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HartfordUnited States of America

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

Bushnell Park showing a garden

Downtown Hartford

4/5Very Good!(448 area reviews)

Unique features of Downtown Hartford include the theaters and live music. Make a stop by XL Center or Hartford Symphony Orchestra while you're exploring the area.

Downtown Hartford
Riverside Park which includes a garden

North Meadows

2.5/5(76 area reviews)

Unique features of North Meadows include the live music and theaters. Make a stop by Xfinity Theatre or Riverside Park while you're exploring the area.

North Meadows
Mark Twain House which includes signage

Asylum Hill

You'll enjoy the museums and churches in Asylum Hill. You might want to make time for a stop at Cathedral of St. Joseph or Mark Twain House Museum.

Asylum Hill
Driving around Manchester and came upon this bridge and waterfall.

Center

When in Center, you can plan a visit to Manchester Parkade and Charter Oak Park, some noteworthy sights in the nearby area.

Center
Beautiful kayaking, hiking, biking. The Farmington Valley Greenway is always relaxing and pretty anytime of the year.

Collinsville

While there might not be top attractions in Collinsville, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Ski Sundown and Buckingham Road Recreation Area.

Collinsville
The Farmington river is perfect for kayaking and SUP, but before the paddlers get out, the still waters reflect the sky perfectly from this vantage on Bridge Street #Aquatrove

Canton Valley

Canton Valley might not have many top sights, but Ski Sundown and Buckingham Road Recreation Area are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Canton Valley

Top Hotels in Hartford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Manchester Hartford
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Manchester Hartford
2.5 out of 5
191 Spencer Street, Manchester, CT
Free Cancellation
The price is NT$2,428 per night

Situated in Manchester, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wickham Park, Manchester Parkade, and Charter Oak Park. Connecticut Convention Center and East Hartford ...

3.7/5Good! (820 reviews)

"The experience was great staff is friendly and service is great a well. Peaceful environment."…"

Reviewed on 2020/5/5

Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Manchester Hartford
Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
3.5 out of 5
100 Capital Blvd, Rocky Hill, CT
The price is NT$2,844 per night

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Dinosaur State Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mill Woods Park and Wethersfield Public Library. Wesleyan ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (723 reviews)

"Exceptionally clean, bed was very comfortable........and it was very quiet......"…"

Reviewed on 2020/6/3

Sheraton Hartford South Hotel
HYATT house Hartford North/Windsor
HYATT house Hartford North/Windsor
3 out of 5
200 Corporate Dr, Windsor, CT
The price is NT$3,034 per night

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Windsor Arts Center and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (726 reviews)

"Great Service Very Clean, Very Protective during this crisis"…"

Reviewed on 2020/4/11

HYATT house Hartford North/Windsor

Popular places to visit in Hartford

Mark Twain House
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Mark Twain House

4.5/5(143 reviews)

Walk in Mark Twain’s footsteps at the author’s beloved Hartford home. The museum next door will complete your Twain education.

Elizabeth Park
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Elizabeth Park

4.5/5(82 reviews)

Breathe in the scents of thousands of blooms in one of America’s oldest public rose gardens, located in the heart of this charming park in Hartford.

Connecticut Science Center
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Connecticut Science Center

4.5/5(60 reviews)

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

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
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Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

4.5/5(29 reviews)

While seeing a play or concert in Hartford’s historic venue, look up to admire one of the largest ceiling murals in the United States.

Mark Twain House Museum
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Mark Twain House Museum

5/5(23 reviews)

You can browse the exhibits at Mark Twain House Museum, a museum with a storied past, during your travels to Hartford. Experience the area's entertainment choices or attend a sporting event.

Connecticut State Capital
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Connecticut State Capital

4.5/5(2 reviews)

After visiting Connecticut State Capital, make a plan to see the other sights and activities in Hartford. Experience the area's great live music or attend a sporting event.

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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