|#1 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Old State House
~0.02 miles from Hartford city center
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The Old State House (completed 1796) in Hartford, Connecticut is generally believed to have been designed by noted American architect Charles Bulfinch as his first public building. The State House is currently managed by the Office of Legislative Management of the Connecticut General Assembly. The exterior building and the Senate have been restored to its original Federal style; the Representative's chamber is Victorian, and the halls and courtroom are Colonial Revival.The Hartford State House is, in appearance, very similar to the Town Hall of Liverpool, England, built in the mid-1700s and perhaps depicted in one of Bulfinch's architecture books. However, all materials came from the United States. Its first story is 20 feet high and constructed from Portland, Connecticut brownstone. The...
|#2 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~0.13 miles from Hartford city center
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The XL Center, formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center (HCC), is a sports and convention complex located in Hartford, Connecticut, USA, owned by the City of Hartford and operated by Northland Investment Corporation/Anschutz Entertainment Group under contract with the Connecticut Development Authority (CDA). The arena is ranked the 28th largest among college basketball arenas. Originally located adjacent to a shopping mall (Civic Center Mall, which was demolished in 2004), it was originally built in 1975 and consists of two facilities: the Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Exhibition Center.Recently, the CDA debated who will run the arena from 2007-08 through 2012-13. The applicants were:Former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin and arena manager Global SpectrumNorthland Inves...
|#3 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~0.16 miles from Hartford city center
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Hartford Stage, located in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the leading resident theatres in the United States, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the best of world drama, from classics to provocative new plays and musicals and neglected works from the past. The theatre has earned many of the nation's most distinguished awards, including the Regional Theatre Tony Award, the Margo Jones Award for Development of New Works, OBIE awards, a New York Critics Circle award, a Dramatists Guild/CBS Award and an Elliot Norton Award.
|#4 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
~0.22 miles from Hartford city center
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The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States, with significant holdings of French and American Impressionist paintings, Hudson River School landscapes, modernist masterpieces and contemporary works, as well as extensive holdings in early American furniture and decorative arts.It is located at 600 Main Street in a distinctive castle-like building in downtown Hartford, Connecticut, the state's capital. It easily accessible from I-91 and I-84, as well as by train. With 196,000 square feet (18,200 m2), the museum is the largest art museum in the state of Connecticut.
|#5 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~0.24 miles from Hartford city center
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TheaterWorks is a non-profit, professional theater company situated on Pearl Street in Hartford, Connecticut. The company was founded in 1985 by Steve Campo who continues as Artistic and Executive Director.In 1994 TheaterWorks purchased Hartford's historic Art Deco Building at 233 Pearl Street, renaming it City Arts on Pearl. Theaterworks converted the building into an arts center, now home to numerous nonprofit organizations as well as performance, Gallery, office, rehearsal and storage space.The large, brick building is in Art Deco style with decorative Moorish Revival touches.
|#6 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Connecticut Convention Center
100 Columbus Blvd Hartford CT - 860-249-6000
~0.31 miles from Hartford city center
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Opened in 2005, the Connecticut Convention Center is an award winning venue owned by the state of Connecticut.The mission of the Connecticut Convention Center is to enhance the economic fabric and quality of life of the city of Hartford by:Marketing the City as a national destination for national, regional and statewide conventions.Working harmoniously with other organizations involved in marketing and promoting the City of Hartford and assisting CCEDA in our goal of enabling Hartford and its immediate environment to become a regional family-oriented arts, cultural, education, sports and entertainment center that will create new jobs and broaden the tourism effort.Servicing the needs of all visiting groups and individuals and providing visitors with a Hartford experience that e...
|#7 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch
~0.35 miles from Hartford city center
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The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch is a notable memorial to the American Civil War located in Hartford, Connecticut. It was the first permanent triumphal arch in America, and honors the 4,000 Hartford citizens who served in the war, and the 400 who died for the Union.The arch's first conception dates from October 21, 1879, when a committee was formed, with a competition sponsored in 1881. Commission was eventually given to architect George W. Keller. It was dedicated on September 17, 1886. The tower statues (completed 1894) were carved by Albert Entress. Total cost was about $60,000. When the arch was rehabilitated in 1986–1988, its original terra cotta finial angels were replaced by the current bronze angels.The arch is brownstone made of brownstone from Portland, Connecticut, in ...
|#8 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~0.38 miles from Hartford city center
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|#9 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Butler McCook House
~0.40 miles from Hartford city center
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|#10 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
~0.47 miles from Hartford city center
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|#11 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Connecticut State Capital
~0.53 miles from Hartford city center
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The Connecticut State Capitol is located on Bushnell Park in the Connecticut capital of Hartford. The building houses the State Senate and House of Representatives, as well as the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of the State, and several legislative leaders.
|#12 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Museum of Connecticut History
~0.55 miles from Hartford city center
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At the Museum of Connecticut History, you'll find exhibits that trace the growth of the State and its role in the development of the nation. The Museum focuses on Connecticut's government, industrial and military history.Visit their website at: www.museumofcthistory.org
|#13 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Cathedral of St. Joseph
~0.94 miles from Hartford city center
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The present modern cathedral was opened in 1962 replacing a gothic structure that burned in 1956. The new cathedral is noted for its huge expanse of spectacular stained glass windows crafted in Paris, the ceramic tile mural behind the altar that is the largest of its kind in the world, and its majestic four manual Austin pipe organ. The sturdy U-shaped structure is suggestive of a modern day version of Paris's famous Sainte-Chapelle with walls of breathtaking faceted stained glass windows.The cathedral seats 1,750 people in an awesome contemporary space including the two side chapels. The structure is of reinforced cast concrete sheathed inside and outside with limestone. The tower contains a set of 12 cast bronze bells ranging in weight from 225 lbs. to 3,850 lbs. and is topped with a...
|#14 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
New England Dodge Music Center
~1.18 miles from Hartford city center
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Formerly known as "The Meadows," the New England Dodge Music Center is an amphitheater in Hartford, Conn. With both indoor and outdoor accommodations, the venue houses major music tours throughout the year. The music center has the capacity to fit 30,000 people in its facilities, with 7,500 in indoors and 22,500 able to fit on the lawn area. Past performers include Dave Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Black Sabbath, Britney Spears, John Mayer and Fleetwood Mac.
|#15 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
~1.39 miles from Hartford city center
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The Harriet Beecher Stowe House is a historic home in Hartford, Connecticut that was once the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin.The Stowe Center’s mission is to preserve and interpret Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Hartford home and the Center’s historic collections, create a forum for vibrant discussion of her life and work, and inspire individuals to embrace and emulate her commitment to social justice by effecting positive change.The house was once part of a community called Nook Farm and former neighbor to Mark Twain. In this Victorian house, Stowe lived with her husband Calvin, a theologian, and her oldest twin daughters, Hatty (Harriet) and Eliza. They moved into the house in 1873 and were residents there until Stowe's death in 1896. The house contains perio...
|#16 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~1.43 miles from Hartford city center
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Pope Park in Hartford, Connecticut is a public park, originally landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers.The Park was donated to the City in 1895 by Colonel Albert Augustus Pope for use of his employees and city residents. Colonel Pope was founder of the Pope Manufacturing Company, which built both automobiles and bicycles, including the popular Columbia bicycle. The park was landscaped by the renowned Olmsted Brothers design firm in 1898.In its original form, the park consisted of 90.5 acres (36.6 ha) laid out in 3 sections. Today it contains its original pond and grass lawns.
|#17 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Mark Twain House
~1.46 miles from Hartford city center
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The Mark Twain House and Museum was the home of Mark Twain (a.k.a. Samuel Langhorne Clemens) from 1874 to 1891 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Before 1874, Twain had lived in Hannibal, Missouri. The architectural style of the 19-room house is Victorian Gothic. The house is also notable for the major works written during his residency, including The Gilded Age, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, A Tramp Abroad, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.Poor financial investments caused the Twain family to move to Europe in 1891. When they returned to Connecticut in 1900 he lived in a house built for him in Redding, Connecticut named Stormfield, where he died on April 21, 1910. His home in Hartford functioned as a school...
|#18 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~1.50 miles from Hartford city center
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Cinestudio is an independent film theater located on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. The theater is a single-screen venue with a seating capacity of approximately 500. Regionally, it is known for its large screen, 70 mm film projection capability, and classic movie palace atmosphere. Cinestudio’s signature features are its operational gold screen curtain, balcony seating, and gold lion insignia.HistoryCinestudio was founded in 1970 by a group of students at Trinity College. The students converted a large lecture hall in the college’s Clement Chemistry Building into a recreation of a 1930s film house. The theater was created as a cooperative, with students overseeing all aspects of the theater’s operation. Cinestudio made its mark early by showing controversial f...
|#19 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~1.60 miles from Hartford city center
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The Webster Theater is a music venue in the South end of Hartford, Connecticut. The Webster Underground is an attached smaller venue, which usually acts as a second stage during concerts on the main stage.The Webster opened on November 19, 1937 as a movie theater by the Shulman family. Hartford's mayor, councilmen, and Connecticut state Senators were in attendance for opening night. In the 1930s and 1940s, the theater hosted a weekly "dish night," a common practice for theaters of the time, where each patron would receive a free dish to entice them to the theater. The theater was successful until the advent of the television kept more people in their homes, while the Interstate Highway System brought more people out to the suburbs.After falling attendance, in 1974 the Shulmans leased...
|#20 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
300 Summit Street Hartford CT - 860-297-2000
~1.68 miles from Hartford city center
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Trinity College is a private, liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1823, it is the second oldest college in the state of Connecticut after Yale University. The college is also regarded as one of the few Little Ivies.Trinity's stated mission is to "foster critical thinking, free the mind of parochialism and prejudice, and prepare students to lead examined lives that are personally satisfying, civilly responsible, and socially useful. "
|#21 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Connecticut Historical Soceity Museum
~1.71 miles from Hartford city center
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The Connecticut Historical Society is a non-profit museum, library, and education center. Our mission is to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history through exhibitions, programs and Connecticut-related collections because examining and understanding the past, and connecting the past with the present, provides a guide for the future.Established in Hartford in 1825, The Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is one of the oldest historical societies in the nation and houses one of the most distinguished museum and library collections in New England. The museum’s collections include more than 242,000 prints and photographs and 38,000 objects, with strengths in 17th and 18th century furniture; costume and textiles; portraits and landscapes; tavern and trade signs; decorative arts;...
|#22 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~2.26 miles from Hartford city center
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The Connecticut Governor's Residence serves as the official home of the Governor of Connecticut. It is located at 990 Prospect Avenue in Hartford.The Connecticut Governor’s Residence has served as the official residence since 1945. The house was originally built in 1909 for George C.F. Williams, a Hartford physician and industrialist. It was designed in the Georgian Revival style by the Boston-based architectural firm of Andrews, Jacques & Rantoul and built at a cost of $337,000. In 1916, Hartford architects Smith & Bassett designed the north and south wing additions. The three-story home originally stood on 14 acres (5.7 ha) that included a grass tennis court, a greenhouse and a number of out buildings. It remained in the Williams family until 1940. The property was acquired by the Stat...
|#23 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
~2.43 miles from Hartford city center
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Elizabeth Park is a city park located in Hartford and West Hartford, Connecticut. It is covers 102 acres (41 ha) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.The site was previously owned by financier Charles M. Pond of the New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad and Hartford National Bank, and a treasurer of Connecticut (1870-71). In 1894 he bequeathed his estate to the City of Hartford with the stipulation that it be named for his deceased wife, Elizabeth. The city took possession in 1897 and engaged the famed Olmsted and Son for landscaping.In 1904 the park's first superintendent, Theodore Wirth, created its renowned Rose Garden (2.5 acres/1.0 ha). In the 1970s the city decided it could no longer afford the garden, and in fact determined to plow it under; however volunt...
|#24 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Bowtie Palace 17 and Odyssey Theater
~2.45 miles from Hartford city center
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Growing up in Newington, I found this gem during my early high school days when it was down as Crown. I still call it that half the time. Anyway, it is really a top notch facility. Yes, it is over priced like every other movie theater in America...but college students do get a discount (it used to be $5 but now it isn't as good). The theaters are pretty big and comfortable too. Always clean.I don't know exactly what an Odyssey theater is, but it is huge and pretty awesome. However, word of warning: if you know your show is going to be in there, make sure you get there early so you can grab a seat in the back. You do NOT want to be in the front half of that theater.The only downside is that once in a while you are in a show where there are some disrespectful people talking, celling,...
|#25 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
East Hartford CT
~2.97 miles from Hartford city center
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|#26 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
University of Hartford
~3.09 miles from Hartford city center
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The University of Hartford is a private, independent, nonsectarian, coeducational university located in West Hartford, Connecticut. The University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC-CIHE). The University attracts students from 48 states and 43 countries. Its 350-acre main campus touches portions of three municipalities: Hartford, West Hartford, and Bloomfield. The mailing address is 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117.
|#27 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Hartford Children's Museum
West Hartford CT
~3.35 miles from Hartford city center
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The Children’s Museum provides rich learning experiences in science and nature for all ages. Exploration of our multi-level museum captures imaginations and develops a sense of curiosity about the natural world.OutdoorsConny the WhaleConny meets you out front before you enter The Children’s Museum. Climb inside this 60-foot long sperm whale replica, hear whale sounds, and get sprayed by water from his blow hole when he spouts during the summer months.Lobby LevelKids’ CornerKids’ Corner is an exploration of light, sound, touch, and bubble science through interactive experiences and role playing. This area is engaging for children of all ages.Pendulum StaircaseThe Foucault Pendulum, a classic museum exhibit, hangs 45 feet from the tip of our glass spire to the lo...
|#28 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Joseph Webb House
~3.92 miles from Hartford city center
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The Joseph Webb House is a historic Georgian-style house in Wethersfield, Connecticut that was the site of a five day military conference during the American Revolutionary War. General George Washington came to Wethersfield in order to plan with Rochambeau, the French commander. These plans led to the Siege of Yorktown, the last major battle of the war. Washington, in his words, "lodged...at the house of Joseph Webb", on the May 17, 1781. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961
|#29 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Silas Deane House
~3.92 miles from Hartford city center
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Silas Deane House in Wethersfield, Connecticut was the home of Silas Deane, the first diplomat for the United States.Deane built the house in 1766. The two-story Georgian house is L-shaped with gable roof and two interior chimneys. In 1959, the house was donated to The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Connecticut and in 1963-1965, it was restored. It is now a historic house museum and includes original furniture and portraits of Deane and his second wife.It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1972.
|#30 of 30 Things To Do in Hartford|
Isaac Stevens House
~3.92 miles from Hartford city center
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In 1786 leatherworker Isaac Stevens purchased half an acre of land on High (now Main) Street next door to the Webb House. He began construction of his new home in 1788, and completed it in 1789 prior to his marriage to Sarah Wright that same year. Although smaller than its neighbors, the house is a center hall Georgian similar in plan to the Webb House with handsome woodwork and paneling. On the first floor, the shutters slide closed (as compared to the folding shutters in the Webb House), a common feature in commercial, not residential buildings.The Stevens family suffered unfortunate losses due to illness. Following Isaac’s death in 1819, his son Henry inherited the house. He succumbed to illness about 1825 and both of his sons, Elisha and Henry Jr., died by 1835. In 1828, Henr...