Winter Adventures in Connecticut

By Melissa Vitrella


Don’t let the chillier temperatures keep you indoors…take advantage of this year’s milder winter to take in the fresh air and sunshine!

Don’t let the chillier temperatures keep you indoors…take advantage of this year’s milder winter to take in the fresh air and sunshine!


Sometimes when the temperatures drop, it is easy to get into a habit of hunkering down and hibernating for the winter. The shorter days make sunlight a precious commodity, yet sometimes the chilly winds and snow can make getting out and about somewhat less than inviting.

The winter months are one-fourth of the year, though, so we don’t want to miss out on all the great places Connecticut has to offer one quarter of the time! While warm breezes and singing birds aren’t beckoning us to come out to play, there is still an abundance of fun to be had in our frosty landscape. Outdoors, or going out to go indoors someplace new—just get out there—don’t be like the groundhog running back to it’s hole to wait for spring!

Fun In The Great Outdoors

Of course when we think of winter, we think of the obvious….skiing! Click here for a list of places to ski in CT . And if you like skiing, be sure to check out the Salsbury Jumpfest Ski Jump Event website.

The hilly landscape in Connecticut makes for great hiking, and my favorite source for all information about state parks is the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website.

Did you realize the zoo is open all year long? Take advantage of this year’s warmer weather and go visit your furry friends at the Beardsley Zoo. While you’re there, it’s a known fact that it’s a great place for sledding!

This is the time of year when the maple trees are being tapped to make New England’s signature breakfast condiment. The Connecticut Maple Sugarhouse Guide is a great source for information on where to go to see how Maple Syrup is made, and to sample and purchase fresh, local maple delicacies.

It’s easier to retain warmth than to warm up once you lose it. The key to staying warm is to dress in multiple layers, like an onion. Lightweight down jackets are a great option to keep you warm without weighing you down or restricting movement.

It’s easier to retain warmth than to warm up once you lose it. The key to staying warm is to dress in multiple
layers, like an onion.

Indoor Sports

We have some really great indoor sports facilities for beating the winter blues! A favorite place that has something for everyone is the SportsCenter of Connecticut, located in Shelton. They have it all, all year long! Their website boasts, “SportsCenter of Connecticut is a unique family entertainment experience, featuring a weather-protected Golf Driving Range, 18-hole Mini-Golf course, themed Laser Tag arena, Interactive Bowling Alleys, Game Zone Video Arcade, Baseball/Softball Batting Cages, Target Paintball, Brushstroke Painting, and the world’s only double-decker ice-skating arena — and a whole lot more!”

Coco Key Indoor Water Park Resort is a family-oriented option if you want to forget it’s winter altogether. Trade your snow boots in for swim trunks and have a play day in the water park, or if one day isn’t enough, book a stay-cation in the resort hotel.
Rockin Jump Trampoline Park in Trumbull is every kid’s dream! Bounce around for hours and get fit while you play! There is also dodgeball, a foam pit, and other adventurous features to enjoy.
For a truly unique experience indoor sporting, visit Jordan’s Furniture where above the furniture showroom, there is the world’s largest indoor ropes course! It has to be seen to be believed! They also have pizza and ice cream available. How cool is that?!


There are some interesting and unexpected museums to explore in Connecticut. In fact, we have many! The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers the classic museum experience, and The Maritime Aquarium is a favorite place for the whole family to learn about the Long Island Sound, and get up close to all kinds of aquatic animals. Mystic Aquarium and Mystic Seaport make for two neat places to visit in one day-trip.
For a hands-on day of scientific adventures, head out to either the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, or the Discovery Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport. For an excursion off the beaten path, take a 20-minute train ride at the Danbury Railway Museum. Have you ever been fascinated by a clever little bobble-headed candy dispenser? Well, just up the road in Orange, you can make a sweet memory at the PEZ Visitor Center, the home of
the classic candy!

The Barnum Museum is a legendary southwest Connecticut landmark, and right now we have a unique opportunity to see it in a different light. After a tornado damaged the architectural wonder of the main historical building in 2010, all of the artifacts inside were moved into the adjoining 5,000 square foot People’s United Bank Gallery. Here, you can see the process of historical preservation of the artifacts in their “Recovery in Action!” and “Envisioning the Future!” exhibits.

Out After Sundown

Looking for a little fun for the grown-ups? Bet you will have a great time at Foxwoods Resort Casino or Mohegan Sun, where aside from testing your luck, you can enjoy world-class dining and entertainment.

In need of a little culture? The Greater Bridgeport Symphony is having a terrific season with tremendous orchestral performances. They recently performed “Beethoven’s Ninth” with the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut that brought the audience to their feet with loud cheering after the “Ode to Joy” finale. If you’re feeling more theatrical, the Westport Community Theatre has a number of plays and musicals in their performance season. For concerts of all music styles including more contemporary performances, the Oakdale Theatre is the place to go to for today’s most popular performers, as well as tribute bands.

What Are You Waiting For?

There is so much to do in Connecticut all year long, there is no need to wait for warm weather to have a great time. Our state is full of countless little gems of experiences just waiting to be found…not to mention, we are just a short train ride to New York City…but that’s for another blog entry…

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