During the winter, many of us have the instinct to hibernate: stay in and under a blanket, and binge-watch television shows. But coming off of the COVID-19 pandemic, many more of us have had enough of cocooning and are seeking a bit of fun, some exercise, and some social contact. In summer, this is easy. In winter, it gets more challenging, unless you know where to look.
If you’re hoping to make plans in the near future to engage in some fun winter-related activities in Connecticut, look no further, as we’ve outlined a few of the best.
Snowshoeing makes for excellent outdoor exercise, and it’s not difficult…even for beginners. In many regions of the state, you can rent snowshoes to give the activity a try. Housatonic River Outfitters rents snowshoes and allows intrepid trekkers to hit the Appalachian Trail and Mohawk State Forest. Winding Trails in Farmington is another place that will loan you the shoes and the beautiful terrain in which to use them.
If you haven’t hit the slopes in a while because you haven’t had time to drive to northern New England, remember that Connecticut has ski areas of its own. Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, Mount Southington Ski Area in Southington, Ski Sundown in New Hartford, or Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield are all open for winter fun and can provide rental equipment.
Fishing isn’t only a summer activity. There is a vibrant ice fishing culture in Connecticut, mostly centered around places like Bantam Lake or Lake Waramaug for bass, pike, and perch.
Visit a Museum
If you’re not the outdoor sports type – or just don’t like the cold – visit one of Connecticut’s world-class museums. These include the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Florence Griswold Museum, the Yale New Haven Art Gallery, or outside art at the Sculpture Trail at Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London. Other unique museums in the Nutmeg State include Danbury’s Railway Museum, the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, and the P.T. Barnum Museum in Bridgeport.
Try a Microbrewery
Connecticut is home to tons of thriving craft beer breweries, most of which have tasting rooms to explore their beers. (Some microbreweries serve food, as well). Notable microbreweries include the Charter Oak Brewing and Taproom in Danbury, Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Still Hill Brewery and Tap Room in Rocky Hill, and the Kent Falls Brewing Co. & Tasting Room located in picturesque Kent.
Solve a Murder Mystery
If you can’t get enough of Whodunnits, you can have dinner and a mystery at the Dinner Detective in Hartford or New Haven. If you’re more about the mystery and less about the dinner, engage in an interactive game of mystery and murder at Saybrook Point.
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