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Hartford, CT

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Hartford featuring heritage architecture, a city and an administrative buidling

Visit Mark Twain’s home city of Hartford, where restored Civil War-era mansions, museums and the country’s oldest park preserve the nation’s history.

Hartford is an almost 400-year-old city that has survived the ups and downs of America’s history. Explore the rich heritage of this destination that features some of the oldest institutions in the nation and the former residence of America’s beloved author, Mark Twain.

Start the day with a calming walk through America’s oldest public park, Bushnell Park. Located in the city center, this thoroughfare is decorated with graceful pathways, monuments to American soldiers and a huge archway crowned by two turrets. Relax under trees to escape typically hot and humid summers. In winter the park is often covered under a blanket of snow.

Walk to the nearby Wadsworth Atheneum to delight in more than 50,000 works of pilgrim-era and European art in one of the nation’s oldest art museum. Tour the exclusive rooms and stages of the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts or the award-winning Hartford Stage, then come back later to see a show. Both theaters host musicals, plays and orchestras several nights a week.

Many of the city’s restaurants and hotels can be found along the busy Asylum Street. Stop for lunch then walk to the nearby Mark Twain House and Museum. Here you’ll experience the living quarters of the famous author and see exhibits themed around his life. Take in more history at the Harriet Beecher Stowe House and Library or the Butler McCook House and Garden. Both restored mansions, they feature civil war-era art and antiques and large manicured gardens perfect for a quiet stroll.

Hartford is the capital of Connecticut. At the Museum of Connecticut History see excellent exhibitions on the colonial formation of the state. Take children to the Connecticut Science Center, where there are hands-on displays and a 3-D digital theater showing educational movies.

In the evenings take the family to the XL Center, which has performances throughout the year. In winter you’ll find a public ice-skating rink and shows on ice.

Stay downtown next to the Connecticut River. Rent a bicycle and ride along the banks of the picturesque river and grab a drink at one of many bars, restaurants and clubs.

Where to stay in Hartford

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hartford - Bradley Airport
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hartford - Bradley Airport
2.5 out of 5
64 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks, CT
The price is NT$2,637 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Northwest Park, New England Air Museum, and Broad Brook Brewing. Phelps-Hatheway House & Garden ...
4.3/5Excellent! (887 reviews)
"We didn't like the breakfast. Not much to eat except muffins."

Reviewed on 2021/7/24

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Hartford - Bradley Airport
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
2.5 out of 5
1 Bright Meadow Blvd, Enfield, CT
The price is NT$3,506 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Located in Sherwood Manor, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Saint Francis Care and within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield River and Titanic Museum. Powder Hollow Park ...
4.3/5Excellent! (159 reviews)
"Worked great for grandchildren, children and grandparents."

Reviewed on 2021/7/25

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Springfield Enfield
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$6,143 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Located in Downtown Hartford, this spa hotel is steps from Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...
4.4/5Excellent! (548 reviews)
"I have stayed here a few times before. I lo e the cleanliness,friendly staff and convenient location."

Reviewed on 2021/7/24

Marriott Hartford Downtown
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Cabin Deck House - Formidable Cabin in Laurel Island
Cabin Deck House - Formidable Cabin in Laurel Island
3 out of 5
Laurel Island, East Hampton, CT
Located in Lake Pocotopaug, this cabin is 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Day Pond State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Comstock Bridge and Salmon River State Forest. ...
Cabin Deck House - Formidable Cabin in Laurel Island
Oakwood at Hartford 21
Oakwood at Hartford 21
2.5 out of 5
221 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
Located in Downtown Hartford, this apartment building is steps from Hartford Symphony Orchestra and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Perfect space for family or couple
"The apartment was immaculate. It was spacious and comfortable. It is in a great location, next to restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. My family and I really enjoyed our stay there."

Reviewed on 2019/2/24

Oakwood at Hartford 21
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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