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Connecticut Science Center
Vacation Travel Guide

Leave your textbooks at home and learn about science by playing, exploring and inventing your way through this interactive science center in Hartford.

The Connecticut Science Center is a fairly new addition to Hartford’s cultural scene. Have fun learning about science from over 150 interactive exhibits, an eye-popping 3-D movie theater and frequent special events.

If you have ever wanted to hear light or feel sound, visit Sight and Sound. Create music using lasers, cutting-edge software and your own body movements. Discover the universe and beyond in Exploring Space. Buckle into your flight chair and navigate a black hole, explore a supernova and investigate the moon’s craters.

Add a little friendly competition to your day at Forces in Motion. In this exhibit you will design a motion-related invention and test it against other visitors’ creations. See how gravity works in the Drop Zone, where objects fall in slow motion.

Kidspace is appealing for the science center’s youngest visitors. Between playing with the magnetic ball wall and the cascading water center, children won’t even realize that they’re learning important scientific concepts.

Other exhibits explore subjects from sports to the environment to medicine. Learn how to use scientific knowledge to take better care of your body. Explore the ecosystem of the Connecticut River. Devise your own invention and show it off.

Watching a movie takes on a whole new dimension in the 3-D movie theater. Settle back and enjoy one of the 45-minute films. Several different movies are shown throughout the day.

The science center also hosts temporary shows in the Traveling Exhibit Gallery. Just like the permanent attractions, these are sure to grab your attention. Grossology, a recent temporary exhibit, explored how the body’s grosser functions are actually vital processes to keep you healthy.

If you get hungry, have lunch at the sandwich shop on the first floor or bring your own picnic to eat at one of the tables.

The Connecticut Science Center is open every day except Mondays and major holidays. Buy a general admission ticket or a combo that also allows you to see one movie in the theater. There is ample parking nearby. The city’s free Star Shuttle stops here.

Top Hotels Close to Connecticut Science Center

The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$5,013 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

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 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (900 reviews)

"Very spacious room with large couch allowed us to watch television. The hotel was very quiet due to COVID-restrictions are in place, and the staff is eager to assist with needs- incredibly attentiveand professional."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/9

The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,595 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Absolutely enjoyed my stay here and love the new safety precautions put in place due to COVID. Every staff that I had come in contact with was extremely pleasant!! See you all soon!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/24

Hilton Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 out of 5
351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,357 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23

Located in the heart of East Hartford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,003 reviews)

"This hotel was very convenient and clean. The price was right, located close to downtown. We booked a 2 queen beds suite and it was HUGE with plenty of space and a nice seating area. The only draw back was the challenge of getting an Uber willing to come to the location on NYE. Once we got someone ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/4

Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Connecticut Science Center

The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$5,013 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,595 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Hilton Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 out of 5
351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,357 per night from Jan 22 to Jan 23
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,173 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
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
The price is NT$3,108 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area
3.5 out of 5
100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,118 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,772 per night from Jan 23 to Jan 24
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,118 per night from Feb 7 to Feb 8
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown
Red Lion Hotel Hartford
Red Lion Hotel Hartford
3.5 out of 5
MORGAN STREET, 50, Hartford, CT
Red Lion Hotel Hartford
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.