Have you seen the movie, Night At The Museum? What if you could spend a night in an aquarium? Or a science center? Or a tipi? Connecticut has so many amazing things to do when the sun shines, you might be surprised to find out how many cool things there are to do after the sun goes down. These are just a few of the great ideas for family fun after dark in Connecticut. Be sure to check each location’s website for upcoming event dates and times.
Want to sleep with a shark? Not only is Mystic Aquarium the perfect place to enjoy the day, now you can spend the night there, too. Family Overnights include an outdoor tour in the dark, a class on sharks, a cool craft and even a scavenger hunt! Finish it off with a light evening snack before you fall asleep next to your favorite fish tank. Be on the lookout via the aquarium's website for details on the return on this activity!
Fulfill your own childhood fantasies as well as thrill your kids when you camp out next door to an amusement park. You could even sleep in a deluxe tipi. Lake Compounce’s Campground offers 20 cabins, 54 RV sites, and 50 tent sites available for overnight stays or longer.
Work off any excess energy with an evening visit to Jordan’s Furniture’s IT™ Adventure in New Haven. It's the world's largest indoor ropes course, with indoor liquid fireworks and all kinds of adventurous activities. Open until 7 p.m. weeknights and 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and perfect for some suprisingly different after-dinner fun.
What goes on at The Connecticut Science Center after everyone goes home? See for yourself when you set up camp in front of your favorite exhibit during this exclusive overnight experience. Explore 10 exhibit galleries with more than 165 hands-on activities and exciting science challenges on every floor. You'll also get to see how the live animals, including exotic reptiles and cool insects, spend the night. There's even a 3D film in the state-of-the-art Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Science Theater, plus a late-night snack and light breakfast in the morning. Be sure to check the museum's website for the return of this fun overnight adventure!
Take a one-of-a-kind zip-lining adventure by the light of the full moon and stars! TreeTrails Adventures Mystic offers evening adventures under the lights that let you experience the night sky from a treetop view. And Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport (above) lets you zip and zoom through the darkness along lighted paths.
Mansfield Drive-In is Connecticut’s only three-screen drive-in theater playing first-run double features, always a film for the entire family. Beautiful country setting with a playground under the trees. Come for dinner or just a snack at the clean, full service snack bar.
For a special treat, climb aboard the Essex Clipper Dinner Train for a delicious dinner served in beautifully restored 1920s Pullman diners, pulled by a vintage diesel locomotive. Ambiance, impeccable service, and fabulous food, served during a sightseeing journey through the pristine Connecticut River Valley. Dates through October.
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