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

Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is $144 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 4
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is steps from Hartford Stage and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Christ Church Cathedral and XL Center are also within ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (975 reviews)
"We brought our two young Grandsons along at the last minute, and they were able to quickly accomodate us with a comfortable roll away bed. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The only disappointment was that the restaraunt wasn't open."

Reviewed on Oct 18, 2021

Hilton Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is $189 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 25
Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works, XL Center, and Hartford Symphony Orchestra. Old State House and Bushnell ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (966 reviews)
"Would definitely stay here again…worth every penny!"

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

The Goodwin Hotel
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is $249 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 29
Located in Downtown Hartford, this spa hotel is steps from Connecticut Science Center, Connecticut Convention Center, and Mortensen Riverfront Plaza. Constitution ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (574 reviews)
"great location and room was well maintained"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2021

Marriott 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.
Beautiful 3 Bedroom Condo in Hartford!
Beautiful 3 Bedroom Condo in Hartford!
Hartford, CT
The price is $97 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Situated in Hartford, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dunkin' Donuts Park, XL Center, and Christ Church Cathedral. Hartford Stage and Hartford Symphony ...
Beautiful 3 Bedroom Condo in Hartford!
Location, is the key for this 3 bedroom!
Location, is the key for this 3 bedroom!
Hartford, CT
Situated in Hartford, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Museum of Connecticut History, Connecticut State Capital, and Bushnell Center for ...
Location, is the key for this 3 bedroom!
Come and relax
Come and relax
Hartford, CT
Situated in Hartford, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Xfinity Theatre, and Dunkin' Donuts Park. Christ ...
Come and relax
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Getting around Hartford

You can get a feel for Hartford’s atmosphere by renting a bike and cycling through the city center, which has a good system of paths and a public bike-share program. Otherwise, use the extensive network of bus routes covering the city; a free circulator bus runs around downtown. You can also walk around most of the center quite easily, taking in the historic architecture. Visit the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.Browse Hartford rental cars.

Best time to visit

Visit Hartford during the peak season, in the summer months, and you’ll find hot weather which often reaches the low 90s F (low 30s C), with high humidity and the occasional thunderstorm. Spring can bring more manageable weather, lower prices and smaller crowds. The same is true of fall, which also brings the beautiful changing colors of foliage. Winter is cheaper and quieter still, but often bitterly cold.

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