The stunning and charming capital city of Connecticut is home to some of the most interesting sights and attractions boasting unique museums, historical landmarks, magnificent government structures, a bustling port, uncrowded green spaces, romantic restaurants and a vibrant performing arts scene. The endless list of attractions offered by the city are surely going to keep you engaged and entertained as you go around exploring the city. The best way to experience the wonderful city is to indulge in some of the best things to do in Hartford which include some of the most iconic sites and landmarks like the Wadsworth Atheneum, Old State House, Connecticut State Capitol, The Governor's Residence and Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. The city is home to some of the best museums in the United States and it is essential to visit at least one of these museums when in the city. Some of the best museums include Connecticut Science Centre, Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library and the Children's Museum. The city is home to uncrowded green spaces, parks and gardens like Elizabeth Park, Bushnell Park and Park River Kayaking that are all uncrowded and are perfect to take an evening walk. Performing arts plays a significant role in the culture of the city, and there are numerous theatres and concert halls showcasing theatrical as well as musical performances. These venues include Hartford Stage, Bushnell Centre for the Performing Arts, Theatre Works, New England Dodge Music Centre, Webster Theatre, Cinestudio and Real Art Ways. Other top attractions in Hartford include The Noah Webster House, Butler McCook House & Garden, Joseph Webb House, Silas Deane House and Nathan Hale Homestead. The exciting city of Hartford is an experience in itself and is a must visit for every avid traveller.
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What to Do in and around Hartford
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351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, USA
09:30 am - 05:30 pm
The Mark Twain House & Museum is the very house where the famous American writer lived from 1874 to 1891. The house is built in the classic American High Gothic style of architecture and has been declared a National Historic Landmark because of its illustrious history. The building has in the past served as a public library, apartment building and even a school. The museum here showcases Mark Twain's work and his life. It is considered to be one of the very best historic homes and a must visit sight while in Hartford.
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600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
11:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Wadsworth Atheneum is an art museum that was built in 1842 and is well renowned for its distinct collection of Hudson River landscapes, European art, American and French Impressionist paintings and some modern marvels. The Wadsworth Atheneum is actually one of the oldest still-in-operation art museums in USA. Some of the most prominent artists whose artpieces are featured here are Salvador Dali, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Frederic Church. Apart from all these exhibitions, the museum building itself is a work of beauty with its castle like architecture and various statues erected over the premises.
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250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
10:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Connecticut Science Center is a huge 9 story museum that was opened in 2009 and has an astounding collection of exhibitions like pictures, videos, audios, programs and other demos. The museum is spread over an enormous area and has various galleries like the Exploring Space, Forces in Motion, River of Life, KidSpace, Invention Dimension and Sight and Sound Experience. The Center is a tourist hotspot and attracts people from all over the country for its remarkable displays.
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1561 Asylum Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117, USA
06:00 am - 06:00 pm
The 102 acre Elizabeth Park was opened in 1897 and was called Prospect Hill back when it was inaugurated. Today the park is one of the most beautiful spots in Hartford with its quaint pathways, green lawns, gardens, Lord and Burnham greenhouses, picnic grove and even a wonderful pond. Apart from these attractions the rose garden is also a very important spot with its more than 15000 bushes of 800 rose varieties. The Rose garden is now one of the biggest attractions of the park and attracts thousands of tourists each year.
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77 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105, USA
09:30 am - 05:00 pm
The historic Harriet Beecher Stowe House was the house of the famous author Harriet Beecher Stowe. It has been declared a National Historic Landmark. The house now operates as a museum and guided tours are provided for the detailed information of visitors. An old carriage house is also located on the premises and in-fact functions as the visitor centre. The house is a must visit for all those who are interested in getting to know the cultural legacy and history of Hartford.
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50 Church St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Watch some spectacular performances at the Hartford Stage, where each performance will look like magic. They are especially popular for reviving the classics and presenting them in a completely new light. The aim of Hartford Stage is to educate and entertain the audiences by delighting them with theatrical works and creating a positive impact for them in the future. Do catch a show of their fabulous work while on a visit to Hartford.
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166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Opened in 1930, the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts is an amazing venue that aims to display the ingenuity and brilliance of Connecticut performers and artists. Many plays, musicals and operas regularly take place at this performing arts venue and help in delighting the thousands of visitors who come here often. The Bushnell also produces Broadway shows and has plenty of programs keeping in mind, not only the audience at just Hartford, but also the rest if the world.
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Trinity St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA
The Bushnell Park was built in the 1850s and thus is one of the oldest public funded parks located in the USA. It is spread over 50 acres and is one of the most popular parks in the whole area attracting almost millions of visitors each year. It was included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 thus cementing its importance in the city of Hartford. The park boasts of lush and beautiful greenery, a water pond and also hosts a number of events like festivals and music programs all over the year.
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Hartford, CT 06106, USA
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Connecticut State Capitol comprises of some of the most important institutions of the state of Connecticut like the Lower House, Upper House, State Senate, General assembly, Governor's office and the House of Representatives. The building was built from 1872 – 1878 and the architecture is a classic mix of Eastlake Movement architecture stylized with a few French and Gothic elements. All over the structure is brilliant to look at, and is a marvelous work of art. It is also very interesting to see the lawmakers at work in their elements and learn more about the history of Connecticut.
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100 Columbus Blvd #400, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Located right next to the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Convention Center is a huge 205000 square feet exhibition area that is able to host a variety of fun and interesting events like the ConnectiCon. The architecture of the building is very grand, and sets the convention center apart from all of the other buildings in the city. Because of its huge size, it is also famous as the largest convention place from New York to Boston. With a number of events occurring throughout the year, the center attracts a multitude of people all the time.
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1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Opened in 1975, the XL Center is a multi-sporting arena and convention center that hosts a number of sporting events all through the year. Basketball and Ice Hockey are 2 of the most popular sporting events that take place in XL Center. Apart from these sporting events, a number of musical concerts and gigs also take place in the center area. The facility also has an exhibition center with ample space available to host conferences, meetings, debates and other important and formal affairs. Catching the local teams play at the center is a highly recommended thing to do in Hartford.
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800 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
The Old State House in Hartford is popularly believed to be the first public building that was constructed in the city and was used for various official purposes. Over the years it has seen a number of famous people and popular events being hosted. Thus, the building was also declared to be a National Historic Landmark in 1960. Though the building has been closed for indoor viewing, the architecture of the building is such, that it is a sight to behold on your visit to Hartford. The fancy building is sure to arouse everyone’s curiosity and its rumors of being haunted have further added to the building popularity.
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1 Elizabeth St, Hartford, CT 06105, USA
12:00 pm - 05:00 pm
The Connecticut Historical Society or CHS as it is popularly referred to as now, is a combination of an education center, museum, library and archive, opened for the betterment of the people of the state. The CHS is also one of the oldest historical societies in USA, being opened back in 1825. The CHS boasts of a number of books, research materials, artifacts, audio and video data, costumes and textiles making it one of the best places to learn about the history of Connecticut. It also makes up for both an educational and entertaining experience for visitors, coming to Hartford for the first time.
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233 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
12:01 am - 12:00 am
Started in 1985, Theater Works is a professional theater company that has made over a hundred plays and puts up more than 200 performances in a year. The group is known for its brilliance, ingenuity and highly enjoyable plays, with thousands of people vying to attend one of their shows every year. The theater is relatively small, seating 195 people at a time, making the experience of watching a play more personal and up-close. Do try and catch a show while you are visiting Hartford for some enjoyable moments.
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60 Gold St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA
10:00 am - 04:00 pm
The First Church of Christ is a historic church and is located in the premises of the famous Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford. The church is in fact one of the oldest congregation churches in the city. Some of the earliest burials are from the 1600s and people of all ages, races, genders, religions or status were buried at the very same spot. As of today the burying ground is visited by a lot of people, some whose relatives are buried here, and others who want to see the magnificence of this famous burial. The burying ground has a very grand and somber appearance, and looks like one of those places still stuck in the loop of time.