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Attractions in Hartford, CT (showing 1 - 10 out of 12)

Bushnell Park Carousel

Bushnell Park Carousel

1 Jewell St
Hartford, CT 06103directionsDirections
(860) 585-5411

It isn't uncommon to see babies and pre-school kids playing with iPads and being even more tech savvy than their parents. But in an age of cold technology, family experiences like a visit to the classic Bushnell Park Carousel can definitely warm things up. This vintage hand-carved carousel is a highlight of the park, and with good reason. The old-style music, the eye-catching but not overbearing lights and the friendly people make taking the kids out for a spin on their favorite wooden horse an activity that they will want to experience again and again, no matter how old they grow.

Connecticut Science Center

Connecticut Science Center

250 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CTdirectionsDirections
(860) 520-2160

Exploration and discovery is what your whole family will be experiencing when you take them for a visit to the Connecticut Science Center. This incredible facility is a nine-story museum located on the Connecticut River and welcomes a constant stream of visitors. Through exciting exhibits and attractions, you'll learn about the art of animation, check out a movie in the 3-D theater, get inside a tornado to see how it is formed and much more. The museum welcomes groups and school organizations and also is an ideal place to host your child's birthday party. Call or check the website for more details.

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

1561 Asylum Ave
Hartford, CTdirectionsDirections
(860) 231-9443

Amid the day to day hustle and bustle of the city, escaping to a natural haven isn't as difficult as you would think thanks to Hartford's Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens. Your senses will be stirred in this beautiful natural setting that features amazing views of meadows, fields and water. And of course, the roses of the park's namesake are the main attraction. A half-acre garden of rose bushes has attracted international attention, and once you see it, it's easy to see why. There are also several greenhouses, a picnic grove and recreational areas.

Goodwin Park

Goodwin Park

(860) 543-8518

Pack a picnic lunch, bring the football, baseball and Frisbee, and get ready to enjoy some good wholesome fun in the sun when you take the family to Hartford's Goodwin Park. This park was opened in August of 2006 and has been providing an excellent place for families to come and enjoy the city's comfortable climate as well as the facility's excellent amenities and attractions. These include a hugely expansive play area, an impressive playground, picnic areas, and easily accessible walking paths.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

77 Forest St
Hartford, CT 06105directionsDirections
(860) 525-9258

Hartford resident Harriet Beecher Stowe attracted plenty of attention when she published her anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. Her outspoken nature and desire to champion issues like human dignity and equality were hallmarks of not only her work, but of the woman herself. You can learn more about her and her various campaigns to end racism when you visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center. The center and museum of sorts hosts various exhibits that stand alongside Stowe's personal effects that all work together to tell the story of this courageously outspoken author whose battle is still being fought today. The center spotlights current projects that are still being implemented in Stowe's honor.

Mark Twain House & Museum

Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave
Hartford, CT 06105directionsDirections
(860) 247-0998

Even if you've read Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer several times, you still may not really know much about the man who created these timeless works of American literature. A visit to Hartford's Mark Twain House & Museum will change all that in a truly dramatic fashion. The historic home has been meticulously preserved and treats visitors to the sight of various personal items that belonged to Twain, who made his home here before and after he met with his staggering success. Among the most striking pieces at this house museum are his writing desk, eyeglasses and other personal curiosities, and various first editions of his most famous books.

Matrix Gallery

Matrix Gallery

600 Main St
Hartford, CT 06103directionsDirections
(860) 278-2670

Art that stays within expectations is alright, but that's not what you'll find at Hartford's Matrix Gallery. This is artwork that will challenge you and maybe even elicit feelings that bring about a new way of thinking. This gallery is located in the Wadsworth Atheneum and has attracted an impressive level of attention for its activist exhibitions and attractions that feature non-traditional media and themes that are meant to make the viewer just a little uncomfortable–but in a good way.

Museum of Connecticut History

Museum of Connecticut History

231 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106directionsDirections
(860) 757-6535

The state of Connecticut is proud of the role it has played in American history, and you can delve deeper into the past when you visit the Museum of Connecticut History. The facility is housed in the same building as the Connecticut State Library and the State Supreme Court. From the state's colonial charter to the various significant events that have led to both progress and challenges, the museum presents them all in a dramatic yet honorable fashion through the use of various types of exhibits and attractions, artifacts, documents and photographs.

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration

55 Coogan Blvd
Mystic, CT 06355directionsDirections
(860) 572-5955

Taking the plunge into the aquatic world is something that never ceases to amaze. The startling array of creatures are both wondrous and too numerous to mention. Get closer to that world when you spend some time at the Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration. There is much to marvel at when you make your way through the exhibit gallery, but perhaps the biggest highlight is the stunning reef that features 30,000 corals, sharks, and stingrays. Of course, be prepared to be captivated by the many colorful species of fish. You can get a more in-depth look at the various underwater life forms when you visit the Institute for Exploration. There's also a daily dolphin show, an outdoor Beluga exhibit and many other attractions.

Noah Webster

Noah Webster

227 S Main St
Hartford, CT 06107directionsDirections
(860) 521-5362

Noah Webster grew up in Hartford, and his contribution to American history is immeasurable. His surname graced the first dictionary, and his authorship of the first American edition of the dictionary is just one of the many fascinating aspects of visiting his historic home. Guides dressed in period clothes will not only tell you of Webster's life, but you can also experience that life for the length of your visit as flax breaking and wool carding are just a couple of the hands-on activities and attractions you can experience. You'll also see the original china, glassware and desk that Webster himself used. The whole visit is beyond words!

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