Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Bushnell Park

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Fanning out from the State Capitol building, this city park, created in 1850, was the first public space in the country with natural...

Butler-McCook Homestead

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Built in 1782, this home housed four generations of Butlers and McCooks until it became a museum in 1971. Inside is Hartford's oldest...

Children's Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

A life-size walk-through replica of a 60-foot sperm whale greets patrons at this museum. Located in West Hartford, the museum has a wildlife...

Connecticut Science Center

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This strikingly modern building, designed by world-renowned architect César Pelli, houses 40,000 square feet of exhibit space under...

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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Abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–96) spent her final years at this 1871 Victorian Gothic cottage, now a popular...

Mark Twain House and Museum

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Built in 1874, this building was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, until 1891. While he and his family...

Noah Webster House

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This 18th-century farmhouse is the birthplace of the famed author (1758–1843) of the American Dictionary. Inside is Webster memorabilia...

Old State House

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This Federal-style house with an elaborate cupola and roof balustrade was designed in the early 1700s by Charles Bulfinch, architect...

State Capitol

  • Government Building

The gold-leaf dome of the State Capitol rises above Bushnell Park. Built in 1878, the building houses the state's executive offices and...

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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With more than 50,000 artworks and artifacts spanning 5,000 years, this is the nation's oldest public art museum. The first American...

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