Bushnell Park

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Bushnell Park featuring a garden, heritage architecture and a castle

Relax near the pond or take a ride on the antique carousel at one of America’s oldest publicly funded parks, located in the heart of Hartford.

Opened in 1854, Bushnell Park is one of America’s oldest publicly funded parks. Join Hartford residents and visitors exploring the rolling lawns and historic monuments of this special place.

The park’s carousel has delighted visitors for over 100 years. Hop on one of the hand-carved horses and appreciate its history. The small ticket price goes directly toward maintaining the antique horses and pavilion.

Located near the carousel and Jewell Street, Bushnell Park’s pond is a central place to congregate. It features a stainless steel sculpture, called Harmony, which seems to burst from the water.

Continue toward Park River, to see the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. This monument honors the 4,000 Hartford citizens who fought in the Civil War. On Thursdays at noon between May and October you can take a free tour of the arch. Climb the 96 steps to the top and enjoy the beautiful view.

Statues of notable local figures stand throughout the park. Horace Wells, the pioneer of using anesthesia in dentistry, looks out over the pond. Revolutionary War hero, Israel Putnam, lords over the land near the Capitol Building.

Bushnell Park is home to four “champion trees” that are the largest of their kind in Connecticut. These are a Chinese mahogany, a turkey oak, a hardy rubber tree and the offspring of the Charter Oak, the original state tree of Connecticut, which appears on the state quarter. Pick up a “Tree Walk” brochure at Legislative Office on Capitol Avenue to be sure to see everything.

Appreciate culture at the Pump House Gallery. This is a functioning pump house that also features works by local artists. Call the City of Hartford for opening times and current exhibits.

The newly built Performance Pavilion near the Capitol Building hosts theater, music and dance performances. Call the Bushnell Park Foundation to see what’s on the calendar.

From most places in Bushnell Park, you can see the gleaming copper dome of the State Capitol Building. Find good choices for dining at several cafés and shops located within easy walking distance. Bushnell Park is open every day.

Top Hotels Close to Bushnell Park

The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
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The price is $92 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theater Works, XL Center, and Connecticut Convention Center. Hartford Hospital and Mark Twain ...
3.5/5 Good! (292 reviews)
"Fridge and microwave. Good heating/a/c, etc."

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2021

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 $159 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Hartford Hospital are also ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (972 reviews)
"Convenient location, great decor and ambiance, clean and well maintained property."

Reviewed on Dec 8, 2021

The Goodwin Hotel
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is $121 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (983 reviews)
"The staff was amaxing the front desk staff were great . Our view was amazing"

Reviewed on Dec 3, 2021

Hilton Hartford
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Best Lodging Options Near Bushnell Park

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 $91 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is $159 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 10
The Goodwin Hotel
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
The price is $92 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is $121 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 17
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 $101 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is $167 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Marriott Hartford Downtown
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 $113 per night from Dec 19 to Dec 19
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 $161 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
3 out of 5
338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
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.