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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.


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Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area NT$2,529
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connecticut Science Center, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Xfinity Theatre and Trinity College are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hartford Union Station is 26 minutes by foot.

    The Goodwin Hotel NT$4,063
    The Goodwin Hotel

    The Goodwin Hotel

    1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      Hilton Hartford NT$2,651
      Hilton Hartford

      Hilton Hartford

      315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 7 minutes by foot.

        The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection NT$2,529
        The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

        The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

        440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theater Works, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Xfinity Theatre and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is only a 2-minute walk.

          Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
          Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown

          Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown

          338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of XL Center and Connecticut Convention Center. Xfinity Theatre and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is only a 3-minute walk.

            Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown NT$3,834
            Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown

            Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown

            942 Main St, Hartford, CT
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 10 minutes by foot.

              Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
              Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown

              Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown

              440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is only a 2-minute walk.

                Marriott Hartford Downtown NT$3,863
                Marriott Hartford Downtown

                Marriott Hartford Downtown

                200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Hartford, this spa hotel is steps from Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 17 minutes by foot.