A Hartford community staple since it was sculpted around the 1930s, Goodwin Park Golf Course peppers the countryside with 27 holes of various challenges. The main 18-hole, 6,015 yard course weaves among trees and gentle hills, offering three sets of tees for different handicaps, while a shorter 9-hole executive layout lets golfers squeeze in a round before their magic driver turns back into a useless tent pole.
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Centered Body Pilates offers a variety of core-controlling courses, which help students gain control over their flexibility, strength, and discipline. With plentiful windows and honey-toned hardwood floors, the studio facilitates deep focus on the Pilates craft. The method was created to develop and integrate core strength into the rest of the body, like a baker giving a gingerbread man a chiseled six-pack. Pilates is practiced either on floor mats or with a specialized Pilates Reformer. Students sit, kneel, stand, or lie on the gliding Reformer platform and use adjustable spring resistance to determine the power and the bounciness of their workout. The versatile Reformer can be used to strengthen the core, thighs, calves, upper arms, and shoulders. Each student gets to work on their own Reformer, eliminating the need for socially awkward tandem Pilates workouts. This exercise maintains a challenging intensity while staying easy on joints, making it suitable for all ages and body types.
Retired NFL cornerback Ty Law has exchanged the gridiron for a far more forgiving, far more buoyant playing field. At his vast Launch Trampoline Park, visitors of all ages bounce, flip, and twirl as they burn calories and defy gravity on six jumping courts—including one designed especially for kids and two for playing dodge ball—comprised of adjoining floor trampolines and angled wall trampolines. There’s also a mammoth foam pit so that you can be assured a soft landing should you attempt any feats of aerial wonder. Launch even encourages kids to bounce off the walls if they'd like, and it's one of the largest trampoline parks in Hartford.
As fitness remains one of Law’s top priorities, he offers fitness classes that provide low-impact workouts while incinerating up to 1,000 calories each bouncy hour. For those seeking a break from bouncing, the park has a redemption arcade and a full service café. Parents can keep an eye on their children from the second-floor observation deck.
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.
All Star Club members can boost both their athletic abilities and cash flow by brandishing Baseball City's modern equipment and by enrolling in classes at discounted rates. Budding MVPs bloom under the warming glow of several clinics, which impart lessons in hitting, fielding, pitching, and flagging down wandering peanut vendors. Resident trainers also host private sessions to give players the extra attention they need to excel at duet singing. Even without enrollment in lessons, members and their families benefit from unlimited use of the training area, a 10% discount in the pro shop, and the right to reserve batting cages in advance to prevent paraphrased renditions of "Who's On First."
Each of the five participating Connecticut Landmarks offers a glimpse inside the domestic lifestyles of the state's early settlers, patriots, and prominent citizens. Grab a three-cornered hat and a nerf musket before storming the grounds of any one of the landmarks with a compatriot, or choose the individual membership for admittance to each house as many times as desired throughout the year. Members also receive a free subscription to the Landmark News newsletter, invitations to special events, a 10% discount on all museum shops, and a discount subscription to Connecticut Explored, a magazine that chronicles Connecticut's history.