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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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...

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,...

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. In the time he and his...

New Britain Museum of American Art

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An important stop for art lovers, this 100-year-old museum's collection of more than 10,000 works from 1740 to the present focuses solely...

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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Following a five-year, $33 million renovation project (completed in 2015), the nation's oldest public art museum now has a fresh face.


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