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The Mark Twain House

Hartford Attractions

Are you headed to Hartford? Expedia.com can help you plan your trip to New England's Rising Star.

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 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.

Hartford is one of the top spots in New England for business, leisure, and fun. You simply must see all that Connecticut's capital city has to offer. Let Expedia.com help you plan fun local Hartford activities.

Things to Do in Hartford with Kids

There's fun for all the family wherever you go in Hartford. Here are a few family friendly experiences to try together that are sure to make your escape memorable:

Free Things to Do in Hartford

An escape to Hartford doesn't have to cost a lot. You won't even need your wallet if you go to:

Museum of Connecticut History - No matter your age, this gallery will inspire your imagination and capture your attention.

Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts - When the time comes to get cultured, head here and see the creativity on show.

Colt Park - Make this your first stop for a little fun during your getaway.

Ancient Burying Ground - Stroll around this historic site and learn a couple of secrets from days gone by.

Constitution Plaza - This is a bustling place where you can soak in the atmosphere and immerse yourself in local life.

West Hartford Reservoir - Just being close to the water is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Hartford Downtown Farmers Market - Leave time to stroll around this site of local importance.

Christ Church Cathedral - Work on your spiritual side or simply lose yourself in the tranquil atmosphere at this sacred site.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza - Grab your rug, pick up a snack and find a shady area to appreciate Mother Nature.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Hartford

Downtown Hartford

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.

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North Meadows

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.

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Old Wethersfield Historic District

You'll enjoy the churches and historic sites in Old Wethersfield Historic District. You might want to make time for a stop at Keeney Memorial Cultural Center or Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum.

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Asylum Hill

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

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Center

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

Collinsville

While there might not be top attractions in Collinsville, you can explore the larger area and discover places like Ski Sundown and Satan's Kingdom State Recreation Area.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Hartford on a sunny day?

Make the most of the sunshine with your pick of these fun outdoor experiences:

What to do in Hartford on a rainy day?

A Dining at Hard Rock Cafe Foxwoods with Priority Seating is an awesome indoor activity to sign up for if the weather turns nasty.

What should I not miss in Hartford?

You just can't go home without crossing off the following incredible sights:

  • Trinity College
  • Mark Twain House
  • Lake Compounce
  • Bushnell Park

What can you do in Hartford for free?

You could even leave your wallet in the hotel safe for the day, because these fantastic attractions will cost you nothing at all:

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