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Riverside Park

Explore Hartford’s portion of the Connecticut River at this park. Walk along the Riverside and Sculpture trails, go boating or enjoy a picnic outside. 

As you might guess, Riverside Park lies right on the banks of the Connecticut River. This century-old park in Hartford is full of things to see and do. Enjoy the serene surroundings or take on an exciting challenge at the adventure course. 

Explore the scenic Connecticut River along the Riverfront Trails. Snaking over 4.5 miles (7.2 kilometers), the trails stretch from the Riverfront Boathouse and north toward the town of Windsor. Travel on foot or by bike and watch for eagles, fish and other wildlife. 

Stroll south along the river on the Sculpture Walk, which is dotted with beautiful permanent pieces of art. Within 5 minutes, you will reach the Connecticut Science Center. 

The Riverfront Boathouse is a fairly new event space. From the boathouse, look for competitive rowers in action on the river. Use the boat launch to put your own craft into the river. Cast your fishing line in and see what you can catch.

Riverside Park has everything that you need for a day of fun for the entire family. Picnic on one of several outdoor tables and grills. Younger visitors gravitate toward the playground. Have a family match on the volleyball courts or football and cricket fields.

Challenge yourself at Riverfront Adventure. Traverse the ropes course, tackle the climbing tower or work with your team to man the dragon boat. This comprehensive program, designed for groups to work on their teamwork and leadership skills, must be reserved in advance of your visit.

The park frequently hosts concerts, plays and other open-air events. During these, food and facilities are always available. Check with the Riverfront Recapture organization to see what upcoming events are on the calendar. Some require buying tickets in advance, while others are free for all.  

Although you are surrounded by nature, Riverside Park is actually in the heart of Hartford. You can easily walk to shops and restaurants downtown. 

Riverside Park is open from sunrise to sunset. Park your vehicle in one of the many free spaces within the park. Portable toilet facilities are available on-site except during winter months.


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The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection NT$2,524
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection

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    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theater Works, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Xfinity Theatre and Trinity College are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is only a 2-minute walk.

    Hilton Hartford NT$3,270
    Hilton Hartford

    Hilton Hartford

    315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 7 minutes by foot.

      Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area NT$2,616
      Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

      Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area

      100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the business district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Connecticut Science Center, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Xfinity Theatre and Trinity College are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hartford Union Station is 26 minutes by foot.

        Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown NT$3,113
        Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown

        Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown

        370 Market Street, Hartford, CT
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dunkin' Donuts Park, XL Center, and Xfinity Theatre. Connecticut Convention Center and Trinity College are also within 3 mi (5 km). Hartford Union Station is 15 minutes by foot.

          Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford NT$3,420
          Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford

          Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford

          351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            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 Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 24 minutes by foot.

            Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown NT$4,469
            Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown

            Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown

            942 Main St, Hartford, CT
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Hartford Union Station is 10 minutes by foot.

              Travel Inn Motel NT$1,799
              Travel Inn Motel

              Travel Inn Motel

              100 Weston St, Hartford, CT
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in North Meadows, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Connecticut Expo Center and Xfinity Theatre. XL Center and Connecticut Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Marriott Hartford Downtown NT$4,319
                Marriott Hartford Downtown

                Marriott Hartford Downtown

                200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Hartford, this spa hotel is steps from Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hartford Union Station is 17 minutes by foot.