CRRA Trash Museum
211 Murphy Rd.
Hartford, CT 06114
Constructed solely out of recycled garbage, this Temple of Trash is both educational and entertaining. Visitors learn about pre-historic ways of trash disposal, to the not-so-olden days of “town dumps,” to current times of recycling and converting trash to energy. Visitors have the chance to watch the museum’s own recycling facility in production, viewing cardboard and bottles getting crushed or flattened. These items can then be used and turned into other products.
But if that sounds too “green” for you, not to worry. There are other activities to do, such as “Trash Bingo” and an exhibit by “Sustainable Dave,” which features the amount of trash he collected in an entire year. That’s a lot of trash! There are tours for school groups and scouts, which include various activities. For information on group tours, call (860)757-7765.
The Trash Museum is open September through June, Monday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Hours of operation in July and August are Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friends of Vintage Baseball
P.O. Box 2522
Hartford, CT 06146
Vintage is completely in right now, and in baseball, everyone always says, “It’s not like it used to be.” So why not check out a game by the Friends of Vintage Baseball? Games run all summer at Colt Park, and it’s not just that the players are decked out in vintage uniforms; they play by the old rules too. You can also settle into the nostalgic feeling with vintage soda and souvenirs. Admission is free, so just bring yourself, friends and family – and your favorite law chair. They also provide speakers to educate people about the pride and pastime of the game, one of honor. A perfect day for the family, Vintage Baseball is different than your typical MLB game, but just as enjoyable, and for lovers of the game, can bring you back to why you fell in love with it to begin with.
Spin Cycle Cafe and Laundromat
190 Fenn Rd.
Newington, CT 06111
Not many people like doing laundry. But how many people like free Wi-Fi, cold beer and ESPN? Those are just some of the things that make Spin Cycle one of the best activities you wouldn’t think to do in Hartford. It is the trendiest Laundromat in town and beyond, and is now a place that many singles are going in search of dates. Have a drink while you’re using their front-loading washer and 30-lb. dryers, where you are also provided with free soap. Add food, entertainment, and the possibility of meeting new friends or dates at singles’ nights, and you’ll be doing laundry every day. The combination of a relaxed yet engaging atmosphere allows you to get your laundry done, but socialize at the same time. From an art gallery, to local musician features, bingo, darts, DJs, open mic nights and TVs playing all day, your entertainment is taken care of. It is also a great place for students to study, for writers to craft their stories, and for just about anyone to meet up with friends for a bite to eat. And if you’re on the go, you can grab something from the take-out menu! You’ll be surprised how much fun laundry can become, and you just never know who you might meet at the next machine. Open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.