Once summertime comes around, students are finally rewarded for their hard work during the school year, with more freedom. For some that means leaving the state on vacation, whether it be a road trip, or a transatlantic flight. For others that means having fun in our home state, finding interesting activities within driving distance of where they live. Sometimes it can be hard to come up with creative and new things to try with your friends when bored on a hot summer day. This guide offers just some of the endless possibilities for fun in CT this summer.
Jordan’s Furniture Store
Though the name may not sound too promising, Jordan’s furniture in New Haven is far more than couches and mattresses. The furniture actually features an indoor rope course, zip lining, and a waterworks show. The course, named It, is made up of two 60 foot rope courses including various obstacles, four 200 foot long ziplines, a fifty foot free fall named Jump It, and four other climbing courses. One of the climbing courses named Leap of Faith, requires the climber to scale a tall pole and jump from the top.Admission to It and Zip it is $25 and admission to Climb It courses is $10. After all that exhilarating climbing, one can build up an appetite. Jordan’s also offers pizza from Blaze Pizza and ice cream at Scoop It.
Yale Art Gallery
Even though some current Woodland juniors have already visited the Yale art Gallery, it is worth visiting twice, and definitely worthwhile if you have never been there before. The prestigious university features art exhibits from all around the world spanning thousands of years of human creativity. Currently, the gallery is displaying weaving throughout 3,000 years of history, 16th century french art, modern art, as well as permanent exhibits. The permanent exhibits are spread out across 3 buildings and are home to over 4,000 objects such as the classic work of Van Gogh or Pablo Picasso.
Bantam Lake located in the towns of Morris and Litchfield is a perfect summer day trip destination. The lake is home to two sandy beaches, Morris Town Beach and Sandy Beach. Both locations offer plenty of area to take in the sun and the rippling water of the lake. The lake itself provides tons of fun opportunities such as water skiing, canoeing, boating, crew, tubing, paddle boarding, and swimming. Floating near one of the shores of the lake, there’s even is a water slide platform. If you get tired of life by the water, you can also hike and explore the trails.
A hiking destination worth visiting is the Talcott Mountain State Park located in Simsbury. Hiking trails wind up the 1000 foot Talcott Mountain to reach the Heublein Tower at its peak. The most popular route is 1.25 miles long The Heublein nestled on top of the mountain towers at 165 feet,with 120 steps leading up to its observation room. The tower doubles as a historic museum , but most people take the hike for the astonishing 360 degree view of Connecticut. On clear days, one can see as far as Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire.
When you get tired of the heat and the scorching sun, cool down at Shelton’s Sports Center. The ice skating rinks are open all year round, which can provide the breath of cold winter air you may be needing during the hottest parts of the summer months. On fridays the rinks light up with vibrant colors as the main lights are shut off for disco skate.