It is getting chilly outside and getting cozy by the fire has never sounded better! Lucky for you we have put together a list of activities you can enjoy indoors to escape Connecticut winter weather for a few hours. 

Winter Sports at the XL Center

Cheering at UConn Game
Photo By: @xl_center

Let’s go Huskies! Cheer on UConn Men’s and Women’s Basketball at the XL Center. With both weeknight and weekend game times you can fit a game into your schedule. If hockey is your sport of choice you can attend a number of Hartford Wolf Pack games this winter! Every Friday night game features $2 beers and $1 hot dogs. Bring your friends and family for an action packed evening. Looking for more? Plan for a pregame meal at Vaughan’s Irish Public House on Pratt Street. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and comfort food is abundant. To top it off, order a glass of the best Guinness in CT.

Escape Winter Through Art

Couple viewing painting
Photo By: @hartfordprints 

Escape the bitter winds of winter and transport yourself into another world through art. Hartford has a number of worthwhile art exhibits and venues. Check them out for yourself!

Hartford Stage: Mentally escape to a high-end resort in Mexico and witness two worlds collide, igniting a series of misunderstandings, miscalculations, and internal reckonings. Told entirely in English and Spanish, Espejos: Clean is a must see!

Wadsworth Atheneum: The Wadsworth Athenuem's European art collection is extensive for its size. Composed of approximately 900 paintings, 500 sculptures, and 3,500 works on paper, created between the medieval and the modern period. Wander the galleries to view works from Salvador Dalí, Claude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The curation doesn't stop there! Be sure to check out their gift shop for beautiful items you won’t find elsewhere. Hint Hint - Valentine's Day is around the corner!

Blow Off Some Steam at City Steam

Need a laugh to help get you through the winter weather? City Steam Brewery is home to the Capital region’s best spot for live comedy, the Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club! City Steam has been brewing since 1997 and has some tasty brews for you to sip on during the show. 

There are a few other breweries in Hartford that are certainly worth a stop. Check out our Hartford Brewery Guide and plan your pint!

Learn Something New

Kids at science museum
Photo By: @ctsciencecenter 

Connecticut Science Center: Located in downtown Hartford, the Connecticut Science Center is a perfect place to spend a day. Kid-friendly and interactive, the 165 exhibits will be sure to grab your attention and maybe teach you a thing or two. The Forest of Illusions traveling exhibit will be on display through February 12th. Tour through mind-bending optical illusions, immerse yourself in a human sized kaleidoscope, and experience light and color in ways you’ve never seen before. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center: Harriet Beecher Stowe published more than 30 books, but it was her best-selling anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin that catapulted her to international celebrity and secured her place in history. Tour her beautifully preserved Victorian Gothic cottage, now a National Historic Landmark, where she resided for 23 years. 

Mark Twain House & Museum: Next door to Harriet Beecher Stowe lived Mark Twain. Purchase tickets in advance to tour the beautifully restored Hartford home. Twain lived in this home for 17 years and wrote his most important works during these years including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Learn more about him and the home on their daily guided tours. 

Whether you are heading out for a game or looking to immerse yourself in beautiful pieces of art throughout the city, tag @ExperienceHartford for a chance to be featured! Want to stay up to date on events and all things Hartford, don’t forget to sign up for our email newsletter.  

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