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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Connecticut River Valley activities

$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!

$39.99 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.

$20 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Hartford Onyx Moonshine Speakeasy Small-Group Tasting Tour

Enjoy a distillery tasting of our handcrafted, small batch whiskey and moonshine in the Onyx Moonshine Speakeasy Tasting Room. You'll enter through a hidden bookcase door into our 1920's speakeasy tasting room complete with actual CT Prohibition era antiques. You'll learn how our whiskey and moonshine is made, the history of moonshine and Prohibition in CT, and have the opportunity to even dress up and have your picture taken in 1920s accessories. A complete tasting lasts about 45 min to an hour and you'll try each of Onyx Spirits Company product line. Don't forget to take a bottle home with you as well!Simply arrive during our normal business hours of Friday 5-8pm, Saturday 12-6pm and Sunday 12-5pm.  Walk through the front door and follow the hallway to the secret bookcase door.  Our friendly servers will take care of you from there.  Please Note: we do NOT accept reservations, the tasting room is “first come, first serve.”  We do not offer food, but please feel free to bring your own. Sorry no pets.  Must be 21+ with valid ID.

$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

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.

$10 Outdoor Activities

Clue-Gathering Adventure Game - 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, also known as your Home Base, the app will lead you from checkpoint to checkpoint around the city to collect clues and solve puzzles. Once you've completed all 3 quests, you'll come back to your Home Base and solve a final puzzle. The objective is to have fun, score the most points, and correctly solve the final puzzle! You are not alone. You will have a remote guide that is just a call or text away that can help throughout your adventure!

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