Things To Do in Connecticut

Joker's Wild Comedy Club – Up to 52% Off

Joker's Wild Comedy Club

$52 $25

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Patrons savor hot or cold antipasto platters while local and national headlining comedians fill the air with laughter

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 56% Off Holistic Wellness Fair

Multiple Locations

$100 $49

Take in the latest in holistic wellness from practitioners specializing in intuitive reading, life coaching, and various forms of bodywork

58% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons in North Salem

North Salem

$65 $29

Bustling horse farm hosts riding lessons in various disciplines in an open outdoor ring or airy indoor riding arena

"Hair" – Up to 44% Off Musical

Palace Theater

$71.50 $43

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Tony Award–winning Broadway revival celebrates the cosmos and free love with such beloved songs as “Aquarius” and “Let the Sunshine In”

Up to 66% Off Ice Skating at SoNo Ice House

South Norwalk

$28 $10

Kids receive training from US Figure-Skating or Hockey Association coaches; groups hit the ice on state-of-the-art rinks with decks

Up to 63% Off Learn-to-Skate Packages

Danbury

$97 $39

Learn the basics of ice skating during weekly lessons and apply the skills on your own during public sessions

50% Go-Kart Racing at Checkered Flag Raceway

Berlin

$30 $15

Quarter-mile track sends racers zooming in one of three types of go-kart designs, with on-track computerized timer keeping score.

The New Children's Museum – Up to 44% Off

West Hartford

$29.50 $17

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Museum engages kids with hands-on and interactive activities and exhibits, including a wildlife sanctuary and planetarium shows

Up to 60% Off CrossFit and On-Ramp Classes at CrossFit Meriden

Meriden

$90 $45

Trainers design constantly changing workouts based on principles of strength training, plyometrics, cardio, and gymnastics

81% Off Unlimited Yoga Classes at Bristol CT Yoga

Located inside The Zen Den

$100 $19

Registered yoga teacher Nisha, who has completed 500 hours of training, leads classes including Vinyasa, Core Flow, and candlelight yoga

Up to 77% Off Muay Thai or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Hamden

$115 $39

Muay thai or Brazilian jiu jitsu classes; instructor learned from legendary Gracie family

Up to 87% Off Classes at Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios

Multiple Locations

$225 $29

Shaolin-certified instructors teach students of any age how to defend themselves and build confidence

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

West Haven

$315 $173

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

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Up to 50% Off Bounce House Sessions and Party at BounceU

Stratford

$10 $5

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

49% Off Martial Arts

East Hartford

$99 $50

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

Up to 52% Off Chocolate-Making Class

Middletown

$160 $80

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Learn to temper chocolate and craft ganaches while sipping champagne before taking home samples

Half Off High-Speed Ferrari or Lamborghini Drive

Multiple Locations

$249 $125

A closed-course drive in an exotic car with a 500 hp. engine is captured on film

64% Off Classes at Studio V Fitness

Shelton

$70 $25

Trainers lead myriad classes such as Zumba, fitness yoga, TRX suspension traning, and Spinning

"All Shook Up" – Up to 40% Off Rock Musical

Warner Theatre

$26 $16

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Based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this musical comedy of errors sets romantic entanglement to a soundtrack of Elvis hits

Up to 88% Off from TryKickboxingNow.com

Hanko Ryu Martial Arts

$100 $15

Trainers blend muay thai and American-style kickboxing with circuit training to blast away calories

Half Off Horseback-Riding Lessons in Amenia

Amenia

$50 $25

Hands-on horseback-riding lessons encourage students to learn how to groom, tack and ride horses

Up to 51% Off Tennis Clinics

Glastonbury Center

$28 $15

Tennis players of any level can sign up for a clinic led by pros that teach the skills needed to improve strokes and game performance

51% Off Yoga at Balanced Body Chiropractic Center

Naugatuck

$120 $59

Yoga classes help burgeoning students explore exercise, breathing, and meditation to strengthen both their minds and bodies

92% Off Gym Membership to Big Sky Fitness

Multiple Locations

$329 $25

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Personal trainers root routines in science, propelling clients to noticeable results with the help of fitness classes and healthy shakes

92% Off Gym Membership to Big Sky Fitness

Multiple Locations

$329 $25

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Personal trainers root routines in science, propelling clients to noticeable results with the help of fitness classes and healthy shakes

Half Off at The Fairways Driving Range

Branford

$26 $13

Both grass and mat hitting tees facilitate swing improvements for golfers of all stripes at facility with covered and uncovered areas

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Multiple Locations

$54 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut – 32% Off

East Lyme

$28 $19

Children build a skyscraper, learn about new cultures, and explore the sciences with hands-on exhibits

45% Off Personal Training

Wethersfield

$400 $220

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

53% Off Horseback Riding

Mansfield

$350 $165

Kids learn basics of horseback riding with friendly animals on a scenic farm

Up to 53% Off Private Fitness Training on Beach

Westport

$90 $45

At a local beach, personal trainer Beryl Edelman guides one-on-one workouts supplemented by a nutritional consultation

Up to 63% Off Pilates Reformer Classes

Farmington

$105 $39

Pilates Reformer classes, which target beginners as well as more experienced students, burn calories and create lean, sculpted bodies

71% Off Group Personal-Training Sessions

Pride Fitness

$85 $25

Personal trainer specializes in core training, balance, flexibility and TRX suspension exercises

55% Off Martial Arts

North Windham

$138 $62

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

Up to 83% Off CrossFit Classes

Guilford

$225 $39

Certified trainers help guests build basic skills in introductory On-Ramp classes, then ramp up to intense CrossFit sessions

Up to 76% Off at Elements Yoga and Wellness Center

Darien

$195 $49

Experienced instructors lead alignment-focused flow classes that promote strength, flexibility, and sense of calm; prenatal option available

Up to 53% Off Outdoor Fun in Woodbury

Woodbury

$79 $39

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Visitors enjoy activities such as swimming, tubing, ziplining, or rolling down a mountain inside a giant inflatable sphere

70% Off Brazilian Jujitsu Classes 

Clinton

$100 $30

An instructor trained by Renzo Gracie, a member of brazilian jujitsu’s founding family, emphasizes on-ground combat

Up to 59% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Wallingford

$95 $39

Black-belt instructors teach kids and adults the practical self-defense tactics of budo taijutsu

45% Off Personal Training

Plainville

$150 $83

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

Up to 67% Off CrossFit

Putnam

$300 $99

Coaches teach the fundamentals of CrossFit before engaging them in full classes; classes feature a system of intense functional exercises

52% Off Two-Hour Crossbow Lesson

Bethany

$60 $29

A certified instructor teaches crossbow basics such as caring for gear, the parts of the bow, and how to shoot

Up to 51% Off Standup Comedy

Comix At Foxwoods Comedy Club

$65 $32

Resort-casino comedy club tickles funny bones with nationally touring comedians

Up to 80% Off Fitness or Martial-Arts Classes

Tolland

$150 $45

Cardio kickboxing features fast-paced routines, boot camp includes cardio and strength training, and martial arts teaches self-defense

Up to 74% Off One Month of Martial-Arts Classes

Stonington

$150 $40

Karate, aiki jujitsu, iaijutsu, and more taught to children or adults according to Japanese and Okinawan martial-arts traditions

Up to 50% Off Bounce House Sessions and Party at BounceU

North Branford

$12 $6

Inflatable playground offers kids a safe and secure place to play and bounce

Up to 56% Off at Dharma Yoga Center

Orange

$100 $49

Students participate in everything from gentle Range and Motion classes to advanced classes utilizing poses created by Sri Dharma Mittra

Up to 61% Off Golf Instruction

Cromwell

$75 $29

Proper swing mechanics and hand-eye coordination constitute the focal points of instructional sessions from a Class A PGA member

Alumni Sprints Regatta — 43% Off Finish-Line Party

Todd's Point

$52.24 $30

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World-class rowers race in Cottage Grove before a finish line party punctuates the weekend in celebratory fashion

Up to 74% Off CrossFit Intro or Advanced Classes

East Windsor

$195 $59

Coaches cover the basic movements of CrossFit workouts in on-ramp classes; regular classes group these movements into challenging routines

Up to 67% Off Boot Camp

Thomaston

$99 $39

High-energy classes include intense 45-minute workouts that use tires, gymnastics rings, and weightlifting to strengthen the entire body

Up to 51% Off Racing Experiences

Stafford Motor Speedway

$99 $49

Professional drivers sate passengers' need for speed in stock cars during exciting ride-alongs and racing experiences

Up to 54% Off Sailboat Charters

Salisbury

$90 $45

With more the 50 years of sailing experience, Nina Anderson captains her 21' cabin sailboat on Twin Lakes for evening charters

Up to 70% Off Martial Arts Classes at New England Rendokan

Multiple Locations

$140 $49

Techniques are based on Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate, jujitsu, and Kobudo—weaponry—and teach students control, self-esteem, and respect

Up to 85% Off Dance Lessons or Zumba

Mystic

$190 $30

Dancers step out on the floor during private lessons or pair up at social dance parties; Zumba classes combine fun moves with a workout

Up to 45% Off Harbor Cruises from Schooner Inc

New Haven

$30 $17

The Quinnipiack, central Connecticut's only traditionally rigged tall ship, glides across the New Haven harbor, offering relaxing views

The Mark Twain House and Museum – Up to 46% Off

Asylum Hill

$36 $20

The house of literary legend Samuel Clemens casts a light on his personality and career as well as America in the 19th century

60% Off Half-Day Fishing Trip

Hoox It

$1,250 $499

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

Up to 57% Off at Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden

North Salem

$10 $7

Art gallery, cultural programs, and kids' events based around Eastern and Western traditions; Japanese garden meanders through the grounds

Up to 54% Off at Extreme Paintball

Waterbury

$79.98 $40

Six paintball fields stretch across 50 acres and are monitored by refs to ensure safe paintball excursions

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Norwalk

$368 $202

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

Piccadilly Circus – Up to 52% Off

Danbury Ice Arena

$51.70 $25

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Exotic animals, death-defying stunts, and chortle-inducing clowns roll into town for a 90-minute family-friendly spectacle

YWCA New Britain – Up to 53% Off Membership and Training

New Britain

$35 $17

Trainers help clients through an exercise regimen that includes circuit, cardio, and weight training; also track progress and set goals

45% Off Personal Training

West Hartford

$200 $110

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

Up to 69% Off Women’s Yoga Classes

Bristol

$150 $49

Expert instructors lead women of all fitness levels through gentle or power yoga classes

Up to 51% Off Music Lessons or Guitar Setup

Fairfield

$70 $34

Full-service music shop sets up and strings guitars and offers lessons for most instruments, including guitar, trumpet, violin, and drums

50% Off Services

West Haven

$80 $40

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

Up to 50% Off Utah Firearms-Certification Class

New Milford

$145 $79

During the four-hour course, expert instructors delve into gun safety, loading, storage, and transport

55% Off CrossFit

Stratford

$180 $81

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

Half Off Golf at Banner Country Club

Moodus

$84 $42

Carts traverse 6,015 yards of picturesque Connecticut countryside and golfers swat through tree-lined fairways and open pastures.

Up to 52% Off Italian Cooking Classes 

Dalice Elizabeth Winery

$75 $37

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Using Mediterranean sea salts and ingredients from local farmers, chefs teach the basics of preparing homestyle Italian cuisine

55% Off

Shelton

$100 $45

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

Up to 52% Off Wine Tasting for Two or Four

Litchfield

$24 $12

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Wine tasting includes a sampling of the cheese of the day, a cellar tour, and keepsake glasses

Up to 76% Off Boot-Camp Classes

Monroe

$100 $29

Participants receive a total-body workout in one-hour boot-camp classes, held three days a week

50% Off 8 Drop-in Classes

Glastonbury Center

$60 $30

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

Up to 88% Off Catalyst Boot Camp or Kids' After-School Fitness

Manchester

$234 $29

Boot camps build full-body muscle systems rather than isolated muscle groups; kids get fit and have fun as they learn about good nutrition

Up to 79% Off Classes at Yang's U.S. TaeKwonDo

Newington

$90 $19

Students ages four and up develop self-confidence and self-discipline as they master the art of taekwondo

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The interactive exhibits at Leduc #1 Energy Discovery Centre chronicle the impact of Alberta’s oil boom from the first drilling in 1947 to discoveries in the present day. Traipse back in time through the Centre’s collection of historical artifacts, letting eyes feast on a banquet of oil-patch memorabilia, rig equipment, and models. Or, ensconced in a theatre designed to look like a giant drill bit, visitors can embark on a virtual journey 1,700 meters below the earth's surface. A cadre of expert guides circulates throughout the exhibits, stopping to answer visitors’ questions such as, "How did oil transform Alberta’s formerly agrarian economy?" and "Does oil really hate water that much?" Guests may also meander through the Canadian Petroleum Hall of Fame, which pays homage to the enormous contributions of 124 petroleum-steeped pioneers and heroes through a series of photos and personal stories. Members of the Leduc #1 drilling crew and Hall of Famers have also been known to put in appearances at the Centre, regaling lucky day-trippers with tales of bygone years and reenactments of their favourite moments in oil’s 374-million-year history.

4450 Park Ave
Bridgeport,
CT
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The licensed guides at Ghosts of New York usher guests on fun and spooky walking tours starring some of the city's most infamous sites. Explore the Big Apple's eerie side with Ghosts of the City, which seeks out the spirits of Walt Whitman, P.T. Barnum, and Joe Piscopo's career. Literary buffs will thrill to the pursuit of Edgar Allan Poe and fellow Greenwich Village specters Aaron Burr, Eleanor Roosevelt, and her pet dog Fala, said to be chasing its insubstantial tail to this day. Seekers of more modern frightening fare may opt for the Ghosts of the Upper West Side tour, which starts from the Ghostbusters building and moves on to highlight the haunts of Irving Berlin and John Lennon. Check out the calendar to plan your tour.

1070 Chapel Street
New Haven,
CT
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Parents and children gaze at Curious George's antics on a movie screen, which is situated amid the same stencil work, pews, and fixtures that have decorated Charter Oak Cultural Center's building since its construction in 1876. Once the first synagogue to be built in Connecticut, it currently hosts the center's theatrical performances, film showings, and gallery exhibits, which all center around the idea that art is sustenance for the mind. With a belief that open and equal access to the arts fosters the community as a whole, it aims to enrich minds through four key activity types—artistic, cultural, educational, and historic preservation—that are often free. Its youth arts institute is endorsed by the Hartford Public Schools superintendent’s office and aims to supplement curricula with programs before, after, and after-after school. In adult-learning workshops, instructors advise on topics such as what to consider before going back to school, while the center's Homegrown Dance movement supports seven local companies.

21 Grand St
Hartford,
CT
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Many consider scuba diving a hobby or fun activity to do on vacation, but for Capt. Saam, it has become a lifestyle. He learned to scuba-dive more than 35 years ago and has gone on to not only establish his namesake scuba school but also obtain a US Coast Guard master license, teach scuba diving in Hawaii, and make regular tropical-dive trips. All of his scuba-diving and maritime experiences have pooled into a vast reservoir of knowledge which he passes on to his scuba-school crew—all of whom are NAUI- and PADI-certified instructors and dive masters. Together they immerse students in aquatic classes––both group and private––modeled after those practiced by police and fire-department scuba teams. They keep group lessons small—no more than seven students per session—to ensure personalized instruction and each student's safety.

Students develop their passion and ability to explore subaquatic terrains while also learning survival skills. They learn procedures to calmly handle accidents during first aid and safety courses, train to become lifeguards, or master the art of prying a friend out of a whale’s baleen. Those looking to clock in more hours exploring the ocean can opt for a local dive charter, which ferries 18-25 scuba divers and snorkelers aboard Capt. Saam's 34-foot Thompson Trawler as it sets sail to a variety of diving locations, from Smith's Reef and Sheffield Island to Gwendolyn Steers Wreck.

Though Capt. Saam's is a scuba school first and foremost, the center also offers equipment rentals and tank fills at its full retail dive shop, tropical-dive trips to the Caribbean, and a ground aviation-training course that teaches students the basics of flight.

863 E Main St
Stamford,
CT
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Fitness Together isn't your usual gym. The locally owned franchise doesn't boast ultra-chic titles, avant-garde workout rooms, or elitist trainers. What it does do is help each exerciser achieve sustainable results via its goal-oriented philosophy and proprietary triple threat of resistance training, cardiovascular exercises, and nutritional knowledge. The Aspire 8 resistance program sculpts clients' physiques over the course of eight progressive phases through a one-year period dotted with individual goals. Cardio Together presents personalized programs designed and tracked by a certified trainer, and Nutrition Together crafts a plan for healthy living that doesn't involve water imported from Canada’s fountain of youth and includes the help of one-on-one meetings with a nutritionist.

33 East Ave
New Canaan,
CT
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Laser Planet's sprawling facility hosts a trio of attractions: laser tag, black-light mini golf, and an arcade. Competitors don vests and equip their laser-emitting weapons before heading into the multi-level laser-tag arena, where they'll be met with techno music, fog, and strobe lights, as they navigate corridors and attempt to tag the other team in a game of PowerPoint de la muerte. Or, they can head to the mini-golf arena, where black lights illuminate bright colors, aliens, and astronauts positioned around the 10-hole course. Elsewhere, a video arcade presents digital challenges, as players grab joysticks and mash buttons gleefully. Additionally, Laser Planet also offers a host of parties and events, ranging from all-night lock-ins, to corporate team building, to birthdays.

2457 E Main St
Waterbury,
CT
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