Fodor's Expert Review Bushnell Park

Hartford Park/Playground

Fanning out from the State Capitol building, this city park, created in 1850, was the first public space in the country with natural landscaping. The original designer, a Swiss-born landscape architect and botanist named Jacob Weidenmann, planted 157 varieties of trees and shrubs to create an urban arboretum. Kids love the Bushnell Park Carousel (open May–September), intricately hand-carved in 1914 by the Artistic Carousel Company of Brooklyn, New York. An oasis of green, the park has a pond and about 750 trees, including four state-champion trees.

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Asylum and Trinity Sts.
Hartford, Connecticut  06103, USA


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