Olympic Sports in Connecticut

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Olympic Sports in Connecticut (1)

Three summer Olympic sports that visitors to Connecticut can enjoy include canoeing, archery and sailing. Additional details on where these sports are available are outlined below.

Canoeing

  • Visitors interested in trying canoeing in Connecticut can do so at Collinsville Canoe & Kayak, located at 41 Bridge St in Collinsville, CT. They can be reached at 860-693-6977 or info@collinsvillecanoe.com.
  • Collinsville Canoe & Kayak offers a canoe basics course for one or two people as well as customizable group outings. For those who already know how to canoe and want to do so on their own, they offer canoe rentals. They also offer several canoeing events, such as moonlight paddles on the river.
  • Collinsville Canoe & Kayak has a 4.7 star rating across 197 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for Canoeing in Connecticut is Metacomet Canoe and Kayak, located at 67 Palisado Ave in Windsor, Connecticut. They can be reached at 860-713-9143 or by using the contact form on their website.
  • Metacomet Canoe and Kayak offers canoe rentals along with a variety of guided canoe trips. All of their trip options are on the Farmington River and they have both day and evening trip options.
  • Metacomet Canoe and Kayak has 5.0 stars across 14 reviews on Google.

Archery

  • Individuals interested in Archery can visit Hall's Arrow Indoor Archery Range, located at 291 Middle Turnpike W est in Manchester, CT. They can be reached at (860) 646-0443 or by completing the contact form on their website.
  • Hall's Arrow offers a Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program, an indoor range, target archery and bow hunter safety courses. Their target archery program is lead by Olympic gold medalist Butch Johnson.
  • Hall's Arrow has a 4.5 star rating across 69 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for participating in Archery in Connecticut is the Quinnipac River Archery Park, located at 346 Quinnipiac Street in Wallingford, CT. They can be reached at 203-450-2771 or esteban@qrap-ct.com.
  • Quinnipiac River Archery Park offers archery lanes of up to 70 meters and eight 3D shooting targets. Visitors can purchase daily passes or participate in one of the park's programs, such as group or individual archery lessons.
  • Quinnipiac River Archery Park has a 5 star rating across 5 reviews on Google.
  • A third option for participating in Archery in Connecticut is Newbury Archery, located at 529 Sharon Turnpike in Goshen, CT. They can be reached at 860-491-9908 or admin@newburyarchery.com.
  • Newbury Archery is an archery store that offers archery lessons. Their indoor range can be booked for group events and parties.
  • Newbury Archery has a 4.8 star rating across 16 reviews on Google.

Sailing

  • For visitors who are interested in sailing, Sound Sailing Center, located at 54 Calf Pasture Beach Rd in Norwalk, CT, is a good option. They can be reached at 203-838-1110 or sscsailing@gmail.com.
  • For those with sailing experience, Sound Sailing Center offers boat charters for as little as 2 hours or as long as 2 weeks. Visitors without experience can pay $300 per day plus expenses for a captain to sail with them.
  • Sound Sailing Center has a 4.3 star rating across 6 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for experiencing sailing in Connecticut is Poet's Lounge Sailing Center, located Mystic, CT. They can be reached at (860) 287-7956 or sailpoetslounge@yahoo.com.
  • Poet's Lounge Sailing Center offers both day sails and sunset cruises, captained by a professional sailor. Sails can range from 2 to 6 hours and are available May through October.
  • Poet's Lounge Sailing Center has a 5 star rating across 16 reviews on Google.
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Olympic Sports in Connecticut (2)

Three additional summer Olympic sports that are available in Connecticut are BMX racing, golf and fencing. Details of where these sports can be participated in are detailed below.

BMX

  • Individuals who are interested in BMX racing can participate in the sport or view a race at Foothills BMX, located on Alvord Park Road in Torrington, CT. They can be reached at 860-626-1269 or foothillsbmx@gmail.com.
  • Foothills BMX offers a 1,165 foot long asphalt track with 5 turns that is open to the public from dawn until dusk on non-event days. They also host a variety of BMX racing events.
  • Foothills BMX has a 4.7 star rating across 35 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for participating in or viewing BMX in Connecticut is Bethel Supercross, located at 162 Old Hawleyville Rd in Bethel, CT.
  • Bethel Supercross offers races for all ages and experience levels. New riders can get a 1-day license to try the sport and use a loaner bike and helmet provided by the track.
  • Bethel Supercross has a 4.6 star rating across 33 reviews on Google.
  • A third option for trying out the sport of BMX racing is Trumbell BMX, located at 370 Indian Ledge Park Road in Trumbull, CT. They can be reached at 203-257-4988 or trumbulltrackbmx@yahoo.com.
  • Trumbell BMX welcomes all new riders on any day they are open and has equipment that can be rented. They also host many BMX events that interested visitors can participate in or watch.
  • Trumbell BMX has a 5 star rating across 8 reviews on Google.

Golf

  • For visitors interested in the Olympic sport of golf, Wintonbury Hills golf course, located at 206 Terry Plains Road in Bloomfield, CT, is a good option. They can be reached at 860-242-1401.
  • The course at Wintonbury Hills is a par-70 and is 6,711 yards long. It includes tree-lined holes as wells as open links-style holes. The club also offers a mobile app to track your play.
  • Wintonbury Hills has a 4.5 star rating across 99 reviews on Google and is ranked 1st among the best public golf courses in Connecticut.
  • Lake of Isles golf course, located at 1 Clubhouse Dr. in North Stonington, CT, is another good option for experiencing golf in Connecticut. They can be reached at 888-475-3746 or lais-concierge@troongolf.com.
  • Lake of Isles offers 36 holes across 900 acres. They also have indoor and outdoor practice facilities and a 50,000 sq. ft. clubhouse. Gold outings and golf experiences are also offered at Lake of Isles.
  • Lake of Isles has 4.6 star rating across 218 reviews on Google and is ranked 4th among the best public golf courses in Connecticut by Golfweek.
  • A third option for golfing in Connecticut is Keney Park Golf Course, located at 171 Windsor Ave in Windsor, CT.
  • Keney Park is an 18-hole golf course that was recently renovated. The course also offers golf lessons.
  • Keney Park has a rating of 4.2 stars across 452 reviews on Google and is ranked 2nd among public golf courses in Connecticut by Golfweek.

Fencing

  • Fencing is another summer Olympic sport that can be enjoyed in Connecticut. One option for participating in fencing in the state is the Way of the Sword Academy, located at 21 Governor St in Ridgefield, CT. They can be reached at 203-403-3849 or info@wayofthesword.org.
  • Way of the Sword offers group and private fencing lessons. Lessons are based in their S.T.A.R. methodology, which stands for "Study, Train, Apply, Repeat."
  • Way of the Sword has a 5 star rating across 29 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for participating in fencing in Connecticut is Olympian Fencing Studio, located at 388 Danbury Rd in Wilton, CT. They can be reached at 203-339-5083.
  • Olympian Fencing Studio is focused on teaching fencing to youth and offers classes for youth of all ages and skill levels. The studio is owned and run by Olympic gold medalist Galya Pundyk.
  • Olympian Fencing Studio has a 5 star rating across 13 reviews on Google.
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Olympic Sports in Connecticut (3)

Three additional summer Olympic sports than can be enjoyed in Connecticut are skateboarding, mountain biking and equestrian sports. Details on how and where these sports can be enjoyed are outlined below.

Skateboarding

  • Visitors interested in the Olympic sport of skateboarding can participate in the sport at Compo Beach Skate Park, located on Compo Beach Rd in Westport, CT. The park is run by the city of Westport and can be contacted at 203-226-1251.
  • The Compo Beach Skate Park offers a blacktop area as well as ramps, rails, and half pipes designed for skating. There is a daily fee of $10 to use the skate park.
  • Campo Beach Skate Park has a 4.6 star rating across 46 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for experiencing skateboarding in Connecticut is Hive Skate Shop and Indoor Skate Park, located at 139 Shaw St in New London, CT. They can be reached at 860- 442-4483 or charlie@hiveskateshop.com.
  • Visitors can use Hive's indoor skate park for a daily admission fee of $15. Hive also offers skateboarding camps in the summer, with indoor and travel skate camp options.
  • Hive Skate Shop and Indoor Skate Park has a 4.8 star rating across 48 reviews on Google.

Mountain Biking

  • The summer Olympic sport of mountain biking can be enjoyed at The Singletracks of Rockland, located on the Rockland Preserve at 99 Renee Way in Madison, CT. The preserve can be reached at 203-245-5623.
  • The Singletracks of Rockland are trails built by volunteers through the preserve for the purpose of non-motorized uses, such as mountain biking and trail running. There are 5 loops within the preserve.
  • The Singletracks of Rockland have a 4.8 star rating across 109 reviews on Google.
  • Another option for mountain biking in Connecticut is Miller's Pond State Park located at 18 Ranger Road in Haddam, CT. They can be reached at 860-345-8521.
  • The Miller's Pond trail is a five mile long advanced mountain bilking trail. It is known for being a technical ride with multiple uphill climbs and log rides.
  • The Miller's Pond mountain biking trail is rated 4.86 stars on Single Tracks, a site dedicated to rating mountain bike trails.
  • If a rental bike is needed to ride The Singletracks of Rockland or Miller's Pond, Pedal Power in Middletown, CT is a good choice. The shop is rated 4.9 stars across 87 reviews on Google.

Equestrian Sports

  • Equestrian sports can be enjoyed at Grandview Farms Equestrian Center located at 280 S Rd in Harwinton, CT. They can be contacted at 860-485-0079.
  • Grandview Farms offers both western and English horseback riding lessons. Private, semi-private and group lessons are available.
  • Grandview Farms has a 5 star rating across 10 reviews on Google.
  • Gold Rush Farms, located at 5 Silver Hill Rd in Easton, CT is another option for enjoying equestrian sports in Connecticut. They can be reached at 203-268-9994.
  • At Gold Rush Farms, visitors can enjoy riding lessons, trail rides and pony rides. The farm also offers horseback riding camps.
  • Gold Rush Farms has a rating of 4.6 stars across 29 reviews on Google.
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Olympic Sports in Connecticut (4)

Three additional summer Olympic sports that are available in Connecticut are volleyball, athletics/running and shooting sports. Details on how visitors can participate in these sports within the state are outlined below.

Volleyball

  • The Sandbox, located at 1500 Gold Star Hwy, Groton, CT, is an indoor beach sports center where visitors can participate in beach volleyball year-round. They can be reached at 860.495.0426 or info@sandboxbeach.com.
  • Visitors can play beach volleyball on a drop in basis for $10. The Sandbox also offers multiple different beach volleyball leagues.
  • The Sandbox has a 4.7 star rating on Google.
  • Another option for enjoying volleyball in Connecticut is Insports, located at 29 Trefoil Dr in Trumbull, CT. They can be reached at 203-268-1214 or info@insportscenters.com.
  • Insports has three hardwood volleyball courts. The courts can be rented by the hour.
  • Insports has a 4.3 star rating on Google.

Athletics/Running

  • The summer Olympic sport of athletics includes all the running events, including the 5K races and marathons.
  • The Hartford Marathon is one way to enjoy the sport of running in Connecticut. The race is held in Hartford, CT in October of each year. Race organizers can be contacted through this contact form.
  • In addition to the marathon, participants can register for a half-marathon, team relay or 5K race. Runners can raise money for a variety of charities by participating.
  • The Hartford Marathon has a rating of 4.9 stars on Find My Marathon and is rated the best marathon in Connecticut by Race Raves.
  • Another option for running in Connecticut is the Mainly Marathons New England Series marathon in Simsbury, CT.
  • The race is scheduled for June 9 and is part of a series of 7 races in 7 days. The race claims to have a "no runner left behind" policy and will wait for the last runner to finish, no matter how long it takes.
  • The Mainly Marathons Series has a rating of 4.5/5 on Race Raves.

Shooting

  • Individuals interested in shooting sports can enjoy them at Shooting Sports Academy, located at 27 Main St in Monroe, CT. They can be reached at 203-880-9231.
  • Shooting Sports Academy offers a gun range and introductory to advanced shooting lessons. Range time can be purchased separately or included in lesson prices.
  • Shooting Sports Academy has a rating of 4.4 stars on Google.
  • Another option for participating in shooting sports is Bridgeport Shooting Range, located at 1918 Stratford Ave in Bridgeport, CT. They can be reached at 203-330-9772 or by completing the contact form on their website.
  • Bridgeport Shooting Range is open to the public and welcomes shooters of all ages and group sizes. They also offer a wide range of shooting courses.
  • Bridgeport Shooting Range has a 4.5 star rating on Google.
  • A third option for participating in shooting sports in Connecticut is Glastonbury Range, located at 344 Toll Gate Rd in South Glastonbury, CT. The range is run by the state, which can be reached at 860-424-3000.
  • Glastonbury Range is an outdoor gun range. There are no fees for use, but reservations are recommended. Visitors must bring their own guns, ammunition, ear protection and other gear.
  • The Glastonbury Range has a 4.4 star rating on Google.
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