Up in the Air

Maybe you think that the best way to enjoy the nice weather is to be up in it. If so, Connecticut offers up-in-the-air adventures of all kinds, from skydiving to gentler pursuits. Pick one out and get to a place where you can clap not only your hands, but your feet, too!

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Skydive Danielson and the Adventure Park at Storrs Brownstone Park and Powder Ridge Lake Compounce Sky Ride The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum
Skydive Danielson

Skydive Danielson and the Adventure Park at Storrs

However adventurous you choose to be, your Getaway begins today in northeastern Connecticut. If you’re in the mood to get a mega-dose of air, Skydive Danielson is ready to drop you out of an airplane. They say they specialize in first-timers.

If you prefer something that’s also in the air but a little closer to the ground, there’s The Adventure Park at Storrs, which runs zip lines and aerial rope courses through five wooded acres. The regimen includes bridges, rope ladders and zip lines. You can devise your own course and proceed at your own pace.

Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park

Brownstone Park and Powder Ridge

Located in close proximity to one another, Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park in Portland and Powder Ridge Mountain Park & Resort in Middlefield offer activities designed to get you off your couch and into the air. Brownstone Park offers rides on its 14 zip lines, some of which end up splashing you into the quarry waters, and one of which drops you down bungee-like – upside down! Meanwhile, at Powder Ridge there are mountain-biking trails galore. How much air can you get? Well, that’s up to you.

Lake Compounce Theme Park

Lake Compounce Sky Ride

Legendary Lake Compounce Amusement Park features lots of roller coasters and thrill rides. For a more stately trip, take the Sky Ride, a scenic half-hour trip up to the hilltop behind the park. Feet dangling in the air, lovely views – what’s not to like?

Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum

The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum

One more chance to get your feet off the ground – this time in the “aerial forest park” also known as The Adventure Park at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport. High in the trees are 11 different color-coded trails, ranging from beginner to advanced, that invite you to devise your own way to get from limb to limb (don’t worry, you’re “always locked-on” to a safety line.

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