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Hartford Attractions

Places to visit, points of interest and top things to see in Hartford

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Hartford is the Connecticut State Capital and was built in 1872 and is one of the most architecturally stunning capitals in New England. Since it's one of the largest buildings in the state, it houses the Connecticut House of Representatives, and it's made of magnificent granite from Rhode Island and marble from the area around East Canaan. This is one of the attractions in Connecticut that visitors from all over the world come to enjoy, and it's became an Historic Landmark in 1971.

Some of the most remarkable features of the Connecticut State Capital include:

- Some spectacular statuary decorates the grounds of the building with various figures throughout Connecticut's history.

- There are 15 tympana over the doors and an assortment of high reliefs depicting various events in the history of the area and the state... read more arrow
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Sometime in the mid 1850's, Reverend Horace Bushnell envisioned this beautiful Bushnell Park in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, in New England. The park was designed by Jacob Weidenmann who created charming paths through this park with magnificent rare and native trees to minimize and shield the garden from the noises of the city. There are some great areas throughout the park that visitors will enjoy, and will want to return to for a relaxing afternoon time and time again.

Bushnell Park has some spectacular spots to visit, such as:

- One of the most popular attractions in the park is the antique carousel that was built in 1914 and has 48 magnificent hand carved wooden horses accompanied by a wonderful Wurlitzer organ.

- The arboretum side of the park is perfectly designed with some Chinese Mahogany, Bald Cypress, Ash, Gingko, Oak, Encommia, and many other marvelous trees... read more arrow
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One of the most beloved writers of the late 19th century was Samuel Clemens, and the Mark Twain House is one of the most popular historic sites in Hartford, Connecticut. The Clemens moved to Hartford in 1871 and began building this house in 1873 with some of the most contemporary designs of the time that Olivia Clemens hired Edward Potter to design. They finally sold the home in 1903.

There are several points of interest to see around the Mark Twain House, such as:

- Stroll around the home itself and see the "Ombra", the drawing room, the library, dining room, kitchen, the billiard room, bedrooms, and hall, and view one of the most beautifully decorated homes in the country.

- The museum contains the Aetna Gallery that has a standing exhibit depicting Mark Twain's life and his great literary works... read more arrow
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The Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford, Connecticut is another of the wonderful historic homes in this New England state. Mrs. Stowe was the author of the very famous book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin", and she lived during the mid 1800s. She was very involved in the Underground Railroad and was a remarkable campaigner for the abolition of slavery. The house was home to the Reverend Beecher, and later to Harriet while she was growing up and prior to getting married.

Visitors to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House will learn a great deal about the Beecher family including the following:

- Harriet was a great proponent of higher education for women, and was a prolific writer, lecturer, and teacher as well as founder of several schools for girls.

- Her book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" influenced many Americans to become involved in the movement to abolish slaver... read more arrow
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A beautiful, sprawling 102 acre park in the middle of a city, Elizabeth Park offers some of the most beautiful gardens and contains some of the most unique plants in all of these wonderful parks in Hartford, Connecticut. This is originally the estate of Charles Pond who was once the President of the Hartford Trust as well as the Connecticut State Treasurer. When Mr. Pond died the entire estate was willed to his beloved city with the requirement that it be used as a park named after his wife Elizabeth.

Take a tour of the wonderful Elizabeth Park and plan on enjoying some of the most delightful aspects, as well as events, around this garden:

- One of the favorite places in the entire park is the rose garden that covers approximately 2½ acres and contains over 800 different species of roses – and some 15,000 plants.

- During certain times of the year, the greenhouses are open to the public where they can see incredible poinsettias in the wintertime and some of the most amazing flowering bulbs, Bird of Paradise flowers, cactus, and thousands more varieties... read more arrow

* Regular pre-pandemic touristic activity level.

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