7 Things to Do on a Rainy Day in Connecticut Last Updated: November 2023

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Not every day is beautiful outside. New England serves up different flavors of inclement weather for each of its four distinctive seasons. Thankfully, there is a ton of fun, unique, and awesome indoor things to do. Here are seven suggestions for you...

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Take a hands-on workshop with Grounded Goodwife

Tap into your inner green witch with your favorite gal pals and take one of the Grounded Goodwife's many interesting holistic workshops! Funny and frank, mom/daughter duo Velya and Ehris are about as entertaining as they come. They hold unique workshops at their 1770 Grounded Goodwife Farmhouse in Woodbury as well as around the state.

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Experience a NYC style show in the comfort of The Ridgefield Playhouse

The Ridgefield Playhouse offers the chance to feel like you've taken the train into NYC to watch some of the greatest shows of all time... with way less travel and way more parking! Experience concerts of every genre, a Classical Series, Comedy Series, and a Broadway & Cabaret Series, all right in Connecticut. (Photo provided by The Ridgefield Playhouse)

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Shop for hours at Fairfield County Antique & Design

Head to Norwalk to while away some rainy day hours shopping to beautify your home within the Fairfield County Antique & Design multidealer center. They have the finest in antique, modern, and vintage furnishings, art, and accessories. There's something for all tastes


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Enjoy an extended Lebanese feast at Noujaim's Bistro

This is a dining experience that's so much more than just a fantastic meal. Noujaim's Bistro owner and chef George Noujaim will make your table 18 to 26 different dishes, including dessert and coffee. The feast lasts about three hours and is for groups of eight or more. Enjoy a Lebanese feast in the restaurant, or book a private event at home for all your favorite people!

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Check butterfly encounter off your bucket list at the Connecticut Science Center

We haven't done this yet, but it's firmly on our #CTbucketlist. Weird that if you asked us to go to a moth encounter, we'd run screaming, but give us an experience where we get to be surrounded by pretty butterflies... we're in! The Butterfly Encounter is the only year-round tropical butterfly house in the state... and keep an eye out for the Chinese Button Quail.

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Check in to Foxwoods Resort Casino or Mohegan Sun for some fun-fun!

It's a no brainer. For some fun-fun with your friends, book a room, eat huge desserts, hang in the spa, take a swim, shop, enjoy a cocktail... all without ever having to feel the out of doors. As you'll see from our adventures at Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun, gambling is not our priority!

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Wear your quiet shoes and go soak up some art vibes at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford houses over 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of artists. It's an inspiring place to spend a few hours. It's on three floors, with different wings for different genres, and we love how manageable it is to explore without going into museum overload. For more museum options, here's a roundup of some other favorites in the state.