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On- and Off-Campus Adventures

Get ready to explore the area and meet new friends!

During your first week at UHart, you can sign up for one of our exciting on- and off- campus adventures such as tubing down Farmington River, trying local restaurants in West Hartford Center, or visiting the Science Center Downtown Hartford. The activities are free and transportation will be provided. Each student can participate in one activity either on Sunday or Monday. Read the activity descriptions below and rank your top three choices in the form. The week prior to your arrival on campus, you will get an email confirming the activity you will attend.

We can’t wait to show you the area!

Do you have any questions? Send us an email at css@hartford.edu or call 860.768.7003.

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Adventure Descriptions

Students, you are strongly encouraged to read the activity descriptions below to assist in choosing three preferences. You will receive confirmation prior checking in to the fall semester. These trips are open to all incoming students. 

Floating Down the Farmington River

Enjoy a relaxing ride with new friends down the Farmington River. There are even two small rapids to navigate in your tube for some added excitement.

  • Sunday, 10:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.
  • Monday, 10:15 a.m.–3:15 p.m.

Disclaimer: Participants will need to be able to swim and should be physically and medically able to participate. Appropriate clothing and footware that can get wet for swimming is necessary.

College Life with Faith

Navigate some of the first-year challenges of college life through fun activities, lively discussions, and delicious ice cream sundaes. Led by upperclassmen at the new Catholic Campus Ministry Center. Mass and cookout follows the retreat for those who would like to stay. This program is open to students of all faiths. 

  • Sunday, 10:15 a.m.–3 p.m.  

Dragon Boat Experience on the Connecticut River 

Enjoy a fun afternoon on the scenic Connecticut river paddling Dragon Boats. What is a Dragon Boat, you may ask? Dragon Boats are boats with a traditional Chinese design, typically decorated to resemble a dragon, propelled with paddles by a large crew and used for racing. Have a great time with your classmates in a competitive and fun activity. 

  • Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, 1:30–4:15 p.m. 

Yoga and Mindfulness in Glastonbury

Get ready for the school year by practicing some yoga and meditation at a local studio. Fuller Yoga in nearby Glastonbury is excited to host an all-levels yoga class followed by a brief exercise in meditation and mindfulness. Then, nourish yourselves with a healthful juice from Liquid Nirvana.

  • Sunday, 11:45 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

Connecticut Science Center and 3D Movie

Join faculty members for an interesting and interactive visit to the Connecticut Science Center. Students from all majors are invited. This trip kicks off with a 3D film, which tells the epic, true story of explorer Henry Bates’s fascinating 11-year journey through the visually stunning and biodiverse Amazon rainforest as a young man who risks his life for science in the 1850’s. You will spend the remaining portion of the afternoon exploring the Science Center and taking part in a team-oriented scavenger hunt.

  • Sunday, noon–4 p.m. 

Biking in Simsbury

Join us for a wonderful ride through lovely historic Simsbury, Conn. We will follow the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail starting in Simsbury and heading north to Granby, Conn. Bicycles, helmets, and water will provided. Students should wear comfortable clothing. We will bike for approximately two hours, which will include a stop for some tasty ice cream.

  • Sunday, 12:15–3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, 12:15–3:30 p.m.

Disclaimer: Participants will need to be able to ride a bike, as lessons are not part of the tour. 

Writing and Power: Mark Twain House

American writers show us that writing is key to self-discovery and social change. Satirist Mark Twain, author of Huckleberry Finn, urged 19th-century America to live up to its ideals of equality, freedom, and justice. Join as we tour the places where this great Hartford writer lived and worked. After the tour, we’ll spend time discussing the power of writing, and then write ourselves, exploring our own experiences and inspirations.

  • Sunday, 12:15–3:30 p.m.

Hiking Talcott Mountain

Just a short drive from campus stands Talcott Mountain. On top of the long-wooded ledge stands Heublein Tower, once a private summer home which allows views as far north as the Berkshires and as far south as the Long Island Sound. Join classmates on the 1.25-mile hike to the top along a path through the woods and enjoy a break with a view when you get to the top. Please note: this trail is steep, but the views are worth it.

  • Sunday, 12:30–4 p.m. 
  • Monday, 12:15–3 p.m. 

Ropes Course and Building Community

Join us for a day of adventure on the University of Hartford’s Challenge Course where interactive group games, problem-solving initiatives, and high- and low-element challenges await. The emphasis will be on building community and having fun as teams will strategize how to build bridges while island hopping, passing through a Spider’s web to safety, or when swinging on a rope to a nearby platform. Adventure awaits!

Disclaimer: Participants will need to engage in ropes course activities and should be physically and medically able to participate.

  • Sunday, 12:45–3 p.m. 
  • Monday, 12:45–3 p.m. 

A Traveling Taste of West Hartford

Sample the rich cultural traditions of West Hartford as you travel through local restaurants to sample food, learn about ingredients, and see how food is a powerful tool for cultural learning. We will "travel to different countries" and get a taste for the reasons behind why cuisine so greatly enriches the lives of the people preparing and enjoying it.

  • Monday, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. 

Howie's Dodgeball Tournament

Players will be randomly grouped into eight teams of six participants each to participate in a double-elimination dodgeball tournament. Get to know your fellow first-year students and burn off some energy in a fast-paced game of dodgeball.

  • Monday, 10:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Hartford Men's Soccer vs. Niagara

Join your fellow Hartford Hawks to cheer on the Men's Soccer team as it faces Niagara University in an exciting match on Al-Marzook Field at Alumni Stadium. Students will be accompanied to the game by coaches from Hartford's other Division I teams. Come out and show your Hawk spirit!

  • Monday, 12:45–4 p.m.

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