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Have you seen the movie “Night at the Museum”? What if you could spend a night in an aquarium? Or a science center? Or a tipi? Connecticut has so many amazing things to do when the sun shines, you might be surprised to find out how many cool things there are to do after the sun goes down. These are just a few of the great ideas for family fun after dark in Connecticut. Be sure to check each location’s website for upcoming event dates and times.
Featuring: Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Bear Creek Campground at Lake Compounce | Connecticut Science Center | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Essex Clipper Dinner Train | IT Adventure Ropes Course | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mystic Aquarium | The Mark Twain House & Museum
There's still time to escape the city this summer. And if you need any more motivation than the stifling heat, here are a dozen amazing experiences just waiting for you in Connecticut. This short bucket list is packed with everything from zip-lining over the water and hiking with llamas to island kayaking and old-fashioned drive-ins. Have a favorite we haven’t mentioned? Let us know @CTvisit.
Featuring: Adventure Park at Storrs | Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum | Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park | Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream | Club Getaway | Empower Adventure Park at Nomads | Farmington River Tubing | Kent Falls State Park | Lake Compounce Theme Park | Lyman Orchards | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Nomads Outdoor Adventure | Odetah Camping Resort | RiverQuest | Rose's Berry Farm | Rowanwood Farm | Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area | Simsbury Free Bike | Town of Barkhamsted | Town of Simsbury | Town of Southington | Winvian Farm
To some, retro is a hot trend. To others, it's the way things used to be. Whatever the take, visitors to the Mystic Country, Connecticut, region can taste from a bygone era.
Featuring: Aero Diner | Antiques Marketplace | City of New London | Hank's Dairy Bar | Harry's Place | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Ocean Beach Park | Sea Swirl of Mystic | Town of Colchester | Town of Mansfield | Town of Mystic | Town of Putnam | Zips Diner
Nightlife in Connecticut is as diverse as the activities you can enjoy here during the day. Live music, festive cocktails, comedy, dancing, billiards, karaoke...however you like to spend your evenings out, Connecticut has all kinds of entertainment destinations that come alive when the sun goes down — especially in the summer. So grab your friends or get a sitter for the kids, and get out and experience these places that really light up after dark.
Featuring: BAR | Black-Eyed Sally's Southern Kitchen & Bar | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | City of Stamford | High Rollers Luxury Lanes & Lounge | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mohegan Sun | Music Mountain | Nomads Adventure Quest | Norfolk Chamber Music Festival | Rolnick Observatory | Seaside Shadows Haunted History Tours | Shrine at Foxwoods | Toad's Place | Town of Newington | Town of Old Lyme | Town of South Windsor | Town of Southington
Summer nights, warm breezes, stars up above and music filling the air – how divine! With many outdoor concerts happening around the state this summer, you can enjoy musical days and nights with family and friends. Bring a picnic, relax, and savor the melodies of summer. Here are just a few of the annual music events going on right now in Connecticut. To find events near you, visit our Events Calendar.
Featuring: Blackie's Hot Dogs | Bushnell Park | Cava Restaurant | City of Bristol | City of Hartford | City of New Britain | City of Stamford | Elbow Room | Hill-Stead Museum | Lady Katharine Cruises - Hartford | Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | RiverQuest | Sharon Playhouse | Town of Branford | Town of Durham | Town of East Haddam | Town of Falls Village (Canaan) | Town of Guilford | Town of Hamden | Town of Norfolk | Town of Putnam | Town of Simsbury | Town of Stonington | Town of Washington | Town of Woodbury | Two Roads Area 2 | Two Roads Brewing Company
With the beginning of a new decade, it’s a good time to celebrate the essence of decades-past. Connecticut offers so many ways to evoke the glamour of the 1920s, the spirit of the 1950s, the groove of the 1970s and beyond. Here are a few places that will take you back.
Featuring: Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Bugsy's Dueling Piano Speakeasy | City of Bridgeport | City of Danbury | City of Hartford | City of Middletown | City of New Haven | Connecticut Air & Space Museum | Frankie's Diner | Hartford Wolfpack | Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | New England Air Museum | Ron-A-Roll Indoor Roller Skating Center | Shady Glen Dairy Stores | Stafford Motor Speedway | Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park | Town of Wallingford | Town of Westport | Town of Windsor Locks | University of Connecticut | Villa Italia Ristorante & Bar | Vintage Hi Fi Museum | Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut
Been cooped up with the kids and tired of all the screen time? It’s time to get back out and it feels so good. The summer sun is out and Connecticut’s got family fun galore! From sailing to zoo-going, there’s so much to discover right in your backyard – and the kids will love it too.
Featuring: Branford River Paddlesports, Kayaks and Tours | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Mansfield Drive-In Theatre & Marketplace | Mystified Escape Rooms | PEZ Visitor Center | Poet's Lounge Charters | Quassy Amusement & Waterpark | Safari Golf | Slipaway River Tours