Things To Do In Manchester

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

Muvement

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

45% Off Martial Arts

Unity Karate & Holistic Arts

Manchester

$125 $69

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Up to 82% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Us Taekwondo

US Taekwondo

Center

$139 $29

Students build self-confidence, discipline, and self-defense skills while improving their physical fitness in martial-arts classes

Up to 54% Off at an Aerial Adventure Park

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

Up to 66% Off Classes and Uniform at White Tiger Taekwon-Do

White Tiger Taekwon-Do

Bowers

$155 $59

Instructors here take students under their wing to help them reach goals, be they physical or mental

Up to 64% Off at Dragon Karate

Dragon Karate

Manchester

$60 $29

Kids, teens, and adults are introduced to the sport of karate during classes led by Sensei Cheryl

Up to 65% Off Martial Arts Classes with Uniform

The Academy of Martial Arts & Personal Development

Manchester

$99 $35

Black belt masters lead students of all ages through self-defense techniques of tae kwon do, hapkido, and cardio-kickboxing

Half Off an Indoor Rock-Climbing Package for Two

Stone Age Rock Gym

Manchester

$118.50 $59.25

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Climbers learn the basics during an instruction course before taking on walls aided by a suite of rented gear

Up to 75% Off Thai Kickboxing or Jiu-Jitsu Classes 

Manchester Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Manchester

$100 $25

Self-defense-focused jiu-jitsu classes or muay thai kickboxing classes for kids or adults

Up to 63% Off a Wild-Food and Ecology Tour

"Wildman" Steve Brill

Multiple Locations

$40 $20

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Forage for wild mushrooms, salad greens, fruits, berries, and medicinal herbs while learning about the ecology of local parks and open space

Up to 82% Off Injury-Prevention Training

Movement Training by Design

Manchester

$180 $35

Individualized training reduces the risk of injury by addressing a client's flexibility, stability, strength, endurance, and power

Up to 51% Off Guitar or Music and Drama Camp

The MusicMakers Academy

Manchester

$130 $65

Campers perform a guitar concert or a musical play at the end of a week spent learning related skills

Parkade Cinemas – Up to 49% Off Movies

Parkade Cinemas

Center

$26 $17

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Second-run movies such as Gravity in a community movie theater; popcorn and drinks included

50% Off CrossFit

Crossfit Thin Blue Line

Buckley

$149 $75

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Bolton Ice Palace ditches the red carpet in favor of a sprawling, 200’x85’ rink that has sent New England skaters twirling across its surface for the past four decades. Typically open seven days per week for public sessions, the facility luxuriates each visit with modern amenities, including four locker rooms, a full-service vending room, and an onsite pro shop. Youth and men’s hockey leagues consistently rub elbows with the boards, and learn-to-skate programs—designed by U.S. Figure Skating—help pintsize and full-size gliders alike become comfortable atop their blades. Customers can also rent out the Palace, turning it into a private event space to host birthdays, work functions, or to more accurately pinpoint the location of the zamboni operator’s forlorn howls.

145 Hopriver Rd
Bolton,
CT
US

Equipment: Top Ten, Macho, Century, Top Pro
Students should bring: Uniform, sparring gear, water bottle, and a towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Established: 1993
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot

135 South Main Street
Manchester,
CT
US

Visitors never have to wait in line to workout at Cardio Express—each of the six clubs boasts a ton of Cybex strength-training machinery, an arsenal of free weights, and more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment affixed with personal 15-inch television screens. Compassionate instructors imbue gym visits with a human element as well, leading classes such as Core Fusion, Total Tone circuit training, and spinning sessions at the Southington, Vernon, and Manchester locations. Each year, the staff members carry the same motivational energy they use in their studios to recruit members and friends for the Multiple Sclerosis Bike Tour. Cardio Express has raised a grand total of nearly $400,000, and it also acts as title sponsor for the 2012 benefit.

234 Talcottville Rd
Vernon Rockville,
CT
US

Muvement is as much a gym as it is a physical-fitness lab. Certified strength and conditioning specialist Michael Houle and Jill Houle, who holds a BS in nutritional science, team up to invest clients with practical workout regimens and an intimate knowledge of how the body works on a physiological level. Before new clients lift their first weight at the studio, a personal trainer consults with them about their exercise and health history and runs physical assessments and lab tests to identify potential obstacles related to the immune, digestive, hormonal, and detoxification systems. Next, Jill draws on her background as a professional nutritionist to recommend a diet suited to the client’s unique metabolism, and explains how the body breaks down calories and nutrients. Even their fitness regimens take a holistic approach. Whether in group or personal-training sessions, functional movements using resistance bands, TRX suspension, and kettlebells incorporate multiple muscle groups and joints into each exercise, building a physique more balanced than two eggs riding a seesaw during the spring equinox.

52 Main St
Manchester,
CT
US

Court House Fitness & Wellness boasts more than 40,000 square feet of conditioning facilities and equipment, as well as an array of tailored wellness programs, supplying gym-goers with a direct conduit to a healthy lifestyle. A sprawling floor of free weights, cardio equipment, and strength machines allows visitors to fly solo. Group fitness instructors lead more than 110 classes a week, including the Latin calorie conquistador Zumba and mind-body benders yoga and Pilates. Basketball, volleyball, and racquetball courts sing their competitive siren songs to athletic passers-by, and an 86-degree pool hosts an array of rousingly submersible activities. During the four one-on-one personal-training sessions, certified muscle-molders develop an exercise routine, teach proper form, and push clients to succeed at their fitness goals. The gym keeps the same hours of operation for every day on the Gregorian and Mischievous Kitten calendars.

47 Hartford Tpke
Vernon Rockville,
CT
US

The first Funny Bone location opened in 1982 and has spread infectious laughter ever since. Established stars such as Drew Carey and Jerry Seinfeld have graced the clubs’ stages, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. The venue also plays host to a full-service bar, where patrons may steep their sorrows in calming brews, then ingest them triumphantly.

194 Buckland Hills Dr.
Manchester,
CT
US