32 Things to Do in Connecticut This January

Looking for something to do in Connecticut in January? Even with all the COVID-19 safety restrictions, there is still so much to see and do — and you can be sure businesses are working hard to keep you safe. Whether you want something active or relaxing, cultural or nature-oriented, historic or trendy, Connecticut’s got you covered. Here are some highlights for January.

Just be sure to check with each location before venturing out as hours may change due to COVID-19.

Active Adventure

1. Try snowshoeing. Rent snow shoes from Housatonic River Outfitters and hit the Appalachian Trail and Mohawk State Forest. At Winding Trails in Farmington, you can rent snow shoes, skate skis, and  cross-country skis.

2. Take a hike. Don’t let the cold keep you from getting your steps in. Warm up your muscles on any one of Connecticut’s hiking trails

3. Make a skate date. Bundle up and reserve a time at International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury for a day of skating the ice.

4. Take in downhill thrills. Pack up your skis, snowboards and tubes for some downhill fun at Mohawk Mountain Ski Area in Cornwall, Mount Southington Ski Area in Southington, or Ski Sundown in New Hartford.

5. Stride cross-country. Swap the downhill runs for a peaceful glide through nature when cross-country skiing at James Goodwin State Forest in Hampton and White Memorial Conservation Center Museum in Litchfield. 

6. Break the ice. Visit a local bait shop before cutting the ice to fish for bass, pike, and perch at Bantam Lake or Lake Waramaug. You might even stop by Cabela’s for some extra gear.

Arts and Culture

7. Appreciate the arts. Spend some time indoors admiring works of art in Connecticut. Check out art exhibitions at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, The Florence Griswold Museum, or even view art outside by exploring the Scultpure Trail at Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London or visiting these photo-worthy outdoor murals.

8. Meander a market. Find some fresh and local goodies at the Guilford Farmer’s Market or the Westport Winter Farmers’ Market.

9. Enjoy art virtually. Gaze at colorful masterpieces at “Splash,” a virtual art show by the Maritime Garage Gallery. Or attend the virtual talk, Artists in Conversation with Jagdeep Raina.

10. Follow the footsteps of the Gilmore Girls. If you’re a fan of Rory, Lorelai and Luke, check out the real inspiration for the fictitious town here in Connecticut. 

11. See model trains. Experience a family-friendly exhibit featuring trains, miniature scenery, and lots of surprises to be found in the fully operational 26-foot model train layout at the Connecticut River Museum’s 27th Annual Holiday Train Show.

12. Hit the bullseye. If you want to try something new this year or just unleash some built-up stress, try your hand at axe throwing at Pine and Iron Axe Throwing in Hartford or Blue Ox Axe Throwing in Bridgeport.

Food and Drink Adventures

13. Drink when you’re not drinking. Resolving to drink less, or perhaps committing to a Dry January? Try these fun non-alcoholic drinks of every flavor.

14. Go on a foodie tour. Indulge in Connecticut’s authentic and tasty pizzachocolate, or chowder trails.

15. Picture the perfect plate. As they say, your phone eats first! Snap that perfect shot for Instagram before you dig in at these bakeriespizzapho places. 

16. Hop on the healthy trend. If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to eat better, Connecticut has a handful of fresh and local dining spots that will help you meet your goals. 

17. Dine fireside. Toast the cold days and nights hearthside. From pubs and shoreline inns to fine dining, warm up to these destinations

18. Take a bite of history. Experience fine dining in unique repurposed spaces like a gas station, an engine room, a courtroom or many other reimagined spaces throughout the state. 

19. Sample some chocolate. Valentine’s Day will be here before we know it, and what better way to tell people you love them than with some chocolate? Take a trip down the Chocolate Trail to find the best goodies (and treat yourself while you’re at it!). 

20. Sip brews. Connecticut’s craft beer scene is growing. Visit these destination breweries. Many even offer curbside pickup or delivery!

21. Dine like never before. To keep customers safe, restaurants are innovating unique experiences for outdoor dining. Eat your meal in an igloo, greenhouse, train and more.

22. Get dinner and a private show. Enjoy a 3 course chef’s dinner and the “Yes-or-No Morgan” show in your own private dining room at The Goodwin Hotel for an immersive mystery dinner. Partake in the sleuthing as clues and hidden secrets are revealed throughout your meal — it’ll be a night you won’t forget!

Family Fun

23. Challenge yourself. Test your skills and your nerve indoors at the Thrillz High Flying Adventure Park in Danbury, or break a sweat testing your problem-solving skills at Adventure Rooms in Middletown. 

24. Go snow tubing. Take the family sliding down the slopes — on tubes. Find downhill thrilss and more at Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort.

25. Visit world-class aquariums. Find sharks in the big tanks, enormously endearing African penguins, beluga whales and more at Mystic Aquarium. And at the Maritime Aquarium in South Norwalk, get up close with other marine life friends.  

26. Admire Illustrations. Get lost in gorgeous drawings at the Exhibition of Children’s Book Art at the Bruce Museum.

Rest and Relaxation

27. (Re)treat yourself. Find some inner peace through yoga, a spa bath, or a countryside stroll at Meadowbrook Estate. Or get lost in sound healing at The Sound Retreat in Chester.

28. Find some small-town charm. Discover Connecticut’s winter wonders when you stroll, shop, dine or stay in one of its picturesque towns. Capture the beauty on your camera when you stop by some winter gems

29. Find wellness virtually. Join an online meditation session or take a mindfulness class from the comfort of your home with virtual offerings at Copper Beech Institute.

Romantic Escapes

30. Take a winter retreat. Essex, Madison and Greenwich are just a few of Connecticut’s historic and charming towns that offer the perfect winter getaway for you and that special someone. 

31. Sip mimosas. Two for brunch? Enjoy delicious brunch menus with your special someone at spots like Fresh Salt in Old Saybrook, Abigaile’s Grille & Wine Bar in Simsbury, or Blackstones Grille in Southport.

32. Find a new date spot. Ready to impress your date? Plan a date to unique destinations like On Track Karting in Wallingford or Muse Paintbar in West Hartford, Glastonbury, or South Norwalk.

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