Hartford Travel Guide

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Hartford Things to Do

  • The Mark Twain House and Museum

    If you are a fan of Mark Twain and his books, you must visit the Mark Twain House and Museum, when you are in Connecticut! The house is where Samuel Clements, a.k.a. Mark Twain, lived from 1871, and wrote most of his famous books including "The Adventure of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn". The guided tour of the house gives you a...

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  • The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

    There are many old (for US at least) buildings and establishments in Connecticut. The Wadsworth Atheneum is one of them. It was founded in 1842, the oldest public art museum in the USA. It holds 50,000 art works from around the world, and hold special exhibitions through out the year. If you are visiting by a car, you'll park in one of nearby...

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  • North End Farmer's Market

    If you like to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables, this is the place to go. The market is held on every Wednesday from late June through October. Get there early before they run out!

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  • Christopher Columbus Statue

    Like many American cities, there is tribute to Christopher Columbus, donated by Italian Americans. This is a fine eight foot tall full figure bronze created by Vincenzo Miserendino and dedicated on October 12, 1926. Nearby is one of the older congregations for the Christian Science denomination, housed in a building of Greek Revival architecture.

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  • Lafeyette Equestrian Statue

    Adjacent to the Capitol grounds on Lafeyette Circle is an impressive bronze equestrian statue on a granite base dedicated to The Marquis de LaFayette, and important French ally during the American Revolutionary war. Originally dedicated in 1932, the bronze is from the work of Paul Wayland Bartlett, a sculpture born in New Haven, CT, but who lived...

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  • Connecticut Supreme Court Building

    Across the street from the Capitol Building is the Court Building, which also houses several other government offices. The grounds are well maintained with annuals in summer.

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Hartford Restaurants

  • Always Leave with Bread

    Hartford Baking Co, makes its bread fresh everyday, has fresh baked goods, and one of the best cups of coffee in town. The staff is helpful, knowledgeable and personable, and the restaurant itself is a great place to hang out - solo or with a group of friends. The Walnut-Raisin Bread is absolutely incredible, try a Palmier if they're available,...

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  • USS Chowder Pot - Hartford and Branford,...

    The USS Chowder Pot is a great Connecticut seafood restaurant with locations in Hartford and along I-95 in Branford (about 10 miles east of New Haven). We stopped in the Branford location while driving from New Jersey to Rhode Island, as we had been driving for hours in bad traffic, and I needed some food and a break. We weren't sure what to...

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  • go for the view, and maybe some drinks

    Decent food, great wine selection, mediocre altogether. That's how I would describe this place. Nothing particularly struck me as unique about it...nothing except for the view. The view of Bushnell Park is gorgeous, especially at night with the city lights illuminating the sky. I tend to go for small, creative restaurants. This was completely the...

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Hartford Nightlife

  • Eat. Drink. Play.

    This downtown bar/restaurant opened in the winter of 2006. It's nestled comfortably on the sometimes pedestrian only Pratt Street, close to the Civic Center (or whatever it's called now). You can find great better-than-pub style food, I heartily recommend the fried pickles. There's live music several nights a week, and it's home to Hartford's only...

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  • Live Music Every Night

    It's this tiny bar that has live music every night of the week. Sully's has a lot of good energy and an ecclectic mix of styles with an acoustic night every Monday and a hip-hop jam every Tuesday. There is a great pizza place next door so you won't have to go hungry or broke. They also set up a Tiki bar outside (in the summer) and they set up a...

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  • New Plays

    A larger theater than Theatreworks producing new plays as well as some classics. The show I saw was engaging and well acted with some difficult issues which didn't end up as cliches. I would go again for a nice evening out expecting a performance of 7 out of 10.

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Hartford Transportation

  • Don't park your car on the street

    Unless it's a marked parking space with a parking meter, I highly suggest not to park a car on the street anywhere in Hartford. The chances are, you'll either get a ticket or your car will be towed. Note that you can park in the parking spaces with a meter for FREE on Saturdays and Sundays.

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  • Parking Lots and Garages in Hartford

    With not great at all local public transportation, you'll need to drive a car to go to just about every where in Hartford, and finding a parking lot or garage can be a challenge. The parking on the road can get really tricky, it's best to park your car in a parking lot or garage in the city. Map shows the location of parking lots and garages in...

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  • Ferry from Long Island

    As our friends picked us up on Long Island the best option to get to Hartford/CT was to cross the Long Island Sound. We drove to Orient Point where we took the ferry to New London. Reservation is highly recommended although they run on a frequent schedule, every half hour or so if I recall correctly. The fare was about $60 I think, for a car,...

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Hartford Shopping

  • Used Musical Gear

    Regular music store with lots of instruments on display. My husband found an item he wanted online and the store could hold it or mail it to us. We chose to pick it up. After testing the item, they were able to bubble wrap it for our trip home (by air). Nice people and fast service. Not sure what else Hartford has to offer. We only went for this...

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  • delicious food and hard to find items

    My friend highly recommended this store for lunch time gyros and falafels, but I can see why she really wanted to come here. The store owner has bred a whole line of lovely looking Lebanese boys that dress in business attire and cook food for you. Strange yet true. And for 4 bucks for a gyro, it better have been a darn good one. But oh it was, and...

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  • There IS a grocery store in town

    I believe someone else reported that there was no large grocery store in Hartford, which was true for a long time. But there is now a Stop & Shop IN Hartford; it's not near downtown but down in the SW part of town, & would require the use of a car or a couple of buses to get there from downtown, but there IS one! There has also been a Shaws just...

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Hartford Local Customs

  • Corn on the cob

    Being a foodie myself I need to write a tip about local food, right? Probably not exactly 'local', more like 'American' in general, but for Germans quite new is the food with name "corn on the cob".Of course we had meals at our friends' home. On one of those we had green salad, corn on the cob and grilled beef fillet, red wine and afterwards a...

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  • Apple Harvest Festival

    Well, we simply called it "applefest", the pronounciation the same in English and German (Saxon Dialect, LOL).The best opportunity to get in contact with locals is always on local festivals IMO. Ok, we stayed with our friends, so that was even closer contact. However, since our friends were involved in organising some stuff for the applefest they...

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  • Cab courtesy & "rules" cont'd

    5. Cab drivers are NOT paid by the hour & THE DRIVER pays for the gas, so please be considerate of the driver's time & money by not doing things that will cause a driver to go to your location for nothing. (e.g. calling more than 1 cab co., calling for a cab & then walking or taking a ride or jumping in another co.'s cab that just happened by (at...

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Hartford Warnings and Dangers

  • yall all trippin

    hartford aint even bad like yall makin it. no wonder yall get stuck up and scared cuz nobody out here want yall rude ass ignorant people in ct, come to new britain, hartford, or new haven nobody gonna wanna hear ya *** cuz it aint even that bad. im from north philly, one of the worst places to live in the country and it aint even that bad like ppl...

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  • Hartford, a very dangerous place to...

    I lived in Hartford for many years, once in an apartment near Hartford Hospital, also an apartment just off of Park Street. My advice to anyone wanting to travel here is to stay away. 37 years ago when I used to work in downtown Hartford I was robbed while waiting to take the bus home from just in front of the Old State House which is downtown...

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  • Really I know you're just sharing...

    Ok, I know you guys are just sharing opinions,but you're making my hometown (City) look bad.If you don't like it here don't come.We don't need you anyways,our community is perfectly FINE.Considering you guys are all from rich and better town's (communities) because of what you have doesn't mean you can go about trashing our city.To whoever would...

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Hartford Tourist Traps

  • Mark Twain House

    This place looked like it would be worth it to true Mark Twain fans, but for the regular tourist driving through Hartford or being in Hartford for the first time, this looked like a tourist trap since it was so overpriced. The house didn't look that impressive and probably stands out in Hartford because in general, this seemed like a quiet, sleepy...

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  • Mark Twain House

    I really enjoyed coming here as a young girl. It's an old house with incredible history- definately good for a history buff.351 Farmington Ave Hartford Another fun place to go is nearby New Haven. Frolicking around Yale campus is allright and the New Haven Green (center of town) has free concerts during the weekends in summer. I would check out...

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  • Two Headed Calf

    In the old state house, they have an unusual museum of animal oddities.Here we have a lovely two-headed calf!

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Hartford Off The Beaten Path

  • "Petersburg Express"

    This mortar, a relic from the Civil War, was actually in use during the campaign in front of St. Petersburg 1864-65, thus called the "St. Petersburg Express". It is to find near the State Capitol, southeastern corner of the surrounding park.

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  • Lafayette Monument

    Marquis de Lafayette was born at the castle of Chavagnac, in Auvergne, 6 Sept 1757 died in Paris 20 May 1834. He heard of the Declaration of Independence and right away was eager to go to America. It took him a while, but on 14 June 1777 he landed in the U.S. Lafayette was at first met with a rather cold reception; but after he had declared his...

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  • Appellate Court

    I hear you say: "Yet another court?" LOL We happened to park the car right in front of this court building. As a lawyer I am interested in courts, so sue me ;-) The building caught my attention - it's really beautiful - Federal Style I'd say, thus built around 1800.The history of the Appellate Court is interesting, however. To quote their...

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Hartford Sports & Outdoors

  • UConn basketball

    Come and watch the best women's college basketball team in the country, the lady UConn Huskies! During the fall and winter season each year, home games are scheduled at either the Hartford Civic Center downtown or Gampel Pavilion on the UConn campus out in Storrs, CT (about 45 minutes to a little over an hour from Hartford). The men also play a...

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  • Newest Pro Team in Connecticut!!

    For those who love women's basketball in the region, after the UConn season is over, look forward to the brand-spanking new WNBA team, the Connecticut Sun. Owned and operated by Mohegan Sun, the Connecticut Sun will feature players from the previous Orlando Miracle roster, such as Shannon "Pee Wee" Johnson, including former UCONN sensation Nykesha...

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Hartford Favorites

  • by MsBubbyJ Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: In good weather, you should visit Bushnell Park and take a ride on the Carousel. In August 2000 see the Amistad down by the Connecticut River. The Mark Twain House on Farmington Avenue is another good tourist spot.

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