Things To Do in Connecticut

One, Two, or Three Months of Kids' MMA Classes at Underdog Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 67% Off)

CrossFit Hartford

Parkville

$80 $29

Ages 8–13 gain learn self-defense techniques from pros in an MMA program that combines striking, wrestling, and Brazilian jujitsu grappling

$499 for a Half-Day Fishing Trip with Gear and Bait from Hoox It Charters ($1,250 Value)

Hoox It Charters

Hoox It

$1,250 $499

Fishers can pick up included gear and bait before heading out on the water

$11 for One Ticket to the 2014 American Gold Cup Show-Jumping Event at Old Salem Farm on September 13 or 14 ($22 Value)

2014 American Gold Cup

Old Salem Farm

$22 $11

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Top equestrians vie for more than $200,000 in prize money and qualifying points for the 2015 World Cup in a prestigious show-jumping event

$38 for Two Summer All-Day Passes at CoCo Key Water Resort ($68 Value)

CoCo Key Water Resort

Waterbury

$68 $38

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Passes grant all-day access to attractions such as water slides, water basketball, and an arcade

Ticket or VIP Package for Up to 10 to the Victory Cup at Beaver Creek Farm on September 6 (Up to 38% Off)

Victory Cup 2014

Beaver Creek Farm

$82.99 $55

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Annual polo match punctuates summer with a full day of fashion, drinks, and horseback competition, plus other events such as a car show

Utah-Gun-Permit Class for One or Two from Connecticut Firearms Training (Up to 50% Off)

Connecticut Firearms Training

New Milford

$145 $79

4-hour course led by expert instructors qualifies students to apply for a Utah concealed-carry-weapons permit, which is valid in 33 states

Amusement Park Outing for Two or Four with Souvenir Cups at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark (Up to 38% Off)

Quassy Amusement & Waterpark

Quassy Amusement Park

$62.50 $39

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Blast through a pitch-black tunnel on the Wooden Warrior coaster, spin like a top on the Trabant, and careen into friends on the bumper cars

$55 for Entry for One to Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race on Sunday, September 28 (Up to $110 Value)

Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race

Motocross 338

$110 $55

This obstacle-filled 5K has runners climbing walls and crawling through mud to reach a beer- and music-filled party at the finish line

Sublime with Rome Concert Package at Dome at Oakdale on August 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 54% Off)

Sublime with Rome

Dome at Oakdale

$87 $40

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Sublime with Rome grooves with classic hits including “Santeria” and “What I Got”

Jim Jefferies for Two with Drinks at Fox Theater on Saturday, July 12, at 11 p.m. (Up to 50% Off)

Jim Jefferies

Comix Box Office

$116 $58

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Australian comedian who's performed on Comedy Central and HBO delivers a conversational, curse-heavy routine

Peter Frampton at Ives Concert Park on Saturday, July 5, at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 47% Off)

Peter Frampton

Ives Concert Park

$38 $20

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Guitar legend behind seminal album Frampton Comes Alive! and hit "Baby, I Love Your Way" rocks out

Admission to Putnam County Wine & Food Fest for 1 or 2 on Saturday, August 2, or Sunday, August 3 (Up to 48% Off)

Putnam County Wine & Food Fest

Patterson Flea Market

$30 $16

Festival features tastings from local wineries, food and crafts vendors, a beer garden, and live music

Two Private 30-, 45-, or 60-Minute Voice, Drum, or Songwriting Lessons at Mother Brother Studios (Up to 50% Off)

Mother Brother Studios and MB Sounds

Bridgeport

$90 $45

Instructors teach fledgling musicians to write songs, sing their hearts out, or drum to the correct beat

2, 4, or 10 Visits to Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Up to 50% Off)

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Central Norwalk

$34 $17

Kids 10 and younger learn through play at a museum with an energy lab, light gallery, multimedia lab, and community garden

Glass-Blowing Class for One, Two, or Four at Hotspot Glass Studio (Up to 54% Off)

Hotspot Glass Studio

Fairfield

$125 $65

Expert instructors guide students through turning glass-blowing pipes and choosing colors inside studio

"Magic Shadows" at Warner Theatre on Friday, September 12, at 8 p.m. (Up to 42% Off)

"Magic Shadows"

Warner Theatre

$33 $19

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Shadow-dance troupe from season 8 of America's Got Talent dazzles with its uncanny formations of cars, buildings, and camels

$15 for $30 Futsal Classes ages 10 to 12 — JPsoccer

Jpsoccer

Trumbull

$30 $15

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Weekday or Weekend Admission for Two or Four to Soarin' Indoors (Up to 54% Off)

Soarin' Indoors

Manchester

$37.90 $18

Adventure courses with rope bridges, high wires, and zip lines challenge visitors' stamina at an indoor park that emphasizes safety

One or Three Horseback-Riding Lessons at Avon Valley Show Stables (Up to 56% Off)

Avon Valley Show Stables

Avon

$135 $69

Students of all ages can learn the English Hunt Seat style; choose between 30-minute private lessons or 60-minute group lessons

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Vista Alegre, an eatery that opened in January 2013, serves up large portions of traditional Peruvian cuisine. Cooks marinate fresh seafood in lime juice to make refreshing ceviche, sauté pans of piquant Peruvian-style spaghetti, and grill rib-eye steaks to taste. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

438 Franklin Ave
Hartford,
CT
US

Vertical Addiction instructors believe working out doesn't have to be a bore. In fact, their pole fitness routines don't just offer a great aerobic workout—they're also a great way to have fun and feel sexy while building a strong, toned body. Inside the studio, students of all ages and abilities learn how to perform everything from basic spins to complex tricks, and classes are split by skill level in order to allow students to progress at their own pace. For those more interested in performance than fitness, pole dancing classes teach short, choreographed routines to help students to gain fluidity in their movements, while routine choreography classes are also available to help students build their own routine for a showcase or competition against a squad of local firefighters.

1100 High Ridge Road
Stamford,
CT
US

Seated on red leather bar stools, guests at Silver Star Diner sip on fresh-brewed coffee and peruse a menu of comfort cuisine such as half-pound burgers, deli sandwiches, and breakfast skillets. In addition to hearty diner staples, guests can sample a rotating selection of pastries, which are baked on-site daily. Diners can order anything off the menu regardless of the time of day or lunar cycle.

210 Connecticut Ave
Norwalk,
CT
US

In a way, Fun Factor creates excitement out of thin air. The staff at the indoor kids playground pump this air, commonly known as lazy wind, into oversized slides and obstacle courses. Instead of weights or cardio machines, Fun Factor gets kids heart rates up with slides, obstacle courses, and a wide-open jump space.

The fun spills into other areas as well. On one side of the facility, skee-ball machines and other classic arcade games spit out redemption tickets, which players exchange for prizes. Elsewhere, a 2,500-square-foot toddlers-only section caters to the youngest visitors with age-appropriate toys and a smaller obstacle course. Naturally, Fun Factor is an ideal spot for birthday parties, especially for kids age 2 to 12.

1106 Federal Rd
Brookfield,
CT
US

The experts at Yarnover help knitters of all skill levels learn basic and advanced techniques in knitting classes, as well as help those comfortable enough to knit by themselves navigate the shop and secure buttons, needle cases, and colorful royal alpaca, mulberry silk, or baby llama yarn. During the hands-on classes, students progress at their own pace as they take in wisdom and pointers from experienced teachers and broaden the knowledge of their hands and muscle memory. Guests can also stop by to sharpen their skills and talk trash about crocheters at a free knitting circle held every Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.

55 Wintonbury Mall
Bloomfield,
CT
US

More than 100 years ago, a simple pegged beam house stood quietly under the shade of a towering hawthorn tree. As the 1930s approached, the house's owners saw its potential as lodging for travelers between New York and Boston. The inn's popularity grew over time, and staffers transformed its old rooms into private dining rooms and banquet halls. Though the tree has since been uprooted, the original inn now sits atop the first-floor restaurant at Hawthorne Inn—which reminds visitors of its past with classic architecture while welcoming the present with contemporary design elements and one robot hostess. In some rooms, rectangular, art-deco-style lamps light warm yellow walls above plush banquettes. Eight banquet halls with reconfigurable seating welcome wedding receptions and conferences. Within each of these spaces, servers ferry the master chef's creations of grilled steaks, seafood dishes, and pastas tossed with seasonal vegetables to low-lit corners and private tables. Inside the casual Bar 2421 space, bartenders craft traditional cocktails and fill glasses or wide pant legs with frothy pours of domestic and imported beers. Live entertainment is also available on Friday and Saturday nights.

2421 Berlin Tpke
Berlin,
CT
US