Connecticut Science Center

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Connecticut Science Center which includes interior views as well as children

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.

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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$3,105 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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 ...
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"Every thing was great room smell great and clean"

Reviewed on 2021/9/6

Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,685 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
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! (971 reviews)
"Rooms were unique and charming. Check in was a breeze and was able to find street parking easily (fri after 6pm all parking is free for the weekend). Great restaurants in walking distance (Black Eyed Sally, Agave Grill, Bears Smokehouse BBQ, and Ashley’s for breakfast! Only downer…room service began ..."

Reviewed on 2021/9/20

The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,992 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Trinity College are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (981 reviews)
"The easy access to the XL center"

Reviewed on 2021/9/13

Hilton Hartford
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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$2,776 per night from Oct 6 to Oct 6
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,685 per night from Sep 22 to Sep 22
The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,992 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
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$3,105 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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$6,902 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Marriott Hartford Downtown
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
The price is NT$3,040 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,994 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
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$5,239 per night from Sep 23 to Sep 23
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Red Lion Hotel Hartford
Red Lion Hotel Hartford
3.5 out of 5
50 Morgan Street, Hartford, CT
Red Lion Hotel Hartford
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