk

Art, History & Science Museums

Bridgeport: P.T. Barnum Circus Museum

Bristol:American Clock & Watch Museum

Bristol:New England Carousel Museum

Brooklyn: New England Center for the Contemporary Arts

Canterbury:Prudence-Crandall Museum

East Windsor: Connecticut TrolleyMuseum

Fairfield: Belarmine Museum of Art

Fairfield: Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University

Farmington: Hill-Stead Museum

Greenwich: Bruce Museum of Arts and Science

Guilford:Henry Whitfield State Museum

Hamden: Eli Whitney Museum & Workshop

Hartford: Wadsworth Atheneum(The oldest public art museum in the United States)

Kent: Sloane-Stanley Museum

Manchester: Connecticut Fire Museum

Middletown: Davison Art Center at Wesleyan University

New Britain: New Britain Museum of American Art

New Haven:Yale Center for British Art

New Haven:Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

New Haven:Yale University Art Gallery

New London: Lyman Allyn Art Museum

Norwich: Slater Museum at Norwich Free Academy

Old Lyme:Florence Griswold Museum

Ridgefield:The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Rocky Hill:Dinosaur State Park

Stamford: The Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Storrs: Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry(on UConn campus)

Storrs:Connecticut State Museum of Natural History (on UConn campus)

Storrs: William Benton Museum of Art (on UConn campus)

Waterbury: Mattatuck Museum

Willimantic:Connecticut Eastern Railroad Museum

Willimantic:Windham Textile and History Museum

Windsor: Mercy Gallery at the Loomis Chaffee School

Windsor Locks:New England Air Museum

Selected Sites (MA):
Springfield:Museum complex

Cambridge: HarvardMuseum of Comparative Zoology and Glass Flowers Exhibit

Cultural Resources:

General: Connecticut’sHeritage Gateway Connecticut Historical Resource Guide

Hartford:Charter Oak Cultural Center (housed in Connecticut’s oldest synagogue building)

Hartford: Connecticut Cultural Heritage Arts

Hartford:Connecticut Offices of Culture & Tourism

New Haven: Ethnic Heritage Center

Intentional Communities

Woodbridge: Amity Highlands Ecovillage Cohousing

Enfield: The Community of Saint Benedict

Glastonbury: Economic Eco-Village

New Haven:Green Haven Cohousing

New Haven: The Hella Tight House

Hamden: Homestead TogetherEast

Haddam: Oak Forest Artists Cooperative

Putnam: Quiet Corner Co-Op

Asian cultural links

Danbury:Filipino American Association of Western Connecticut

East Hartford: Chinese Cultural Center of Connecticut

Hartford:Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

xxxxx: Connecticut Chinese Culture Association

Plainville: Japan-America Society of Connecticut

Rocky Hill: India Association of Greater Hartford

South Windsor:Pakistani American Association of Connecticut

xxxxx:Association of Physicians of Pakistani Descent of North America

Stratford:Hindu Cultural Center of Connecticut

West Hartford:National Association of Asian American Professionals

West Hartford: Sneha– network for women of South Asian origin

Willington: Asian Pacific American Coalition

African American cultural links

Hartford:African-American Genealogical Resources

Hartford: African American Heritage Trail

Hartford: John E. Rogers African American Cultural Center

New Haven: Afro-American Cultural Center

New Haven: Amistad America, Inc.

New Haven: The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition

New Haven: Greater New Haven African American Historical Society

Hispanic/Latin American cultural links

Danbury: Centro Hispano

Danbury: Portuguese Cultural Center

Hartford: Brazilian Community & Cultural Center of Hartford

Hartford: CAUSA, Inc.

Hartford: Guakia

Puerto Rican Cultural Center Hartford:Latino Expo

Newington: Portuguese Club of Hartford

New London: Espressiones Cultural Center

Unionville: Latin America Parents Association

West Hartford: The Portuguese Foundation

Middle Eastern cultural links

Farmington:Foundation of Iranians of Connecticut

Hartford: Connecticut Council on American-Islamic Relations

Hartford: Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut

Hartford: Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford

Middleton: Jewish Genealogical Society of Connecticut

New Haven: Fortun off Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies

Stamford: Center for Judaic and Middle Eastern Studies

Stamford: Islamic Cultural Center

West Hartford: Jewish Family Services

West Haven: Turkish Cultural Center Connecticut

Wethersfield: Muslim Coalition of Connecticut

Windsor: Islamic Center of Connecticut, Inc.

Native American cultural links(listing)

Hartford: Connecticut Native American tribes

Hartford:Research guideto Native American resources

Mashantucket: The Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center

Washington: The Institute for American Indian Studies

West Indian cultural links

Hartford:The West Indian Foundation

Entertainment:

General:Things To Do In Hartford

Agricultural Fairs

General:Connecticut Agricultural Fairs

Springfield (MA): Eastern States Exposition (The “Big E”)

Amusement Parks

Bristol:Lake Compounce

Middlebury:Quassy Amusement Park

Agawam (MA):Six Flags New England Amusement Park

Casinos

Mashantucket:Foxwoods

Montville:Mohegan Sun

Music (live):

General:Hartford:Comcast Music Theater–one of the largest amphitheatres in the USA

Wallingford: Oakdale Theater – New England’s largest music theater

Alternative

Bridgeport: Acoustic Cafe

Hartford: Listing of alternative musicians

New Haven: Toad’s Place

Ridgefield:The Ridgefield Playhouse

Classical: Bridgeport: Greater Bridgeport Symphony

Greenwich: Greenwich Symphony

Hamden: Hamden Symphony Orchestra (an all-volunteer orchestra)

Hartford: Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Manchester: Manchester Symphony Orchestra

Middleton: Middleton Symphonic Band(amateurs and professionals)

New Britain:New Britain Symphony Orchestra

New Haven: New Haven Symphony Orchestra

New London: Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra

Norwalk: Norwalk Symphony Orchestra

Ridgefield: Ridgefield Symphony Orchestra

Wallingford:Wallingford Symphony Orchestra

Waterbury:Waterbury Symphony Orchestra

West Hartford:West Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Ethnic, Folk & World Music

General: Acoustic Music

General: New England Folk Festival Association

General: Connecticut Folk

Branford:Branford Folk Music Society

Manchester: The Main Pub

Middletown: Center for the Arts

Preston: Cajun/Zydeco Festival

Milford: Milford Folk Music Society

West Hartford: Sounding Board Coffee House

Jazz

Fairfield: The Quick Center for the Arts

Hartford: The Bushnell Performing Arts Center

Hartford: The Hartford Artist’s Collective

Hartford: The Hartford Jazz Society sponsors Monday Night Jazz performances during the summer months and Monday nightJazz Jams at Black-eyed Sally’s club in Hartford.

Hartford: The Hartford Festival of Jazz

Storrs: UConn’s Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

Mashantucket:Foxwoods Casino

Middletown: Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts

Montville: The Mohegan Sun Casino periodically hosts jazz performances at theWolf Den(e.g.,
Fourplay, Jazz Attack, David Sanborn) and Cabaret Lounge (e.g., Manhattan
Transfer, Nancy Wilson).

New Britain: The New Britain Museum of American Art features live jazz performances on the first Friday of each month

New Haven:Lyman Center – periodical jazz concerts

New London:Jazz Underground Café

Newport (RI): TheNewport Jazz Festival(RI) is one of the world’s premier jazz venues (held each August)

See this list ofJazz and Blues clubsin neighboring Massachusetts

Holyoke (MA): On the 3rd Friday of each month WEIB FM radio sponsors the “After Work Cool Down” at the Holyoke Hotel and Conference Center, featuring food and light jazz by exciting local and regional artists.

Lenox (MA): Tanglewood

Northampton (MA): The Calvin Theatre has featured outstanding artists such as Return to Forever, Paul Lieberman, Karrin Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, Bill Frisell, and the Mahavishnu Project.

Montreal (Quebec): The Montreal Jazz Festival takes place each year with world class jazz entertainment (only a 6-hour drive from Connecticut).

Shopping

New England Outlet Shopping Guide

Avon: Avon Marketplace

Avon: Old Avon Village

Avon: Riverdale Farms Shopping

Bloomfield: Copaco Shopping Center

Canton: The Shoppes at Farmington Valley

Clinton: Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Danbury:Danbury Fair

Enfield:Enfield Square

Farmington:Westfarms Mall

Glastonbury:Somerset Square

Manchester: Shoppes at Buckland Hills

Meriden:Westfield Meriden

Milford: Westfield Connecticut Post

Mystic: Mystic Factory Outlets

Mystic: Olde Mistick Village

New Haven: IKEA

New London: New London Mall

South Windsor:The Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk

Stamford: Stamford Town Center

Storrs: Storrs Center (under construction)

Trumbull: WestfieldTrumbull

Waterbury:Brass Mill Center and Commons

Waterford: Crystal Mall

Westbrook: Tanger Outlet Center

West Hartford: Bishop’s Corner

Performing Arts

General: Iinteractive map of Connecticut venues

Chester: The Norma Terris Theater Stage

East Haddam: The American Magic-Lantern Theater

East Haddam: Goodspeed Opera House

Enfield: Valley Repertory Company

Fairfield: The Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts

Greenwich: Shakespeare on the Sound

Hamden: Algonkuin Theatre Company

Hartford: The Bushnell Performing Arts Center

Hartford: Hartford Stage

Manchester: Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall

Middletown: Oddfellows Playhouse

New Britain: The Hole in the Wall Theater

New Haven: Lyman Center

New Haven: Shubert Theater

New Haven: Yale Repertory Theatre

New London: The Garde Arts Center New

Milford:Theatre Works New Milford

Pomfret:Performing Arts of Northeast Connecticut

Putnam: Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut

Ridgefield: The Ridgefield Theatre Barn

Simsbury: Performing Arts Center

Stamford: Stamford Theatre Works

Storrs: Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts

Thomaston: Thomaston Opera House

Torrington: Warner Theater

Trumbull: Performing Arts Center of Connecticut

Warren: Faustwork Mask Theater

Waterbury: Palace Theater

West Hartford: The Mark Twain Masquers

West Haven: Theatre Mania Productions, Inc.

Westport: Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts

Westport:Music Theater of Connecticut

Westport: Second Guess Theatre Company

Dining (Storrs area)

Storrs Mansfield: Altnaveigh Inn

Storrs Mansfield: Chuck & Augie’s(UConn campus)

Storrs Mansfield: Chuck’s Margarita Grill

Storrs Mansfield:Jack Rabbit’sStorrs

Mansfield: Nathan Hale Inn(UConn campus)

Storrs Mansfield: Sara’s Pockets

Storrs Mansfield:Ted’s Restaurant & Bar

Storrs Mansfield:UConn Dairy Bar Ice Cream (UConn campus)

Storrs Mansfield: Red Rock Pizza & Cafe Inc(General)

Storrs Mansfield: Husky Pizza

Storrs Mansfield: Wings Over Storrs

Storrs Mansfield:  Wing Express

Storrs Mansfield: Starbucks Coffee

Storrs Mansfield: D P Dough

Storrs Mansfield: Randy’s Wooster St Pizza Shop

Willington: Willington Pizza House