Kidulting 101 — Summer Fun for Adults Last Updated 6/17

Remember the joy of spending long summer days and homework-free nights just playing for hours on end? Now that you’re an adult, ask yourself, why should kids get to have all the fun? “Kidulting” is all the rage these days, so here are a few ways you can recapture a few of those carefree moments this summer in Connecticut.

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Go Wild at Summer Camp

It may look a classic, old-school style summer camp, but you’re certainly not “roughing it” at Club Getaway in Kent. At this rustic, all-inclusive resort, adult campers stay in comfortable country cabins overlooking the scenic lake and mountains. Water ski, wakeboard, kayak or sail on the sparkling lake. Trampoline, try the trapeze or trek through the woods on a mountain bike or zip line. And of course, there are classes in everything from jewelry making to wine tasting, too.

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Glide Your Cares Away

Experience the joy of zipping around on a Segway, while enjoying a scenic guided tour of downtown Guilford, Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison or even Mystic. It takes a little practice to get your balance right, but with the guidance of the folks at Shoreline Segway, you’ll be zipping around on trails and back streets in no time.

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Get Your Heart Racing

You’ve always loved going fast. And at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, you’ve watched the pros fly around the track for years. What if you could get out there and feed your own need for speed?  Thompson offers an Exotic Car Driving Experience that puts you in the driver’s seat, giving you a chance to test your skills in a professional setting — maybe even in a Ferrari or Corvette.

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Duck and Dodge on a Trampoline

You haven’t played Ultimate Dodgeball until you’ve played it on trampoline. And now grownups are working out years of playground trauma in this safe, but extreme setting. If the weather outside looks dodgy, get your gang together and book a private Ultimate Dodgeball game at Norwalk’s SkyZone Trampoline Park for a 30th birthday party or an action-packed night out.

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Zip Line by Moonlight

After the kids have gone to bed, it’s your chance to experience Connecticut’s true zip line canopy experience at EMPOWER Leadership Center in Middletown. This half-mile, professionally guided, 2-hour aerial adventure course features multiple zip line rides (200-650 feet in length) through the forest canopy (40-75 feet off the ground), as well as a high ropes challenge area with elements accommodating all skill and ability levels. And it’s all done under the moon and stars.

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Escape to Sea

Get to know your inner sailor as you embark on a one-, two-, three- or even five-day sailing adventure aboard the Mystic Whaler. This re-creation of a New England schooner departs from New London and takes those aboard on a journey back in time. You can help raise the sails, sing sea shanties, even be hands on at the ship’s wooden wheel as you experience this 19th century ship in all her glory. Stay overnight and up the adventure level, recapturing the of days at sea and nights under the stars.

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Rediscover Your Love of Nature

As a kid you loved spending time in the great outdoors. Exploring the woods, searching for wildlife, getting your hands dirty while getting back to nature. The Connecticut Audubon Society has locations throughout the state, and they are always looking for adult volunteers to help with animal and bird care and outdoor projects. From Pomfret to Milford, Greenwich to Glastonbury, you can find a location that needs summer volunteers—and rediscover the explorer in yourself, too.

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Hit the Trails

Remember what it was like to follow clues and collect prizes on a scavenger hunt?  In Connecticut, we’ve got all kinds of specialty trails that give you a chance to recapture that excitement. The Connecticut Wine Trail has a passport that lets you collect stamps for a grand prize giveaway. The Connecticut Art Trail passport offers discounts on admission to all 18 partner museums. That’s not all. Connecticut also has a Beer Trail, a Chocolate Trail, a Spirits Trail, a Farmer’s Market Trail and more. Get your friends together and out there on the trail!