Hartford Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Hartford; our list of the best things to see, including Connecticut Science Center, Hartford Stage and Westfarms Mall.
  • The best place in Hartford: Connecticut Science Center

    Connecticut Science Center

    250 Columbus Blvd
    Phone: 1-860-SCIENCE. With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens and adults. [9]
    Downtown food nearby
  • Hartford Stage

    Hartford Stage

    50 Church St
    Usually produces six major productions annually and one to two summer productions each year.
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Westfarms Mall

    Westfarms Mall

    West Hartford / Farmington
    A large and upscale regional mall with 1,000,000+ square feet of shopping and dining space. The mall opened back in 1974 and today features 160 shops and restaurants including Nordstrom's, Macy's, Lord & Taylor, JC Penny, Aldo, Apple, Banana Republic, Coach, Express, Gap, Martin + Osa, Talbots and Pottery Barn.
  • Connecticut


    Connecticut Convention Ctr 100 Columbus Blvd
    At 540,000 square feet, the largest convention center in southern New England overlooks the Connecticut River and downtown. Hosts tons of national and local conventions, events, meetings, dinners, etc. each year. Attached to the center is the new 409 room 22 story Marriott Hartford Hotel Downtown.
    Downtown food nearby
  • Old State House

    Old State House

    800 Main St
    Phone: 1-860-522-6766 The original Connecticut Capitol building is a National Historic Landmark that dates back to 1796 making it one of the oldest state houses in the country. [10]
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Black-Eyed Sally's Barbecue and Blues

    Black-Eyed Sally's Barbecue and Blues

    350 Asylum St
    [69] Has expanded since it opened in 1995 to become an award winning BBQ and Cajun restaurant southeastern food. The restaurant also plays live music from many well known and local blues' artists.
    Asylum Hill
  • Webster Theatre

    Webster Theatre

    31 Webster St
    Voted the best rock club and best place to see live music for the past five years by the Hartford Advocate. The art deco theater has been fully renovated features everything from a movie screen to five different bars.
    Barry Square food nearby
  • Real Art Ways

    Real Art Ways

    56 Arbor St
    One of the country’s early multi-disciplinary “alternative spaces,” Real Art Ways has evolved to become a leading center for contemporary art and ideas. Programming covers a broad range of cultural activities including visual arts exhibitions, concerts, literary readings, education and family programs, public art, community projects, and daily cinema screenings.
    Parkville eat nearby
  • Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

    Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

    The state's premier performing arts theater. Home of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Connecticut Opera. Principally showcases classical music and traveling Broadway shows. Popular comics also tour here.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Elizabeth Park

    Elizabeth Park

    Bounded by Asylum Avenue and Prospect Avenue in Hartford
    Beautiful and large park in the west end equipped with gardens, gazebos, a restaurant and trails. The rose garden is also not to be missed. [18].
    Asylum Hill food nearby
  • Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library

    Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library

    One Elizabeth Street at Asylum Avenue
    Located in the West End the Connecticut Historical Society is one of the oldest historical societies in the country and has one of the greatest library and museum collections in New England. [15]
    Asylum Hill eat nearby
  • Theaterworks


    233 Pearl St
    The place to go for off-Broadway shows in the Capital City. Small 200 seat theater so your guaranteed a great viewing spot. Located in a great 1927 Art deco building in the heart of downtown.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Mark Twain House & Museum

    Mark Twain House & Museum

    351 Farmington Ave
    Located in the city's historic Asylum Hill neighborhood, this is where popular author Mark Twain lived from 1874-1891. During this time Twain wrote many famous books, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. [12].
    Asylum Hill food nearby
  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

    Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

    600 Main St
    America's first public art museum, founded in 1842. The Wadsworth has 45,000+ works of art as part of its permanent collection.[8].
    Downtown eat nearby
  • Bushnell Park

    Bushnell Park

    100 Wells St
    The first publicly funded park in America. Located in the center of the city and bordering the state capitol building. The park was designed by the architect of Central Park in New York City. [17]
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Agave Grill & Tequila Bar

    Agave Grill & Tequila Bar

    100 Allyn St
    [80] Upscale tequila bar, quieter and more mature. Features an excellent selection of tequila and also serves up great Mexican cusine.
  • Arch Street Tavern

    Arch Street Tavern

    85 Arch St
    Historic restaurant/bar featuring a rustic atmosphere, pub food and live music.
  • Pond House Cafe

    Pond House Cafe

    1555 Asylum Ave
    Set on the grounds of Elizabeth Park in West Hartford, this cafe has creative cuisine that focuses on fresh and organic ingredients for seasonal favorites—with a twist.
  • Max Downtown

    Max Downtown

    185 Asylum StCity Place
    Part of one of the city's finest restaurants and is consistently ranked as one of the city's best restaurants.
  • Modern Pastry

    Modern Pastry

    422 Franklin Ave
    The Finest pastries, cakes, and cookies for birthdays, weddings and all your special occasions. There are over 30 Italian and French Pastries to choose from (mini and regular size), baked daily on premises. Cookies and a selected variety of pastries are shipped anywhere in the U.S.A.
    Barry Square
  • Agave Grill

    Agave Grill

    100 Allyn St
  • Vaughan's Public House

    Vaughan's Public House

    59 Pratt St
    Steps from the Hartford Civic Center / XL Center on trendy Pratt Street. This place is an Irish-owned and themed restaurant, with many traditional Irish meals on the menu. Excellent happy hour specials and is also the perfect place to go before or after a UCONN game or to watch a soccer game.
  • First and Last Bakery Cafe

    First and Last Bakery Cafe

    920 Maple Ave
    The Bakery serves Breakfast but closes by three The Tavern's lunch and dinner opens Eleven thirty First and Last has it all on Maple Avenue We're here for any meal time, We do it all for you!
    South End
  • Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch

    Bushnell Park
    The first permanent triumphal arch and the first permanent war memorial in America, it pays tribute to the Connecticut soldiers who lost their lives in the American Civil War. It also pays tribute to slaves and their struggle. The iconic arch was dedicated on September 17, 1886.
    Downtown restaurants nearby
  • Park River Kayaking

    Entrance at Pope Park
    Army Corps of Engineers under the city to prevent flooding. Bring a Kayak and canoe and paddle down the river underneath Hartford's Downtown. The 3-mile river spills out into the Connecticut River across from the State Boat Launch. Make sure to bring flashlights! [20].
    Frog Hollow food nearby
  • Parfums Du Jour

    231 Asylum Street
    Boutique specializing in designer fragrances, bath & body products, chocolates, collectibles and unique home and personal accessories.
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Hartford uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.