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Hartford, CT
Travel Guide

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

Hilton Garden Inn Hartford South/Glastonbury
Hilton Garden Inn Hartford South/Glastonbury
3 out of 5
85 Glastonbury Blvd, Glastonbury, CT
The price is NT$3,048 per night from Mar 12 to Mar 13

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Connecticut Science Center, Rentschler Field, and Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford Stage ...

4.3/5Excellent! (523 reviews)

"Good location. Ended up getting a jacuzzi room. Very relaxing, but it was a queen bed not a king like booking said. Still nice to get away."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/1

Hilton Garden Inn Hartford South/Glastonbury
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Windsor
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Windsor
3 out of 5
1 Day Hill Rd, Windsor, CT
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$1,974 per night from Apr 3 to Apr 4

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Windsor Arts Center and 2.8 mi (4.6 km) from Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (718 reviews)

"My stay was comfortable. The only problem was slow sink drainage."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/1

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Windsor
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
3 out of 5
225 Slater St, Manchester, CT
The price is NT$2,202 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Shoppes at Buckland Hills and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Promenade Shops at Evergreen Walk. University ...

4.3/5Excellent! (449 reviews)

"It was a clean property and everything was smooth sailing"…"

Reviewed on 2021/2/8

Courtyard by Marriott Hartford Manchester
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.
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
IMMUTECH East Coast Elite Vacation House
IMMUTECH East Coast Elite Vacation House
3.5 out of 5
1 Harte Ct, Farmington, CT

Situated near the airport, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of University of Connecticut-Hartford, St. Joseph College, and Mark Twain House. Bushnell ...

IMMUTECH East Coast Elite Vacation House
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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Reviews of Hartford

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
124
5 - Excellent 28.637413394919168%
4 - Good
171
4 - Good 39.491916859122405%
3 - Okay
117
3 - Okay 27.02078521939954%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 3.464203233256351%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 1.3856812933025404%

4/5 - Good

Cindy

Jun 3, 2020

This is my hometown so, it was good to back home and see my family but overall i found this hotel and it was really convenient beacuse it was close by my familys house. We enjoy the stay.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Mar 10, 2020

Hartford is not your usual bustling city.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 3, 2020

The city has done a good job of updating the downtown including the train station signage and roads

4/5 - Good

Fay

Jan 22, 2020

First visit, pleasantly surprised by how nice the downtown is

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Good restaurants downtown and easy to get around. A very walkable downtown.

4/5 - Good

NW

Jan 1, 2020

First Night in Hartford is a great time.

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