What to do in Hartford, CT

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Hartford Attractions

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Hartford, Connecticut, is nicknamed the Insurance Capital of the World. The city is a major tourist attraction for business travelers, vacationers, and people who are passing through on their way between New York and Boston.

There are many Hartford excursions to spots like Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, Mystic Aquarium, and Hammonassett Beach. They are all situated only a quick drive on the map from Connecticut’s capital city. The city has earned the nickname of The Heartbeat because of its vibrant cultural scene and bustling commercial industries.

The Mark Twain House

The Mark Twain House is one of the best attractions in Hartford. Visitors can tour the estate where Twain penned many of his novels. Many famous contemporary authors, actors, and historians visit the Mark Twain House and accompanying museum for lectures. Daily tours are offered and exciting cultural events happen all week long.

Elizabeth Park

A trip to Elizabeth Park is the quintessential Connecticut experience. The park spans 102 acres of manicured grounds and horticultural delights. It is one of the most serene places in the city. The famous rose garden inside Elizabeth Park is an important spot on Hartford tours. The garden boasts over 800 varieties of roses. Visitors can also enjoy historic greenhouses that line the park's walking paths. Be sure to relax beside the park's popular pond during your visit. Entry to the park is free.

Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

The art scene in Hartford is alive and well. One of the best things to do in Hartford is catch a Broadway show at the Bushnell. The center offers tours behind the stage with rare glimpses of the green room, the electricians’ room, the projection room, and a hall of autographs.

Trinity College

Trinity College is one of the most beautiful college campuses in America. Be sure to visit The Long Walk. This portion of the campus was constructed in the 19th century and features beautiful architecture. The college's chapel is modeled after a medieval chapel and it attracts admirers from all over the world. The pews inside the chapel are comprised of hand-carved wood that features stunning symbols. Parking is free on campus.

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What to do in Hartford

Free Things to Do in Hartford

There's no need to max out your credit card in Hartford. The following won't even cost a cent.

Museum of Connecticut History - Chock-full of exhibits and objects, this place is heaven for minds that burn with curiosity.

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts - Feed your appetite for arts and culture here and witness local talent at work.

Colt Park - You can't top this place if you're in the mood to let go and simply have fun.

Ancient Burying Ground - Come to grips with some of the historical background of the region through this site.

Constitution Plaza - This lively area is a favorite hangout of visitors and locals alike.

West Hartford Reservoir - Spend a little time beside the water to rest and replenish your energy.

Hartford Downtown Farmers Market - Speak to a few locals and learn why many sightseers visit this place.

Christ Church Cathedral - Take some time for a bit of meditation or prayer at this respected sacred place.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza - If you love digging about the garden, this attraction will delight your green thumb.

Things to Do in Hartford with Kids

Hartford is a great place for a family break. Bring the kids along and try these popular family friendly experiences together:


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Frequently asked questions

What to do in Hartford on a sunny day?
You won’t want to be stuck in the hotel when you could be outside having fun on a Day Trip from New Haven to Philadelphia by Train with Lunch.
What should I not miss in Hartford?
You just can’t go home without crossing off the following list of superb attractions:

  • Trinity College
  • Lake Compounce
  • University of Connecticut-Hartford
  • Mark Twain House

Are there cheap things to do in Hartford?
What can you do in Hartford for free?
Your trip to Hartford needn’t cost a bundle with free attractions like these to keep you on the go:

  • Trinity College
  • University of Connecticut-Hartford
  • Bushnell Park
  • St. Joseph College

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