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Hartford Connecticut is nicknamed the Insurance Capital of the World. The city is a major tourist attraction for business travelers vacationers

and people who are passing through on their way between New York and Boston.

There are many Hartford excursions to spots like Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun Mystic Aquarium and Hammonassett Beach. They are all situated only a quick drive on the map from Connecticut’s capital city. The city has earned the nickname of The Heartbeat because of its vibrant cultural scene and bustling commercial industries.

The Mark Twain House

The Mark Twain House is one of the best attractions in Hartford. Visitors can tour the estate where Twain penned many of his novels. Many famous contemporary authors actors and historians visit the Mark Twain House and accompanying museum for lectures. Daily tours are offered and exciting cultural events happen all week long.

Elizabeth Park

A trip to Elizabeth Park is the quintessential Connecticut experience. The park spans 102 acres of manicured grounds and horticultural delights. It is one of the most serene places in the city. The famous rose garden inside Elizabeth Park is an important spot on Hartford tours. The garden boasts over 800 varieties of roses. Visitors can also enjoy historic greenhouses that line the park's walking paths. Be sure to relax beside the park's popular pond during your visit. Entry to the park is free.

Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

The art scene in Hartford is alive and well. One of the best things to do in Hartford is catch a Broadway show at the Bushnell. The center offers tours behind the stage with rare glimpses of the green room the electricians’ room the projection room and a hall of autographs.

Trinity College

Trinity College is one of the most beautiful college campuses in America. Be sure to visit The Long Walk. This portion of the campus was constructed in the 19th century and features beautiful architecture. The college's chapel is modeled after a medieval chapel and it attracts admirers from all over the world. The pews inside the chapel are comprised of hand-carved wood that features stunning symbols. Parking is free on campus.

Hartford is one of the top spots in New England for business leisure and fun. You simply must see all that Connecticut's capital city has to offer. Let help you plan fun local Hartford activities.


Discover neighborhoods in Hartford

Downtown Hartford

Unique features of Downtown Hartford include the theatres and live music. Make a stop by XL Center or Bushnell Park while you're exploring the area.

TheatresHistorical BuildingsCulture

North Meadows

Unique features of North Meadows include the live music and theatres. Make a stop by Xfinity Theatre or Riverside Park while you're exploring the area.

BudgetLive MusicEntertainment

Asylum Hill

You'll enjoy the museums and churches in Asylum Hill. You might want to make time for a stop at Mark Twain House or Cathedral of St. Joseph.



Though Center may not have many top sights, you can venture to the surrounding area to see attractions like Manchester Parkade and Shoppes at Buckland Hills.


If you're looking for some top things to see and do in Collinsville and surrounding area, you can visit Ski Sundown and Buckingham Road Recreation Area.

Canton Valley

While Canton Valley may not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Ski Sundown and Buckingham Road Recreation Area.