Basketball in Connecticut

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As the top affiliate of the New York Islanders, the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers continue their tear through the 2010-2011 season and their quest for the Atlantic Division crown with a pair of upcoming home game. With the first game, ice enthusiasts can cool their heels with kith and kin and watch team points leader Rhett Rakhshani go toe-to-toe with Springfield’s top-scoring Matt Calvert in the battle for center ice. In the second game, catch goalie Kevin Poulin and his ability to send pucks into the 8th dimension as he tries to stop sneaky Portland winger Mark Mancari. Aside from the hard-hitting ice action, Sound Tiger fanatic families can catch the zany antics of Storm, Bridgeport Sound’s lovable blue tiger mascot.

600 Main Street
Bridgeport,
CT
US

Winners of back-to-back conference championships, the Yale men's hockey team earned NCAA tournament appearances during the past two seasons, and is off to one of its best ever starts this season that includes a No. 1 national ranking. Rattle the bleachers with feet twitching in excitement as coach Keith Allain leads a Bulldogs charge against the Holy Cross Crusaders on January 2. Alternately, marvel at the scoring prowess of senior forwards Broc Little and Chris Cahill as they take on the Colgate Crusaders in the season's penultimate game on February 25. Whichever game is attended, fans will leave the rink with their heads buzzing and dreams filled with fleets of obedient zambonis.

20 Tower Pkwy
New Haven,
CT
US

Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.

1 Blachley Road
Stamford,
CT
US

New Britain-Berlin YMCA's 90,000-square-foot complex helps members improve their lives through community programs, personal training programs, and a variety of fitness facilities, including a new massage studio. Besides bulking up on full circuit of Nautilus strength equipment or powering through Precor treadmills, steppers, and ellipticals, visitors can join friends for games of basketball in the double gymnasium or chuck tomatoes at the walls of five on-site racquetball courts. The clear waters of the 25-yard swimming pool parallel the mirrored walls of an 800-square-foot fitness studio, where members can partake in several health and wellness programs throughout the week.

362 Main St.
Kinsington,
CT
US

Body Temple Fitness treats the body as something worthy of worship. The studio's team of certified trainers works one-on-one with clients?or leads groups during classes that range from upbeat Zumba to restorative yoga and toning kettlebells. Integrating these fitness approaches with nutritional counseling, the staff helps guests shed pounds, gain muscle, or tone their physiques.

500 Main Street
Middlefield,
CT
US

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Established: 2014

Staff Size: 11?25 people

Parking: Parking lot

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Recommended Age Group: 7 and up

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Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Zip lines

Q&A with the Manager

Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?

That Red's Tavern is located very close to the ropes course for people who want to eat afterwards.

I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?

Safety is our top priority. The smart belay harness system has two carabiner clips; when one is removed the other one stays locked in at all times. Before adventuring through the courses, one of our staff members will give you a brief training seminar.

What is the experience customers can expect, and how do you make it special?

Nomads Outdoor Adventure is Connecticut's new and exciting family-owned aerial adventure park. Platforms are constructed in the trees and connected by obstacles all over 9 acres of land. Get ready to be challenged by our rope bridges, free fall, skateboard, zip lines and more.

100 Bidwell Rd.
South Windsor,
CT
US