15 Best Things To Do in Hartford, Connecticut

Want some insurance work done? Visit Hartford. Yes, that had been the image of Hartford some years ago. People made trips to Hartford to get such things dealt with. And even the idea of going on a leisure trip to Hartford would have invited scorn from others. However, time changes everything.

Thanks to the millions infused in the tourism sector, there came about a confluence of political, social, religious and technological conventions to give birth to a new Hartford that now shines as a beacon of radical change. Without further ado, let us set the tempo for what is about to follow. Dig in guys! Go through the following list of best places to visit in Hartford so as to make your Hartford trip memorable.

Let's explore the Hartford points of interest and 15 best things to do in Hartford:

1. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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Don’t go by the looks of it; it appears plain, simple and tiny only from the outside. On the inside, well it is a mind-blowing altar of information and knowledge. Featuring uncountable exhibits ranging from everything to everything, this is the first place that anyone visiting Hartford should visit.

2. Hartford Stage

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The Hartford Stage is a comfy and cosy theatre that shows some of the best plays one has to offer. And the best part is that the seating layout in this theatre is amazing. Even if you’re seated at a corner or in the last row, you won’t feel discomfiture creep into your mind. Besides, it is economical and has some world-class actors.

3. The Mark Twain House and Museum

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Everyone knows about Huckleberry Finn and its author, Mark Twain. However few people know that his actual name was Samuel Clemens. And fewer people know that he was based in Hartford. Well, his house has been turned into a museum, and you can personally visit and go through his life. It is a very quiet place and surely worth a visit.

4. State Capitol

The State Capitol is the symbol of political power in the capital city of the state of Connecticut. It is a good place to hang around especially if you are an architecture lover. You would be impressed by the intricate details done on the building. There are tours arranged as well, so go for it!

5. Connecticut Science Centre

If you have kids tagging along with you, you can think of visiting the Science Centre. It has some awesome science experiments and live demonstrations for kids and also has some 3D informative movies on the roster. So if you’re up for some fun thing for your child, this is a must visit place!

6. Bushnell Park

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A large-sized park set in the Investment City that could act as the perfect way to start your day, while on a trip. It has solid tracks for walking and jogging and large green tracts. Besides these quaint charms, it also has a carousel area where kids can enjoy, memorials honouring the Civil War heroes and 150 species of trees. Are you a nature enthusiast? You should give this park a visit to see those exotic species!

7. Harriet Beecher Stowe Centre

Harriet Beecher was another famous American author who lived in Mark Twain’s neighbourhood. Although her house is smaller than his, it still is a historical site, and you’ll find one of the best-informed tours here. The house is in good shape and properly maintained. You would love the gift stores too!

8. Ancient Burying Grounds

This is Hartford’s oldest historical site. Now we know it seems absurd to ask people visit a cemetery. However we have solid grounds for that. The place is full of headstones that have art-forms done by the folk artists of their time. Some stones date even to the 16th century! The cemetery has an archaic aura to it, and you really feel at peace while you weave through the grave sites. Truly a place where your mind pauses and reflects on your life.

9. Old State House

Managed by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Old State House is a registered National Landmark open all year round and houses some of the most bizarre things. It has the trappings of colonial times enmeshed in its architecture. There is even a museum of natural and other curiosities that houses some of the oddities that are one on a million.

10. Connecticut Convention Centre

Overlooking the Connecticut River, the Convention Centre is a large rental space that is rented for trade-shows, conclaves, fairs, festivals and such occasions. It has awesome dining opportunities and is a must visit the place to visit to tour either a fair that’s ongoing or to see the humungous but ornate architecture.

11. Real Art Ways

Well, this is something to reckon with. Real Art Ways is a prominent art organization that has a diversified and extensive link to artists, innovation and communities. Various programs are held here which are a treat to watch. Visual arts, exhibitions, literary events are some of the many. Be sure to visit it; it will really be a pleasing experience!

12. Hog River Brewing Company

The Hog River Brewing Company has been institutionalized in a tire factory, and it retains the charms of the latter. Generally, food trucks frequent the area so along with cold and fresh beer; you get some lip-smacking appetizers too. Besides, it is known for its good service and a delectable variety of beers!

13. Playhouse on Park

If you wish to seek a low-key theatre not as demanding as the Hartford Stage, you can visit Playhouse on Park. With horseshoe seating arrangements, back rows are not a problem anymore. It is a good tiny but comfortable theatre with some good actors. It also hosts some comedy shows as well which are a great hit among the public. Got a little time to spare? Visit Playhouse on Park, and you won’t be disappointed.

14. Infinity Music Hall and Bistro

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This is as premium as it gets, The Infinity Music Hall and Bistro have hosted some of the most famous artists. The acoustics is awesome as from no corner you can find a chink in its armour. The seats are comfortable with cup holders, and the service is flawless. There is indoor parking too at nominal charges.

15. The Russian Lady

The Russian Lady is one of the bars in Hartford that won’t cost much. Beer-on-tap, great drink specials, happy hours and friendly staff have given it a pleasing image. Not only does it have an indoor bar, but the patio on the outside is good too. All in all, a good place to rest.

Ah, and so we reach the end of the line. Guess what though; the list touches just the tip of the iceberg! There are so many things that Hartford has to offer. And the next time, when you return from Hartford with a vacation well spent, make sure that you tell your friends about it. Cheers!

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    The Mark Twain House And Museum

    Tags: Museum, Historical Site

    Address: 351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105, USA

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:30 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

    Tags: Museum, Landmark

    Address: 77 Forest St, Hartford, CT 06105, USA

    Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 tour...Read more

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    Connecticut State Capitol

    Tags: Architecture

    Address: Hartford, CT 06106, USA

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    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 ...Read more

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    Connecticut Convention Center

    Tags: Convention Center

    Address: 100 Columbus Blvd #400, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

    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 Connec...Read more

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    X L Center

    Tags: Sport, Arena, Entertainment, Concert

    Address: 1 Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

    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 ...Read more

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    Old State House

    Tags: Landmark, Architecture

    Address: 800 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    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 o...Read more

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    TheaterWorks

    Tags: Performance, Theatre

    Address: 233 Pearl St, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

    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 a...Read more

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    Cedar Hill Cemetery

    Tags: Statue, Cemetery

    Address: 453 Fairfield Ave, Hartford, CT 06114, USA

    Timings: 07:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

    Cedar Hill Cemetery is spread over a huge 270 acres and is one of the most popular attractions in Hartford. The reason for this immense popularity is the history and natural beauty of the park. There ...Read more

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    Trinity College

    Tags: Educational Site

    Address: 300 Summit St, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

    Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The privately run liberal arts teaching Trinity College was established in the year 1823, becoming one of the oldest colleges in the whole state of Connecticut. The college has a magnificent campus an...Read more

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    Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

    Tags: Waterfront, Park, Walking Area, Sculpture

    Address: Hartford, CT 06103, United States

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Opened in 1999, the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is a beautifully landscaped park that is located on the very edge of the Connecticut River. The Plaza is a wonderful attraction and hosts a number of eve...Read more

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    Connecticut State Library And State Archives

    Tags: Library

    Address: 231 Capitol Ave #2, Hartford, CT 06106, USA

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Connecticut State Library aims to preserve and make accessible the history of Connecticut, its culture and legacy to the people and aid in development of the whole state. It is a treasure trove of...Read more

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    Blue Back Square

    Tags: Mall, Shopping Center

    Address: 65 Memorial Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107, USA

    Timings: 10:00 am - 09:00 pm Details

    The Blue Back Square is a shopping mall that was built to meet the shopping and recreational needs of the people of Hartford. There are a number of clothing stores, retail outlets and restaurants in t...Read more

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    Keney Park Barbour Entrance Image
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    Tags: Park

    Address: 280 Tower Ave, Hartford, CT 06120, USA

    Easily accessible by public transport and private vehicles, Keney Park is a great destination for a family excursion. While the kids can play and have fun in the playground, the elders can enjoy a sma...Read more

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    Webster Theatre Image
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    Address: 31 Webster St

    Timings: 12:00 pm - 04:30 pm Details
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    Hannah Drouin

    Really awesome venue, intimate setting, makes you feel like you are really part of the concert. No seating, just standing. Parking is really difficult to find though so get there early or you'll be wa...

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    Launch Trampoline Park Image
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    Timings: 12:00 pm - 08:00 pm Details
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    Mary Knuth

    Kids had a blast. The employees were helpful and nice. Clean and organized. Great way to get the kids to burn off some energy. Fun dodgball games for the older kids. Lots of employees supervising....

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