Bushnell Park

Bushnell Park featuring a garden, heritage architecture and a castle

Bushnell Park

Relax near the pond or take a ride on the antique carousel at one of America’s oldest publicly funded parks, located in the heart of Hartford.

Opened in 1854, Bushnell Park is one of America’s oldest publicly funded parks. Join Hartford residents and visitors exploring the rolling lawns and historic monuments of this special place.

The park’s carousel has delighted visitors for over 100 years. Hop on one of the hand-carved horses and appreciate its history. The small ticket price goes directly toward maintaining the antique horses and pavilion.

Located near the carousel and Jewell Street, Bushnell Park’s pond is a central place to congregate. It features a stainless steel sculpture, called Harmony, which seems to burst from the water.

Continue toward Park River, to see the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. This monument honors the 4,000 Hartford citizens who fought in the Civil War. On Thursdays at noon between May and October you can take a free tour of the arch. Climb the 96 steps to the top and enjoy the beautiful view.

Statues of notable local figures stand throughout the park. Horace Wells, the pioneer of using anesthesia in dentistry, looks out over the pond. Revolutionary War hero, Israel Putnam, lords over the land near the Capitol Building.

Bushnell Park is home to four “champion trees” that are the largest of their kind in Connecticut. These are a Chinese mahogany, a turkey oak, a hardy rubber tree and the offspring of the Charter Oak, the original state tree of Connecticut, which appears on the state quarter. Pick up a “Tree Walk” brochure at Legislative Office on Capitol Avenue to be sure to see everything.

Appreciate culture at the Pump House Gallery. This is a functioning pump house that also features works by local artists. Call the City of Hartford for opening times and current exhibits.

The newly built Performance Pavilion near the Capitol Building hosts theater, music and dance performances. Call the Bushnell Park Foundation to see what’s on the calendar.

From most places in Bushnell Park, you can see the gleaming copper dome of the State Capitol Building. Find good choices for dining at several cafés and shops located within easy walking distance. Bushnell Park is open every day.

Top Hotels Close to Bushnell Park

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$3,064 per night from May 23 to May 24
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Hartford. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff in ...
3.6/5 Good! (354 reviews)
"The property was excellent and our stay went well. Breakfast was on par with most places, but wasn't anything spectacular. The only issue I had was with parking. When you park in the lot, you have to sign in and purchase your parking online. Unfortunately, the parking is not linked with the hotel, ..."

Reviewed on 2022/5/16

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$5,362 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
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4/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
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The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$7,673 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
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Reviewed on 2022/5/2

The Goodwin Hotel
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Best Lodging Options Near Bushnell Park

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$3,064 per night from May 23 to May 24
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$5,362 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Hilton Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$7,673 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
The Goodwin Hotel
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 out of 5
351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT, 06108
The price is NT$3,466 per night from May 26 to May 27
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT, 06120
The price is NT$3,614 per night from May 30 to May 31
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT, 06108
The price is NT$3,531 per night from May 23 to May 24
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Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$7,969 per night from Jun 3 to Jun 4
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
3.5 out of 5
942 Main St, Hartford, CT, 06103
The price is NT$5,190 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
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The Buckingham Apartments
The Buckingham Apartments
3.5 out of 5
177 Buckingham St, Hartford, CT, 06106
The Buckingham Apartments
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