Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Sights

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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 was home to four generations of Butlers and McCooks until it became a museum in 1971. Today, it houses Hartford's...

Connecticut River Museum

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In an 1878 steamboat warehouse, this museum tells the story of the Connecticut River through maritime artifacts, interactive displays,...

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...

Devil's Hopyard State Park

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Sixty-foot cascades flow down Chapman Falls at this 860-acre park, an idyllic spot for bird-watching, picnicking, fishing, camping, and...

Dinosaur State Park

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See some 500 tracks left by the dinosaurs that once roamed the area around this park north of Middletown. The tracks are preserved under...

Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

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This ride offers some of the best views of the Connecticut River valley from 1920s-era coaches pulled by a vintage steam locomotive and...

Gillette Castle State Park

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The outrageous 24-room oak-and-fieldstone hilltop castle, modeled after medieval castles of the Rhineland and built between 1914 and...

Goodspeed Opera House

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This magnificent 1876 Victorian-gingerbread "wedding cake" theater on the Connecticut River—so called for its turrets, mansard roof,...

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...


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