Things To Do In Southbury

One Month of Martial Arts with Four Semi-Private Lessons at Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios (Up to 87% Off)

Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios

Multiple Locations

$225 $29

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

One or Three Private Ballroom-Dance Lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio Southbury (Up to 76% Off)

Fred Astaire Dance Studio Southbury

Southbury

$95 $29

During private lessons, instructors teach students ballroom dance in a one-on-one setting

One or Three Months of Unlimited Tai Chi or Kickboxing Classes at Bushi Ban Martial Arts (Up to 59% Off)

Bushi Ban Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$69 $29.99

Flow through movements that silence tension and stress during tai chi classes, or get an invigorating, total-body workout during kickboxing

$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

70-Minute Orient Point Jet-Ski Tour for Two or Four from Peconic Jet Ski (Up to 43% Off)

Peconic Jet Ski

Peconic Jet Ski

$200 $129

On the way to Orient Beach State Park, follow your trusty guide as you take in lighthouses, wildlife, and the beauty of the open water

10 Kickboxing or Krav Maga Classes or One Month of Unlimited Classes at Tribury Karate & Fitness LLC (Up to 81% Off)

Tribury Karate & Fitness LLC

Southbury

$100 $29

Kickboxing challenges students to punch and kick through energized sessions; Krav Maga teaches street-effective self-defense techniques

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Don't be fooled. Though it looks like a relatively small coaster, the Wooden Warrior at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark packs some serious thrills. A turnaround through a pitch-black tunnel and ample amounts of "air time" have made this coaster a favorite for many; in fact, The Coaster Critic put it on the list of the top 25 wooden coasters in 2012. And that's just 1 of more than 20 attractions sprinkled across the park grounds.

Once home to a summer resort, Quassy Amusement Park first began with a picnic area, paddleboats and a carousel. But Quassy really took shape around 1952, when the owners purchased some children's rides. A couple of the rides are still around today, including a boat ride that skims the surface of a circular trough filled with water, and two-seat jet fighters that send flyers up in an aircraft worthy of Flash Gordon. Of course, new kids' attractions have arrived over the decades, including the Frog Hopper, a seating platform that soars up a 16-foot tower and then descends with a series of quick, gentle drops.

Other areas cater to the whole family. The Grand Carousel spins with jumping horses and other animals that have the patience to sit perfectly still.

The largest attraction at Quassy Amusement & Waterpark is Lake Quassapaug, and the park makes great use of its waterfront location. In addition to lounging on the beach, visitors can take a boat tour or charter their own voyages on paddle boats.

Inside tip: When not on rides, park visitors should play a game of Whac-A-Mole or order some ribs at Quassy Restaurant.


Take a virtual ride on the park's star attraction, the Wooden Warrior.

2132 Middlebury Rd.
Middlebury,
CT
US

Brothers Joey and Matt Flotteron know the waters around the North Fork like their own backyards. They would have to, since they've been exploring the Hamptons, Shelter Island, and Gardiners Bay by watercraft their whole lives. Putting that knowledge to good use, they now run Peconic Jet Ski and show others around their oceanic playground. In addition to renting out jet skis, they run tours around the area that show off gorgeous views, historic lighthouses, and local wildlife posing next to historic lighthouses. For those who want the thrill of the ocean but aren't ready to conquer a jet ski, the Peconic Jet Ski team also charters boats and rents out wakeboards, waterskis, and three-person tubes.

61600B Main Rd
Southold,
NY
US

At Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios, Grandmaster DeMasco and his staff of instructors illuminate students of all ages in the nuances of Martial Arts. Himself a vastly experienced practitioner of Martial Arts, DeMasco specializes in kung fu and teaches his pupils not only the fundamentals of the sport, but also the importance of self-respect, discipline, and not just learning from old kung fu movies. Each instructor here also brings their own high level of cred to their classes. As practitioners of Shaolin martial arts?the ancient predecessor of all martial arts?they're all internationally certified by the Shaolin Temple in China.

14 Church Hill Rd
Newtown,
CT
US

Cannon Ridge is a place where students can practice the deadly hand-to-hand combat maneuvers of krav maga in both morning and evening classes with executive protection specialist Chris Petitti. Within this 6,000-square-foot facility, an eclectic crew of trained professionals lead a well-rounded selection of self-defense and fitness classes such as basic and advanced krav maga, cardio, and weapon defense.

3 Simm Ln.
Newtown,
CT
US

In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes longed for a children's gym that prioritized personal growth over competition. Unveiled at a time when physical-education classes pushed students to focus almost exclusively on winning, Robin's program was swiftly adopted and is now used in more than 300 Little Gyms worldwide. Robin still pens original music to accompany lessons, which engage whippersnappers 4 months old?12 years old with gymnastics, dance, karate, and parent and child activities.

Each of The Little Gym's classes introduces simple movements that sharpen motor skills and set brains whirring, allowing kids to progress at their own pace until they can finally build a computer out of macaroni and glitter. Staff members strive to build a base for lifelong social skills and self-assurance with each exercise, including activities rooted purely in fun, such as summer camps or birthday parties, which helped The Little Gym to earn title of #1 Birthday Chain in Parents magazine.

266 South Main Street
Newtown,
CT
US

The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studio, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.

316 Main Street South
Southbury,
CT
US