Welcome to Connecticut River Valley


Today, well-preserved historic towns grace the river's banks, notably Old Lyme, Essex, Ivoryton, Chester and East Haddam. Together, they enchant visitors with gracious country inns, fine dining, train rides and river excursions that allow authentic glimpses into provincial life on the Connecticut.


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Starting at $38.99

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Connecticut River Valley activities

$40.36 Outdoor Activities

Spring and Fall Natural Flow Pigeon River Rafting Trip

Our Spring and Fall Natural Flow rafting trips offer unpredictable water levels with no guaranteed water releases from the dam.   You may experience Class III - IV whitewater or a leisurely scenic float trip. We won't know the water level any particular day or time will have, so bring your sense of adventure! Rafters must be at least 8 years of age or weigh 70 pounds. Our certified guides will navigate your raft the entire trip, while sharing their love of our beautiful mountains. Trips go rain or shine and are a wonderful way to enjoy the fall foliage!  Splash tops are provided as needed according to the weather.

$259 Day Trips & Excursions

Day Trip from Hartford CT to New York City by Rail

All aboard! Leave the traffic problems at home while you relax aboard an Amtrak Regional Train for a day in New York. Take a nap on the comfortable roomy seats or stop by the Café Car. Before you know it, you'll be in Pennsylvania Station, New York. With a mid-morning arrival, it's just a few blocks to pick up your included tickets for a memorable hop-on hop-off tour of New York and Brooklyn. Stay on the bus or hop off at the stop of your choice. There's something to do at nearly every stop on a variety of loop tours. Visit museums, observatories, theaters, zoos, boat rides, and even a WWII aircraft carrier and a space shuttle. All are everlasting fun even if you've experienced them before. Enjoy the new One World Trade Center Observatory with a stop at the 9/11 Memorial Pool. Visit Brooklyn, the hottest, hippest upcoming area of New York with galleries, micro breweries, coffee bars galore and plenty of history! As you travel back to midtown, enjoy a meal in the center of Times Square. After visiting the original MACY's flagship store, you're just three blocks from Pennsylvania Station for the return trip to Hartford. You'll probably be thinking what to plan for the next New York trip!

$49.99 Outdoor Activities

Hartford Puzzling Adventure

Choose your own start time and embark on your adventure. With your smartphone as your guide, go on a brain-teasing and educational walking tour of your chosen neighborhood. Visit a series of locations and answer the questions or solve puzzles to receive your next instruction. There is no need to race as quickly as possible from start to finish. Part of the fun is enjoying the sights, sounds, and tastes of the tour. Before heading to your next location, you’ll have time to eat, drink, enjoy the sights, and use the bathroom while the game clock is not running. You’re only timed on your travel and puzzles. At the end of your adventure, see your rank based on a combination of your answers to the questions and game clock time.

$10 Outdoor Activities

Crazy Dash Walking Adventure - Hartford, CT

Using your smartphone, you'll be given an app to download and a starting location. Once you arrive at the starting location, you'll send a text to check in and get your game setup on the app.From your starting location, the app will lead you to 10 checkpoints around the city to answer questions and complete crazy tasks. Once you've completed all 10 checkpoints, you'll come back to your starting location to finish the game. The objective of the Crazy Dash is to have a blast with your friends and family, explore the city, learn a little, answer questions about your checkpoints, and complete crazy challenges.

$20 Outdoor Activities

Holly Jolly Hunt - Hartford, CT

This outdoor activity takes place in the downtown or urban area of your city. Using a smartphone, you will download an app to help you play the game. You will also be texting with a remote survival guide while you play the game. You'll be given a list of holiday themed items on the app. You will need to walk around the area and find these items around the city and take a photo through the app to get points. Your team will also be given holiday themed challenges or trivia questions to complete as well. You will be rewarded for completing the challenges and trivia questions with points. You'll be able to see your score on the leaderboard compared to others to see how you compare!

$20 Outdoor Activities

Zombie Scavengers Game - Hartford, CT

This outdoor activity takes place in the downtown or metropolitan area of your city. Using a smartphone, you will download an app to help you play the game. You will also be texting with a remote survival guide for 2 hours while you play the game. You'll be given a list of items on the app. You will need to walk around the area and find these items around the city and take a photo through the app to get points. You'll be able to see the "rival colonies" on the app and see how your survival rate compares to theirs based on the number of points you have. Your team will also be given challenges or trivia questions. You will be rewarded with virtual weapons to ward off the zombies and rival colonies once you complete the challenges or trivia questions.

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