Chelsea Piers Connecticut
1 Blachley Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Opened in Stamford in 2012, Connecticut’s branch of New York’s popular indoor sports complex provides plenty of options for staying active. Swimmers will want to dive into the Olympic-size pool while gymnasts can take advantage of the 50,000-square-foot Gymnastics Center. It also houses two full-size ice rinks for skating or hockey, a 100-yard turf field with a perimeter track, four volleyball courts and two basketball courts. Challenge yourself in the Jump/Climb Zone with its 22-foot wall and five rope areas. And Chelsea Piers has lots of options for children from water slides to a miniature gym with trampolines.
Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
The Connecticut Science Center is one of the most recent additions to downtown Hartford, and has become one of the most popular. Visitors are treated to seemingly endless interactive exhibits teaching them about scientific concepts and how they relate to their lives. Learn which combination of lifestyle choices will help you live longer, program robots and mechanical vehicles, or take a computer survey that tells you which sport or activity you’re likeliest to excel at. There are also permanent and traveling exhibits exploring subjects like space, weather and nature, so you’re sure to encounter something different each time you go.
CoCo Key Water Resort
3580 E. Main St.
Waterbury, CT 06705
The indoor CoCo Key allows you to enjoy a great day at the water park any time of year no matter the weather. The temperature is always set to 84 degrees, perfect for rafting on Adventure River or playing water basketball. If getting wet isn’t your thing, you can always head to the Key Quest Arcade and play skeeball, Deal or No Deal and many of the latest video games. When you’re hungry, there’s Coco’s Snack Shack Shop, or grab a drink at the Wet Rooster Bar.
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 N. Water St.
Norwalk, CT 06854
The Maritme has been the top aquarium in Fairfield County since it opened its doors in 1988. It features over 30 exhibits that explore aquatic and animal life on Long Island Sound. Observe sea turtles and sand tiger sharks, pet a ray or nurse shark and visit the meerkats in their specially built home. The aquarium is also home to the largest IMAX screen in the state, which shows everything from nature and animal documentaries to classic and recent Hollywood movies.
216 Foxon Road
North Branford, CT 06471
When it’s pouring outside, you’ll still find plenty to do inside of the Connecticut Sportsplex’s Fieldhouse. If you’re bringing your family or a group of friends, divide into teams and play Cyber Sport, a unique game combining elements of lacrosse and basketball where players sit in bumper cars. The Fieldhouse also has batting cages with the ProBatter Sports system, which gives the illusion of a pitcher actually throwing the ball to hitters. Add to that laser tag, pool tables, air hockey and an impressive arcade and there’s more than enough here to keep you busy.
Joshua Palmes is a freelance writer covering all things Connecticut. His work can be found on Examiner.com.