Things To Do in Connecticut

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

Stamford Museum & Nature Center – Up to 50% Off Admission

Stamford

$20 $10

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Explore acres of hiking trails, visit a working farm, and check out the museum's newest exhibition

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 50% Off at Indoor Water Park

Waterbury

$38 $21

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Indoor water park maintained at 84 degrees with three 40-ft. slides, a lazy river, water basketball, and an arcade with more than 55 games

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 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

Up to 53% Off Comedy Magic Show

Trinity-On-Main

$17 $8

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A hypnotist and an illusionist stage a show filled with eye-popping acts and plenty of humor

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 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

45% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

West Haven

$315 $173

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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

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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

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

55% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Hartford

$110 $49

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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

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

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

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.

45% Off Personal Training

West Hartford

$200 $110

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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 58% Off Personal Training Sessions

Fairfield

$90 $45

A certified personal trainer helps clients reach their fitness goals in a space that boasts 2,000 square feet of equipment

50% Off Services

West Haven

$80 $40

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45% Off Fitness Classes

New Milford

$215 $118

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55% Off CrossFit

Stratford

$180 $81

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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.

52% Off New Haven Ghost Walk Tour

Downtown

$25 $12

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

Up to 67% Off Kids' MMA Classes at Underdog Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Parkville

$80 $29

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

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 67% Off Private Pilates Sessions

Pound Ridge

$125 $59

Pilates may help increase endurance, muscle strength, flexibility and rebalances the entire body.

Up to 65% Off at East Coast Training Systems

East Coast Training Systems

$115 $40

Martial arts instructors teach students of all ages and abilities American/Filipino Kun Tao techniques while motivating them to get fit

Fred Astaire Dance Studio – Up to 85% Off Lessons

Multiple Locations

$196 $30

Experienced instructors teach individuals or couples how to ballroom dance during private lessons

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

Up to 48% Off Golf at Simsbury Farms

West Simsbury

$113.50 $59

18-hole, par 72 course hosts tournaments including the Connecticut State Women's Amateur Championship

50% Toward One Month Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Classes

West Haven

$110 $55

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Up to 84% Off Fitness Classes at Team Strength BJJ

Milford

$200 $35

Students increase strength and flexibility via kettlebell exercises, or learn self-defense in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo sessions

67% Off Introductory Flight Package  

Multiple Locations

$299.25 $99

Take charge of an aircraft and learn flying basics with help from a certified instructor and a subscription to Flight Training magazine

Up to 55% Off Movie and Popcorn from Dealflicks

Multiple Locations

$20 $9

Customers enjoy $20 worth of Dealbucks, which they can use to buy movie tickets and concessions from Dealflicks.com

Up to 73% Off Fitness Classes at Fitizen

New Haven

$78 $25

Fitness classes that aim to improve student's mind and body; members receive a weight-loss assessment and online nutrition advice

44% Off Dance Lessons

Parkville

$45 $25

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Up to 77% Off Martial-Arts Classes with Uniform

Hope Street Shopping Center

$107 $29

Grandmaster with 32+ years' experience oversees contact and no-contact martial-arts classes to teach hand-eye coordination and burn calories

Up to 52% Off Racing Experience at The Racing School

Multiple Locations

$289 $139

Even people with no racing experience can get behind the wheel of a race-proven stock car and drive around a professional speedway

78% Off Classes at Israeli Krav Maga

Norwalk

$179 $39

Instructors teach the basics of krav maga, an Israeli self-defense discipline; includes access to fitness equipment and conditioning classes

Up to 53% Off Cycling Race

Brewster

$100 $50

Experienced and enthusiast cyclists alike tackle a 100- or 62-mi. bike ride

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

25% Off Membership to Edgewood Bath and Tennis Club

Middlebury

$1,836 $1,385

Families gain access to state-of-the art swim, tennis, and fitness facilities, with water-spray features and a playground for the kids

Up to 67% Off Pole Fitness Classes

Wooster Square / New Haven

$135 $49

Progress into challenging and graceful pole moves at your own pace while burning calories and staying fit

44% Off Yoga Classes

New Hartford

$18 $10

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Up to 86% Off Kids' Martial Arts Classes at C3 Athletics

West Side - Waterside - South End

$200 $29

Kids aged 5–11 participate in Brazilian jujitsu, boxing, and kickboxing classes where they learn self-defense and self-confidence

Up to 87% Off All-Day Paintball Package at Multiple Locations

Multiple Locations

$140 $19

Equipped with rental paintball guns and masks, groups vie for supremacy over outdoor fields

Up to 88% Off One-Month Gym-Membership Package

Norwalk

$378.70 $45

Instructors lead workouts that melt calories, boost energy levels, and sculpt muscles; personal-training sessions focus on individual goals

Up to 89% Off Martial Arts for Kids or Adults

Karate America

$160 $19

Dedicated instructors teach children and adults effective self-defense techniques that boost confidence

New Britain Museum of American Art – Up to 48% Off Admission

New Britain

$24 $13

Collection of 10,000 works of art includes oils, acrylics, and sculptures culled from more than 300 years of American artistic endeavors

61% Off Yoga Classes at The ATMA Center

West Hartford

$100 $39

Clients can heighten their physical conditioning as they sharpen their mental focus in myriad yoga classes available to a variety of levels

$12 for a Ghost Tour

Multiple Locations

$25 $12

Tour guides lead 90-minute strolls through haunted locales and tell tales of scandal with historical facts

Up to 71% Off Classes at Racquels Addiction Fitness

The Fitness Loft

$130 $39

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

80% Off One Month of Unlimited Kickboxing Classes

Multiple Locations

$239 $49

Channeling the art of muay thai, kickboxing classes train students to last through 60 minutes of intense hand, knee, and foot combat

63% Off Cardio Kickboxing Classes

Watertown

$40 $15

Burn calories and de-stress during one-hour kickboxing classes that teach self-defense, discipline, and centeredness

70% Off at Kong CrossFit

Norwalk

$165 $49

The CrossFit sessions change every day and are designed to provide well-rounded workouts scalable to all exercisers' capabilities

77% Off at Bikram Yoga Danbury

Danbury

$171 $39

Yogis of all skill levels sweat their way through 26 positions during 90-minute Bikram-yoga sessions

Up to 82% Off Self-Defense Camp

Multiple Locations

$270 $49

Instructors teach students how to defend themselves against larger opponents during two- or six-week camps

51% Off Kids' Boot Camp and Parkour Classes

The Playgroum

$69 $34

Boys and girls ages 8–12 can have fun and get fit in age-appropriate boot camp-style classes and ninja-inspired parkour classes

49% Off Introductory Flight Lesson at Fly GForce

South Meadows

$285 $145

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

Up to 88% Off Metabolic Strength-and-Conditioning Sessions

Multiple Locations

$133.50 $19

Cardio exercises and body-weight movements boost metabolism and sculpt the body; nutrition coaching and meal plan increase wellness

55% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Evolution Fitness

Multiple Locations

$100 $45

Indoor and outdoor interval routines use an array of mats, free weights, and nearby playground equipment to build strength and endurance

Up to 51% Off at My Three Sons Family Fun Center

Central Norwalk

$24 $12

Kids 10 aged and younger dodge laser beams in a black-lit maze, bounce in the inflatable Jumpy House, and eat made-from-scratch pizza

50% Off Services

Danbury

$90 $45

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50% Off

New Britain

$40 $20

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55% Off Martial-Arts Lessons

Avon

$150 $67

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Up to 77% Off Pole-Dance Classes

Downtown

$149.95 $39

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Engaging pole-dancing classes strengthen men or women while bolstering flexibility; parties introduce three to nine women to pole dancing

$13 for $20 Toward One Boxing Class

Harbor Point

$20 $13

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Select Local Merchants

In 2012, the Bluefish became the first team in Atlantic League history to reach 1,000 victories. It was a huge milestone for a franchise that today, stands as one of only two remaining charter teams throughout the entire league. The 'Fish initially brought baseball back to Park City in 1998, and advanced to the league championship series in a losing effort. A year later, though, they returned with their first league title after defeating the Somerset Patriots.

The team's early success established a winning tradition–in fact, the Bluefish didn't suffer their first losing season until their eighth year of existence. Winning hasn't been the only tradition in Bridgeport, however. The Bluefish battle the Long Island Ducks every season for the Ferry Cup, trying to establish regional supremacy on the baseball diamond instead of by firing a barrage of used baseballs across the Long Island Sound.

500 Main St
Bridgeport,
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The deep swell of rolling balls and cacophony of falling pins punctuate conversations at family-friendly Amity Bowl. After retrieving shoes and selecting spherical pin-bashing implements, pairs of guests will assume command of a lacquered lane for ten frames of relaxed collaboration or energetic competition. Partake in traditionally lit pin-thrashing, or revel in the dim splendor of cosmic bowling, which, like most leisure and every incident of smearing toothpaste in a friend's hair, occurs during the weekend. Two frosty cups of bubbly beverages may help reinvigorate wearied bowlers during the seventh-frame stretch. As an automated mouth at the lane’s end continues restocking its hourglass-shaped teeth, bowlers may also visit the snack bar to sink their own teeth into classic bowling-alley munchies.

30 Selden St
Woodbridge,
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
US

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