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Great ideas for a rainy day in Connecticut

Just because it’s raining out doesn’t mean that you can’t still have a good time.  Here’s a list of some slightly unusual things you could do to have some fun when the weather is less than perfect.

If golf is your sport, try out the indoor “virtual” courses at the Fore Seasons Golf Club in Bethany. You can chose from 19 different virtual simulations of golf courses from around the country, including Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona, the The Prince Course in Hawaii, and The Legend in Shanty Creek, in Michigan. The ball reacts with images on the screen, disappearing behind hills and bouncing off trees. You can either play 9 holes for $10 a person, or 18 holes for $15. For more information, check out

If you’re looking for something a bit more action-packed, you can ride the indoor go-karts at Willy D’s Indoor Kart Racing in Wallingford.  The high-performance karts are imported from Italy, and travel at speeds up to 30mph.  The indoor track is open every day but Monday and prices start at $7.50 for adults and $6.75 for children. Kids under 54″ ride for free with an adult.  For more info, see their website at

In Stamford, you can check out Paintball Madness, a 14,000 sq-foot indoor paintball facility. Three hours of playing time, rental equipment, and 100 paintballs will cost you about $32.98 a person, for with 500 paintballs at $54.98 a person. Call (203) 975-2973 or visit this website for more information.

If you would rather take a shot with an actual pistol or rifle, you can chose from several indoor shooting ranges including Tactical Arms & Indoor Shooting Range in Torrington, Chris’s Indoor Shooting Range in Guilford, or the Forest and Field shooting range in Norwalk.  These facilities offer rental firing arms and several different training courses.  Children are welcome, and prices range from $15 and up, depending on the facility you chose.

Adventurous types can visit one of Connecticut’s several indoor rock climbing facilities, such as the CT Rock Gym in New Haven, Prime Climb in Wallingford, or the Stone Age Rock Gym in Manchester.  There’s a climb for people of all skill levels, and each gym offers a variety programs, memberships, and classes.

If you want to imagine it’s a sunny, warm, summer day, you can head to the CoCo Key Indoor Water Resort in Waturbury.  The 54,000 sq-ft water resort is kept at a steamy 84 degrees, and features slides, a lazy river, pool, spa, arcade, and restaraunt.  Day passes are $29, and family packages are available.  For more information, visit

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Sean Henri

Sean is the founder and editor of The Connecticut Weekender, and CEO and Founder of Pepperland Marketing. He's a lifelong CT resident and frequently blogs about the outdoors, beer, food, family life and small business in CT. Follow him on Twitter at @SeanHenri.

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