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Our CT Ambassadors from Mommy Poppins.com are back with some great suggestions for fun family activities all across Connecticut—all winter long!
With its surprise snow days and infamous Nor’easters, Connecticut winters are the stuff that childhood magic is made out of. But when the backyard sledding and a cup of cocoa just isn’t cutting it anymore, it’s time to venture out and about. Whether you want to hit the mountain, learn to skate, explore a museum, or go on an adventure, the Nutmeg State knows how to cure the Winter Blues. See a big list of 55 things to do this winter in Connecticut or browse the Winter Fun Guide for even more winter activity ideas.
Featuring: Bridgeport Sound Tigers | Bushnell Park | Connecticut Science Center | Discovery Depot at Nature's Art Village | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | RPM Raceway Stamford | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
Research shows that 7.2 million vacation days go unused in Connecticut every year. Now, with a new nationwide study touting the health benefits of taking more of your hard-earned Paid Time Off (PTO) days, we’ve got a few suggestions on how you can “take your time” — while playing tourist right here at home.
Featuring: American Museum of Tort Law | Antiques on the Farmington | Argia Mystic Cruises | Ballard Institute & Museum of Puppetry | Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum | Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library | Bellamy-Ferriday House & Garden | Book Barn | Boothe Memorial Park & Museum | Breck Marshall at Mystic Seaport | Bruce Museum | Butler-McCook House & Garden | Cathedral Pines Farm | Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | Connecticut River Museum | Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo | Cross Sound Ferry Lighthouse Cruise | Custom House Maritime Museum | Deacon John Grave House (c.1685) | Dinosaur State Park | Florence Griswold Museum | G Spa at Foxwoods | General David Humphreys House (c.1698) | Gillette Castle State Park | Glebe House Museum & Gertrude Jekyll Garden | Greenwich Historical Society | Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | Hempsted Houses | Henry Whitfield State Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Historic Ship Nautilus & Submarine Force Museum | Hollister House Garden | Kent Falls State Park | Leffingwell House Museum | Lighthouse Point Park | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Lyme Art Association | Mandara Spa at Mohegan Sun | Mayflower Inn & Spa | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Seaport Museum | Mystic Whaler Cruises | Nathan Hale Homestead (1776) | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Science & Sailing | Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society | Ogden House & Gardens | Osborne Homestead Museum | Paddle Mystic-Mystic River Adventure Company | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Quinebaug River Trail | Roseland Cottage Museum | S&P Oyster Co. | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Schooner Brilliant at Mystic Seaport | Sea Mist Thimble Island Cruise, LLC | Ski Sundown | Sleeping Giant State Park | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | Tanger Outlets at Foxwoods | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Glass House | The Glass House | The Mark Twain House & Museum | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Spa at Norwich Inn | The Vanilla Bean Café | Town of Essex | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Water's Edge Resort & Spa | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum | Westbrook Outlets | White Flower Farm | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Winvian Farm | Yale Center for British Art
For some city dwellers, winter may be the least popular season, but in Connecticut, we’ll show you why it’s our favorite. From tubing, skiing and even searching for the perfect Christmas tree, this short bucket list is packed with everything you need for outdoor adventures and indoor fun from December to March.
Featuring: Bantam Lake | Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Pomfret | Flanders Nature Center/Land Trust | Fresh Salt at Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Gay City State Park | Lamothe's Sugar House | Lucius Pond Ordway/Devil's Den Preserve | Miller Tree Farm | Millwright's Restaurant | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Oyster Club | Pell Farm | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Project Oceanology | Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood | River's Edge Sugar House | Sedona Taphouse | Ski Sundown | The Charcoal Chef | Union League Café | White Horse Country Pub | White Memorial Conservation Center Museum | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center | Windswept Tree Farm | Yurechko Tree Farm
Snowy New England winters are legendary. If you want to make the most of outdoor fun this winter, you don’t have to travel any farther north than Connecticut, where you can try anything from tubing down snow-covered slopes to climbing a wall of ice —without spending hours in the car. Here are a few great ways to get out there and play in the snow.
Featuring: City of New Haven | Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center | Gay City State Park | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | Town of Manchester | Town of Salisbury | Weir Farm National Historic Site | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center
Connecticut is an ideal destination for winter sports activities such as downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding and tubing. If you’re looking for a day trip, weekend or longer getaway, Connecticut has options for ski enthusiasts of all levels, from the advanced to the novice. And there are many family-friendly winter ski destinations, offering activities for kids and adults. Grab your gear and get ready to hit the slopes!
Featuring: Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Ski Sundown | White Memorial Foundation | Winding Trails Cross Country Ski Center
Don’t give the season the cold shoulder! Winter in Connecticut doesn’t need to be spent indoors, pining away for the first signs of spring. In fact, there are scores of activities all over the state for even the most winter-averse.
Featuring: Central Rock Gym | City of Hartford | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Trolley Museum | Essex Steam Train & Riverboat | Florence Griswold Museum | Hill-Stead Museum | Keeler Tavern Museum (c.1713) | Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | Osborne Homestead Museum | PEZ Visitor Center | Phelps-Hatheway House (1761) | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Prime Climb Mountain Fun | Railroad Museum of New England/Naugatuck Railroad Company | RoseGarden Ice Arena | Ski Sundown | Supercharged Powered by Mohegan Sun - Indoor Karting & Trampoline Park | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Shore Line Trolley Museum | Town of Simsbury | Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum
Why spend a winter weekend kicking around the house when you can be exploring so much of what Connecticut has to offer instead? Whether you like being indoors or out, whether it’s food or fun you’re after, Connecticut has lots of answers for you on its wintertime menu. Pick a few and try them out. It will be time well spent.
Featuring: Chowda Trail | Connecticut Chocolate Trail | Connecticut Science Center | Connecticut Wine Trail | Florence Griswold Museum | Foxwoods Resort Casino | Infinity Music Hall & Bistro (Norfolk) | Infinity Music Hall (Hartford) | Mohawk Mountain Ski Area | Mohegan Sun | Mount Southington Ski Area | Mystic Aquarium | New Britain Museum of American Art | New England Air Museum | Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort | Saybrook Point Resort & Marina | Ski Sundown | The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | The Connecticut Beer Trail | The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk | The Mark Twain House & Museum | Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | Yale University Art Gallery