Activities & Entertainment1

Activities & Entertainment

Outdoor Activities and Sports:

Bicycle Routes:

There aremore than 250 bicycle routesin the state.

Boating: Public:

boat launch facilitiesare located throughout Connecticut.

Camping:

Select from the list of State Forests and Parks withcamping
facilities
or use thisinteractive
map
of public & private regional camping facilities.

Canoeing and Kayaking:

Access this map ofarea launch sites

Fishing:

Numerous
lakes and rivers
provide many excellent angling opportunities

Golf:

Chooseamong the area’s 200 public and private golf courses

Hiking/backpacking trails:

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

Horseback Riding:

Here is anInteractive
map
of state riding facilities

River Rafting, Tubing:

New Hartford:Farmington River TubingWest Cornwall:Clarke
Outdoors

Rock Climbing:

Connecticut offers many challengingrock
climbing sites
andindoor practice facilities

Skiing, Snowboarding and Tubing:

Woodbury:Woodbury Ski AreaMiddlefield:Powder Ridge Holyoke
(MA):Mt. Tomski area

Skydiving

:Accomodationsfor first-time or veteran jumpers

Spelunking:

Central Connecticut Grotto;see also list ofCaves of
Connecticut

State Parks

: See thisinteractive mapshowing the numerous State Park facilities (with links to additional
information).

Swimming

:Public swimming beachesare available at 18 inland lakes and 4 shoreline
localities.

Tennis

:Interactive
map
of local tennis facilities

Arboretums, Nature Centers,
Zoos, etc.

General

: Connecticutwaterfalls

Miscellaneous links

: ConnecticutAudubon Society ConnecticutDepartment of Environmental
Protection
Joshua’s
Tract
Conservation and Historic Trust Long Island Soundstudy
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

Mystic:

Denison Pequotsepos Nature
Center
New Canaan:New Canaan
Nature Center

New London:

The
Connecticut College Arboretum

Norwalk:

The
Maritime Aquarium

Redding:

Highstead
Arboretum

Stamford:

Bartlett Arboretum

Willimantic:

Eastern
Connecticut State University Arboretum

Boston (MA):

Arnold
Arboretum

Boston (MA):

New England
Aquarium

Framingham (MA):

Garden-in-the-Woods

– Home of the

New England Wildflower
Society

Northampton (MA):

Smith College Botanic Garden

Stockbridge (MA):

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Boyleston (MA):

Tower Hill
Botanic Garden

Providence (RI):

Roger Williams Park
Zoo

Gardening:

General: Use
thisinteractive
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 & WomenUConn Huskies(Gampel Pavillion/XL Center)
Boston (MA):Boston Celtics(TD
Garden) New York (NY):New
York 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

: TheConnecticut PGAsite has
tournament and other information Cromwell: See Information on theTravelers Championship

Hockey

: Hartford:Connecticut
Whale
(XL Center) Boston (MA):Boston
Bruins
(TD Garden) Newark (NJ):New Jersey
Devils
(Prudential Center)

Soccer

: Storrs: Men & WomenUConn 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:SearchConnecticut
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):MansionsandCliff Walk

Art, History & Science Museums

: refer
to thisinteractive
area map
orsearch

for

Connecticut Museum s Selected Sites (CT): Bridgeport

:

Housatonic Museum of Art

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 Trolley
Museum
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
andGlass
Flowers
Exhibit

Cultural Resources:

General

: Connecticut’sHeritage Gateway
ConnecticutHistorical
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 Together

East 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
Hartford: Spanish Americanmerchant’s
directory
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: Fortunoff 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 ofalternative
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: TheQuick Center
for the Arts
has featured a number of great jazz artists like Luciana
Souza, Jacky Terrasson, Hiromi Uehara, Chucho Valdés and Cedar Walton.
Hartford: TheBushnell Performing Arts
Center
periodically hosts jazz performances by such prestigious names as
Chris Botti, Eliane Elias, Kurt Elling, Isaac Hayes, Pat Methaney, and The
Preservation HallJazzBand. Hartford: TheHartford Artist’s Collectivewas founded
by the late saxophonist Jackie McLean to promote local development of the
arts. Its regular performances have included such jazz greats as

Kenny Barron,

Terence Blanchard, Jack DeJohnette, The Heath Brothers,
Carmen Lundy, Wynton Marsalis, James Moody, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, and

Cedar Walton

. Hartford: The

Hartford
Jazz Society
sponsorsMonday Night
Jazz
performances during the summer months and Monday nightJazz Jamsat Black-eyed Sally’s club in
Hartford. Hartford: TheHartford Festival of Jazz

(now in its 21st year) is held in late July and has featured such
notable performers as Ahmad Jamal , Dave Brubeck, Chuck Mangione, Joe Sample,
McCoy Tyner, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, The Rippingtons, The Duke Ellington
Orchestra, and The Heath Brothers. Storrs: UConn’sJorgensen Center for the Performing
Arts
routinely schedules appearances by virtuosos like Kenny Barron, Gary
Burton, Chic Corea, Herbie Hancock, Dave Holland, Al Jarreau, and Chucho
Valdés. Mashantucket:Foxwoods Casinoperiodically
hosts jazz/blues performances by artists who have included Harry Connick Jr.,
Larissa Dolina, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, Krisanthi Pappas and Johnny
Winter. Middletown: Wesleyan University’sCenter for the Artsis renowned for its
“World Music” program and has hosted performances by Kenny Barron, Anthony
Braxton (faculty), Jay Hoggard, Charles Lloyd, and Max Roach Montville:
TheMohegan
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
featureslive
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 clubs
in 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):

TanglewoodMusic Center (MA) is
home to the Boston Pops and routinely features outstanding jazz musicians
like Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis. Each year (and for the past 24
years) Tanglewood sponsors aLabor
Day Jazz festival
Northampton (MA): TheCalvin Theatrehas featured
outstanding artists such as Return to Forever, Paul Lieberman, Karrin
Allyson, Gretchen Parlato, Bill Frisell, and the Mahavishnu Project. Montreal
(Quebec): TheMontreal Jazz Festival
takes place each year with world class jazz entertainment (only a 6-hour
drive from Connecticut).

Shopping:

General:

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: Comprehensivedirectoryandinteractive
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’s

Storrs 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

(Indian cuisine) Storrs Mansfield:

Starbucks Coffee

Storrs Mansfield:

D P Dough

Storrs Mansfield:

Randy’s Wooster St Pizza Shop

Willington:

Willington Pizza House