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What to see in Hartford

Hartford Attractions


Known as an enjoyable city to live, work and play, Hartford offers the vibrancy of a big-city arts and entertainment scene paired with easy access to New England's colonial history, charm and natural beauty. Hartford provides business travellers many lively options for relaxing after their meetings and it serves as the perfect gateway for holidaymakers wishing to explore New England's charms without giving up the excitement of the city.

The Mark Twain House and Museum is a worthy pilgrimage site for book lovers, as is the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center; the Old State House provides a taste of the city's proud democratic history; the Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public museum in the country; and the Hartford Stage is a celebrated, award-winning theatre venue. There are also plenty of parks to stroll through: Riverfront Recapture is a non-profit organisation working to reconnect metropolitan Hartford with the Connecticut River and it has established a network of several beautiful parks and public recreational facilities along the shoreline. Here, free events are staged year-round, and visitors can walk, run, bike, picnic, enjoy boating and rowing activities, fish or set sail on a river cruise. The Mystic Seaport, only a short drive out of the city, is also a joy for tourists as it genuinely still has a classic old New England feel.


Mark Twain House and Museum

Mark Twain, one of America's most celebrated writers, lived in a stately house on Farmington Avenue between 1874 and 1891. This elegant, 19-room mansion, built in a Victorian Gothic style, was where…

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Mystic Seaport

Mystic Seaport, just under an hour's drive from Hartford and a popular excursion from the city, allows visitors to experience a classic New England seafaring community. Its four sections include a…

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Old State House

The Old State House was built in 1796. It is one of the oldest state houses in the country and has been named a National Historic Landmark. Visitors can tour the magnificently restored rooms, listen…

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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States, and famously boasts the largest collection of paintings of the Hudson River School, a mid-19th century American landscape…

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