West Hartford Places

TripWhat's travel guide to West Hartford; our list of the best things to see, including Westfarms Mall, Real Art Ways and The Children's Museum.
  • The best place in West Hartford: 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.
  • 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
  • The Children's Museum

    The Children's Museum

    950 Trout Brook Dr
    The former science center of Connecticut in West Hartford has hands on exhibits, planetarium and mini zoo designed for grades k-6. Founded in 1927 the museum has a mission to inspire and educate children aged twelve and under. There saying is “Igniting Curiosity Through Science and Nature.” The Children’s Museum is the largest in the state and on of the nations oldest. It has also won Hartford Magazine’s “Best Kid’s Attraction” since the poll started three years ago. The Children’s Museum also houses Connecticut’s largest space theater, the Gengras Planetarium. One of the most popular exibits include a wildlife sanctuary that supports a habitat of over seventy exotic animals from around the world. In 2007 the Children’s Museum served more than 200,000 students, families, and groups through its exhibits, programs and activities.
    restaurants 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 food nearby
  • Blue Back Square

    Blue Back Square

    West Hartford
    An addition to West Hartford Center this new development recently opened and is a 550,000 square foot mixed use development that features shops, restaurants, a movie theater, offices and condos. Very pedestrian orientated development that has tiny streets and storefronts facing the streets. Shops and restaurants include Crate & Barrel, REI, Barnes & Noble, Whole Foods, Criterion Cinemas, National Jean Company, The Cheesecake Factory and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar.
  • Blue Back Square

    Blue Back Square

    Blueback offers a variety of shops, such as REI, Crate and Barrel, Barnes & Noble, Ann Taylor, Criterion Cinemas, White House | Black Market, Janie & Jack, National Jean Company, Lucy, Stride Rite, Homeward Bound, JD’s Cosmetic Essentials, LaPerla Fine Jewelers, Parfums du Jour, Munson’s Chocolates, Per Se, New York Sports Clubs, and more. Blue Back Square was named after the Blueback Speller, by Noah Webster, who was once a West Hartford Resident.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant

    Barcelona Wine Bar and Restaurant

    971 Farmington Ave
    An award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant.
  • Plan B Burger Bar

    Plan B Burger Bar

    138 Park Rd
    Voted "Best Burger" and "Best Fries" in CT! Now Serving Late Night Menu:Mon-Thurs 10pm-12amFri-Sat 11pm-1amSun 9pm-11pm
  • Harry's Pizza

    Harry's Pizza

    1003 Farmington Ave
    A family owned neighborhood pizza restaurant and a West Harford favorite.
  • Effies Place

    Effies Place

    91 Park Road
    (860) 233-9653 [17]
  • Corner Pug

    Corner Pug

    1046 New Britain Ave
    Has the feel of a classic English pub with a pug theme.
  • Park Road Playhouse

    266 Park Road
    A variety of plays throughout the year. Since its opening in 2001 it has earned the title of Best Community Theater for three consecutive years.
    eat nearby
  • The Children's Museum

    950 Trout Brook Drive
    Formerly the Science Center of Connecticut the new Children's Museum has hands on exhibits, a planetarium, a life size replica of a sperm whale named Connie and a mini zoo designed just for kids. [25].
    restaurants nearby
  • West Hartford Center

    West Hartford
    A New England Village that has vibrant entertainment, restaurant, and shopping just west of the Hartford city line. The "Center" as its known locally boasts more then 140 shops and restaurants - most of which are locally owned and operated including Max's Oyster Bar, Bookworm, The Wild Raspberry, Becker's Jewelry, Allen Collins and Cuzzi's Men's Store.
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House & Library

    77 Forest Street
    This is the historic home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, who is best known for being the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. The Stowe's moved in this house in 1873, one year before Mark Twain moved in next door. [13]
    Asylum Hill eat nearby
  • The Noah Webster House

    227 South Main Street
    Noah Webster is best remembered for being the author of the Webster American Dictionary. He is also the author of another famous book, the Blue Back Speller for which the West Hartford town center is now named after. Together with the West Hartford Historical Society and the Noah Webster house, visitors can explore and discover a man’s vision and his impact on American culture.
    restaurants nearby
  • The Governor's Residence

    990 Prospect Avenue
    Located in the city's West End neighborhood the governor's mansion was built back in 1909 and has been the home of governor's and their families since 1943. The 15,000 square foot residence is on 4 acres and has 9 fireplaces, nine bathrooms, a pool and is a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours can be arranged. [16]
    West End food nearby
  • Criterion Cinemas

    42 South Main Street
    This theater brings style and elegance back to the movie going experience.
    eat nearby
  • Bowtie Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater

    330 New Park Avenue
    A 17 screen movie theater near the West Hartford town line that has stadium seating and digital sound as part of all the theaters. There is also an Odyssey Giant Screen theater here.
    Behind The Rocks restaurants nearby
  • Max's Oyster Bar

    Max's Oyster Bar

    964 Farmington Ave
    Winner - Hartford Magazine 2011 Readers Poll - Best Seafood, Best Cocktails
  • Max Burger

    Max Burger

    124 lasalle rd
    A variety of delicious all-natural burgers, American-style comfort food, and a large selection of craft beers in a casual atomosphere.
  • Wood-n-Tap Bar & Grill

    Wood-n-Tap Bar & Grill

    99 Sisson Ave
    Come as you are.
  • McLadden's Irish Publick House

    McLadden's Irish Publick House

    37 Lasalle Rd
    This cozy, traditional Irish pub has become a destination spot in W. Hartford Center for those seeking a comfortable, laid back alternative to the glitzy martini bars and trendy modern establishments that dominate today's restaurant landscape.
  • Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi

    Ichiro Hibachi and Sushi

    962 Farmington Ave
    Habachi & Sushi Japanese Restaurant:
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in West Hartford uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.