Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley

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  • 1. Connecticut River Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 2. Connecticut Science Center

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 3. Essex Steam Train and Riverboat

    Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

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

  • 4. Gillette Castle State Park

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The outrageous 24-room oak-and-fieldstone hilltop castle, modeled after medieval castles of the Rhineland and built between 1914 and 1919 by...Read More

  • 5. Bushnell Park

    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...Read More

  • 6. Dinosaur State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

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

  • 7. Lake Compounce

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Opened in 1846, the country's oldest amusement park is known to locals simply as "the Lake." Today's attractions include a lakefront beach;...Read More

  • 8. New England Air Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The more than 70 aircraft at this museum include gliders and helicopters, a World War II–era P-47 Thunderbolt, and a B-29 Superfortress, along...Read More

  • 9. The New 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 also has a wildlife...Read More

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