Students can take fun local excursions for free or cheap


A College program makes it easy for students to get out and explore southeastern Connecticut, often for little or no money.

Get Out! (GO!) events include transportation and free or discounted tickets to concerts, movies, plays and much more. They’re planned and largely paid for the Student Activities Council and the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership Education. More about student events and programs.

The program, which started in 2009, has allowed students to see a variety of performances, productions and sporting events each semester as well as experience activities like ziplining, trampoline training, apple picking and after-hours restaurant dining. They’ve even visited an alpaca farm.

The program not only helps new students discover what there is to do in the area, but it lets upperclassmen revisit their favorite spots at a discount, says Director of Student Engagement & Leadership Education Scott McEver.

About half of all GO! events are offered at no cost. Others typically range from $3 to $5. A few, like Broadway touring shows and concerts, cost a bit more but are still a bargain, according to McEver. For example, tickets and transportation to the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford to see a touring production of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon” will cost students about $30, one-tenth the cost of a Broadway ticket and less than half the normal Bushnell price.

GO! events scheduled for spring include:

• “Memphis” touring musical, Feb. 1
• Hibachi dinner, Feb. 7
• Ski trip, Feb. 15
• Bowling, Feb. 21
• Mystic Aquarium, March 1
• “The Book of Mormon,” March 29
• New York City trip, April 5
• Roger Williams Park and Zoo, April 26