Where Are the Hot Spots in Hartford & New Haven CT this Winter?

Connecticut can be known for its snowy, cold winters– the ideal conditions for all of you snow enthusiasts and even those that prefer to stay warm indoors. We’ve got a list of the best spots in both Hartford & New Haven County for you to beat the winter blues, in your snowshoes or your fuzzy slippers.  

Shred Some Snow on These Amazing Ski Trails 

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Here are a few hot – well, cold – spots to tick off your winter-to-do-list. 

Ski Sundown 

This amazing spot in New Hartford, CT offers day or night skiing or snowboarding. They are open 7 days a week from now until late March. Regardless of your skiing or snowboarding prowess/skill level, they’ve got just the slope for you, your friends and your family.  

Powder Ridge 

Powder Ridge is New England’s premier 365 Synthetic Snow Park, an easy drive from either Hartford or New Haven. They offer year-round skiing, tubing and boarding. It has 20 amazing trails for beginners and advanced snow shredders. Race your friends and family down a four-lane track or track down one of their expert instructors who have begun a new terrain-based teaching method ensured to help you achieve all your snow-sporting goals. Powder Ridge even offers Connecticut’s first and only Burton Riglet snowboarding program for munchkins as young as 24 months old.

Mount Southington

Located between both Hartford & New Haven counties, Mount Southington is a 51-acre ski resort with weekend entertainment and 14 trails available for both beginners and advanced skiers. There are several different places to get a bite to eat and refuel after a full day of racing around in the snow. They even have weekly children’s programs including after school activities.  

Stay at Home: Go Virtual In The Winter

Woman Using Laptop at Home

Major Connecticut attractions are bringing virtual entertainment to the table. Listed below are some of the most popular CT attractions that are happy to teach and entertain you online, while you stay warm and cozy indoors: 

Mystic Aquarium 

Who doesn’t love penguins? Mystic Aquarium brings them alive on your computer screen with a Live Penguin Feed straight from the aquarium itself. They also live-stream animal feedings and host a Facebook watch series called, Aquarium Rehab, where the museum’s animal experts explain what goes on behind the scenes concerning the health and well-being of the aquatic animals.  

Connecticut Beardsley Zoo 

The Connecticut Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport has introduced an exciting interactive campaign called “Do You Have a Zoo at Your House?” This program inspires kids to write letters and send drawings to the zookeepers and animals, showing how they have made their own house into a zoo. They are also operating a live “zoo-cam” that’s zoomed in on their Spider Monkeys and Red Pandas. 

The Children’s Museum in West Hartford 

For even more animal-related fun, The Children’s Museum in West Hartford have live animal demonstrations on its Facebook page. Watch your kids’ eyes light up as various animals are showcased live on their devices in the comfort of your own living room. Schedule a demonstration today via their website.  

Connecticut Science Center 

The Connecticut Science Center in Hartford is busy online posting various activities for all those restless at home. The Science Center’s Facebook page is posting fun content including Field Trip Fridays and #MuseumFromHome on the weekends.  Check the website for specific times.

Shubert Theater 

The Shubert Theater is offering artsy kids of all age’s entertainment and a chance to either express themselves with a wide variety of online activities. They have a play-writing challenge, a virtual backstage tour, and a program called Pinkalicious story time. If that isn’t enough, they even show kids how to make puppets and instruct them on how to create their own puppet theater. This is something that all the Grandparent’s that Skype or Zoom or use Facebook Video will get a kick out of. 

There are so many things to do in Connecticut once the snow hits the ground. Looking for other fun things to do in CT?