Things To Do In Hartford

$73 for Family Admission with 3D Movie Tickets to Connecticut Science Center ($93.80 Value)

Connecticut Science Center

Downtown

Access to more than 165 hands-on exhibits, live science demonstrations, and entrance to a 3D movie

$93.80 $73

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$88 for a Half-Day Fly Fishing Trip from Internal Network Group's Fly Fishing Adventures ($300 Value) 

Internal Network Group's Fly Fishing Adventures

Farmington River

Fly fishing guides ferry their guests to the parts of the Farmington River with the highest concentration of trout

$300 $88

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$20 for Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Four at Thomas Hooker Brewery ($36 Value)

Thomas Hooker Brewery

Bloomfield

Touring and tasting at local microbrewery on Saturday afternoons

$36 $20

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10 or 20 Fitness Classes at Racquels Addiction Fitness (Up to 76% Off)

Racquels Addiction Fitness

The Fitness Loft

A lineup of fun, focused fitness classes includes Zumba, piloxing, boot camp, circuit training, and more

$130 $33

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$145 for a One-Hour Introductory Flight Lesson at Fly GForce ($285 Value)

Fly GForce

South Meadows

Gold Seal–certified instructors school aspiring pilots during introductory flight lesson that includes 30 minutes of in-air training

$285 $145

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1, 5, or 10 Movie Tickets with Popcorn at Spotlight Theaters Front Street (50% Off)

Spotlight Theaters Front Street

Downtown

First-run feature films project across sprawling screens inside a new downtown theater

$16 $8

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$25 for a Guided Painting Night Admission from Paint Social Art ($45 Value)

Paint Social Art, LLC

Multiple Locations

Under the guidance of an experienced artist, guests reproduce copies of the night's painting while sipping drinks and listening to tunes

$45 $25

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Visit for Two or Four to The Mark Twain House and Museum (Up to 46% Off)

The Mark Twain House and Museum

Asylum Hill

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

$36 $20

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One, Two, or Three Months of Kids' MMA Classes at Underdog Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (Up to 77% Off)

CrossFit Hartford

Parkville

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

$80 $20

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$25 for $45 Worth of Dance Lessons — STUDIO860

Studio-8-sixty

Parkville

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

$45 $25

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Admission for Two or Four to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center (Up to 43% Off)

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Asylum Hill

Museum located in the home of the famed American author welcomes visitors with historic artifacts and furnishings

$20 $12

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$24 for Entry for Two to The Vaz Fashion & Beauty Affair at The Society Room on November 19 ($50 Value)

The Vaz Fashion & Beauty Affair

The Society Room—Downtown Hartford

Exhibitors proffer wares alongside makeovers, chances to socialize, and fashion showcases; a portion of the event’s proceeds go to charity

$50 $24

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Presale: Harlem Globetrotters Game at the XL Center on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. (Up to 40% Off)

Harlem Globetrotters

XL Center

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Ball-spinning antics abound as this world-famous exhibition basketball team dazzles in a comic and athletic performance

$69.25 $42

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Women of Faith: From Survival to Revival at XL Center on November 7–8 (Up to 30% Off)

Women of Faith: From Survival to Revival

XL Center

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A Bible-focused weekend of inspiration and entertainment, including music, speakers from churches around the world, and comedy

$99 $69

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$30 for Admission to the Masked Beauty Masquerade Ball from Beauty Entourage & Salon Alexander ($50 Value)

Beauty Entourage & Salon Alexander

The Society Room of Hartford

Fifth annual Avant Garde Hair & Makeup Show features performances, fashion show, and masquerade ball to benefit Wigs For Kids

$50 $30

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Interactive Haunted House Admission for One, Two, or Four from America Is Haunted (Up to 51% Off)

Hartford's Maze of Terror

Hartfords Maze of Terror

Come face to face with creatures ranging from eerie to gruesome

$35 $18

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Family-Friendly New Year's Eve Festival for Two Adults at First Night Hartford (42% Off)

First Night Hartford

Downtown

Ring in the new year with a family-friendly celebration of the arts that includes fireworks and music and drama performances

$24 $14

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Trans-Siberian Orchestra at XL Center on January 4 at 7:30 p.m. (Up to 34% Off)

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

XL Center

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Progressive-rock band known for its symphonic rock operas and pyrotechnics plays The Christmas Attic live for the first time

$78.75 $52

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Admission for Two or Four to a Ladies-Night Event on October 16 from Fun Girls Night Out (Up to 51% Off)

Fun Girls Night Out

Marquee Events Featuring the Gerson Fox Ballroom

Evening of glamor, beauty, fashion, and fun at a Hartford CT country club includes a martini bar, wine tastings, fashion shows, and prizes

$50 $25

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Hershey Theatre

The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.

61 Savitt Way
Hartford,
CT
US

At City Steam Brewery Cafe, the owners concoct some of the area’s finest beers, scoring “best of” awards from Hartford magazine and Connecticut Magazine. They also brew potent batches of laughter inside their 200-seat comedy show-room theater. Ensconced in the historic Brown Thomson and Co. building, which was the state’s largest department store in 1877, Brew Ha Ha once was known as the Last Laugh Comedy Club, where fledgling unknowns such as Ray Romano and Kevin James vied for laughs in the smoky rathskeller of a restaurant.

Reborn in 1997 under a new moniker, the standup speakeasy keeps its calendar packed with nationally touring comics and local joke slingers. During shows, guests can toast with mugs of handcrafted beer and make edible sculptures of their favorite comedian using menu’s custom burgers, pizzas, and omelets.

942 Main Street
Hartford,
CT
US

Thirty high-definition TVs airing sports games make Black Bear Saloon a destination for fans, who fuel up for fist pumps with a menu of American pub favorites. Beef, chicken, and salmon sliders, paired with crispy onion rings, are a pintsize alternative to burgers topped with a selection of gourmet ingredients such as roasted red peppers or avocado. Homemade marinara crowns flatbread pizzas and also serves as a sauce in which to slam-dunk deep-fried nuggets of mac 'n' cheese.

Hosted events are still another reason to visit: on Tuesday nights, the voices of karaoke singers wash over the bar's exposed-brick walls, and Wednesday trivia challenges guests to unearth factoids from their cerebral nooks and crannies. On the weekends, live DJs spin records as guests tap toes and shout requests for favorite Raffi songs from the pub's deep-brown booths.

187 Allyn St
Hartford,
CT
US

For three days, the Jacksonville International Car & Truck Show turns the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center into the nation’s most exciting parking lot. Deluxe rides from the likes of Lotus, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche dazzle attendees with sleek lines and plush interiors, and innovative autos such as the Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt show off their efficient electric engines. The newest models from more than 25 other manufacturers line the floor, doors open for guests to lean back in the seats or measure how large a ham can fit in the glove compartment. During daylight hours, a lineup of drivable cars idle outside to give curious patrons the chance to try their dream rides.

100 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford,
CT
US

Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.

166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford,
CT
US

Every New Year's Eve, the city of Hartford celebrates the upcoming year with First Night?a one-day festival of music, art, and dance. First Nights have been celebrated across the country since 1976 in Boston. As part of these celebrations, arts organizations from across the community come to perform their works in the lead up to midnight in a family-and-friends get-together. You can hear live music and comedy and view magic, dance, and street performers. You can also ring in the new year by staying up for fireworks displays at 6 p.m. and midnight in Bushnell Park that can be seen throughout the city, but not through those binoculars you made out of leftover confetti and streamers.

800 Main Street
Hartford,
CT
US