Fodor's Expert Review Bushnell Park
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.