Where to Go for Family Fun After Dark Last Updated 9/19

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.

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Sleepover Under Water

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. 

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Camp Out Near an Amusement Park

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 Bear Creek Campground offers 20 cabins, 54 RV sites, and 50 tent sites available for overnight stays or longer. 

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Blow Off Some Steam

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 9 p.m. weeknights and 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and perfect for some suprisingly different after-dinner fun.

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Have a Scientific Slumber Party

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 our live animals — including exotic reptiles and cool insects — spend the night. There's even a 3D film in our state-of-the-art Maximilian E. and Marion O. Hoffman Foundation Science Theater, plus a late night snack and light breakfast in the morning. 

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Scream Your Head Off

Take a one-of-a-kind zip lining adventure by the light of the full moon and stars! EMPOWER Leadership Sports & Adventure Center in Middletown offers Moonlight Canopy Adventures that let you experience the full moon from a tree top view. And Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport (above) lets you zip and zoom through the darkness along lighted paths.

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Be a Ghost Buster

If you’re particularly brave, join one of the Graveyard Shift Ghost Tours at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. Featured on Syfy Channel's Ghost Hunters and the Biography Channel's My Ghost Story, the house opens up for nighttime tours that are as educational as they are goosebump-inducing. Perfect for older kids interested in haunted history, dark tales and spooky Victorian traditions.

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Take in a Movie

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.

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Dine on a Train

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.