Hartford Sports and Recreation

Hartford Sports and RecreationSports and recreation are two things that the people of Hartford really enjoy. The roar of the crowd, the excitement on the field and the inevitable score are all part of the experience of either watching or playing a favorite sport. The spirit and enthusiasm for the game of choice is something that is truly quite contagious. Whether it's hockey, football or baseball, the level of energy and excitement reach a fever pitch as the minutes on the clock tick away. And whether Hartford sports fans are in the game or just watching it, the various sporting and recreational activities that are available here offer some unmistakably winning choices.


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Pro Sports

University of Connecticut Huskies
A game of hoops is always exciting, especially if the team hitting the court is the UConn Huskies. Both the men's and women's sports teams of the University of Connecticut are known for some great defense, offense and sharply focused three-pointers. The teams play their home games at the XL Center located downtown. Other games are played at Gampel Pavilion which is located on the university's campus.

Web: www.uconnhuskies.com

Connecticut Whale
Connecticut Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf Pack) is a professional hockey team based in Hartford. The sports team plays in the American Hockey League and play their home games in the XL Center. The Whale are the top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers.

Web: www.ctwhale.com


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Hiking, Biking & Trails

West Hartford Reservoir
Get a look at some of Hartford’s best scenery from behind a set of handlebars when you hit the West Hartford Reservoir bike trail. The recreation trail is located about 8 miles west of Hartford and starts off with a fairly steep climb of about 400 feet. From there, cruise along a ridge and take a gradual descent but you will encounter a single-track trail that requires even more attention to assure safety for both you and fellow bikers and walkers on the trail.

Web: www.themdc.com

Penwood State Park

Mountain bikers in Hartford enjoy a trek through Penwood State Park. Located approximately 9 miles northwest of Hartford off Connecticut Highway 185, the recreation trail is as challenging as it is picturesque. To the west, the trail approaches edges of cliffs, so extreme caution is strongly advised. Less experienced riders should steer clear of (or carefully through) the single track trails.

Address: 57 Gun Mill Road, Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone: (860) 242-1158
Web: www.ct.gov


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Farmington River Boating
Boating and water recreation enthusiasts enjoy their time on the water when they light out on the Farmington River. The river is easily accessible from the road starting below Goodwin Dam in Heartland, Connecticut. Boaters enjoy seasonal excursions, with the best being in the late spring and early summer.

Web: frwa.org

Farmington River Fishing
Casting a line in the Farmington River always tends to put a smile on the faces of many anglers. The reason? The chances are better than average that they will find something memorable on the other end of their fishing line. The Farmington River is the second-largest trout fishery in the state of Connecticut, and both fishermen and fly fishers have the potential of catching several different species that include rainbow trout, Atlantic salmon and other freshwater fish.

Web: frwa.org

Salmon River
Whitewater kayaking and rafting are some water recreation activities that are not for the fainthearted. When you find yourself traversing the water's natural forces, the adrenaline rush is unlike anything you've ever experienced. You can experience it in Hartford by taking to the Salmon River by way of the Jeremy River to Route 16 to experience some of the best rides that the river has to offer.

Web: www.rei.com


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Plenty Of Thrills

Luxergy Skydiving
When you go on a skydiving adventure, the preparation, the safety precautions and the final ascent into the clouds all lead up to that one vital moment: the second you step off the plane and into your extreme sports excursion. The fine folks at Luxergy know how important that moment is, and that is why they offer Hartford's top-flight skydiving experience, so that your all-important step off the plane leads you to amazing heights before you return safely to the ground.

Phone: (888) 589-3749
Web: www.luxergy.com

Checkered Flag Raceway
Make your way to the checkered flag–the one that signals you've arrived for a good time at Checkered Flag Raceway. Located in Berlin just a few minutes from Hartford, this is undoubtedly the best outdoor go-kart racetrack in all of New England. This challenging but fun ¼ mile track will find you revving up the engine in your kart as you put the pedal to the metal. Plus, there is an excellent arcade with all the latest video games as well as a snack bar. It's high-speed fun and recreation for the whole family!

Address: 1762 Berlin Turnpike, Berlin, CT 06037 - MAP
Phone: (860) 829-KART
Web: www.gokartrides.com

Fun Squared
Don't just settle for good times when you can double them at Fun Squared! Located in Newington just a short fifteen minute drive from Hartford, this highly unique and diversified recreation venue offers plenty of fun activities the whole family will enjoy. There's small ball bowling, laser tag, a state-of-the-art arcade, and roomy party facilities to offer plenty of fun all in one place.

Address: 56 Costello Road, Berlin Turnpike, Newington, CT 06111 - MAP
Phone: (860) 666-5150
Web: www.funsquared.biz


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AMF Silver Lanes
Strike up some fun with family and friends at AMF Silver Lanes in East Hartford. This state-of-the-art bowling facility boasts 52 lanes that are equipped with new upper monitors that help you easily keep track of the game. There's also a separate lounge area that comfortably sits 50 guests and you can relax between frames as you watch your favorite sporting events on any of the impressively large flat screen TVs. There's also more fun for the kids in the video arcade, plus plenty of pool tables to distract you and even a DJ spinning tunes over the weekend.

Address: 748 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118 - MAP
Phone: (860) 569-2990
Web: www.amf.com

Bell Pond
If you find yourself in the northern part of Hartford, one of the best places to slip away for an afternoon or evening of fishing recreation is Bell Pond. This beautiful slice of nature offers excellent fishing in addition to marvelous scenery and fairly easy access, which all add up to a truly memorable angling excursion.

Address: Hartford County, Hartford North, CT - MAP

Shoot a game of pool in a casual and relaxed atmosphere when you rack 'em up at Ultimate Billiards & Sports Bar. Several regulation pool tables stand alongside an impressive variety of the latest video games. There's also a great menu featuring wings, burgers and sandwiches as well as a very well-stocked bar serving up your favorites. You can't miss the eye-popping flat screen televisions that adorn the walls broadcasting your favorite sporting event, so you can keep track of the big game as you continue to shoot pool.

Address: 151 Webster Square Road, Berlin, CT - MAP
Phone: (860) 828-5754