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. Goodspeed Opera House

    Arts/Performance Venue

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

  • 6. Mark Twain House and Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    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 family...Read More

  • 7. New Britain Museum of American Art

    Museum/Gallery

    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 on...Read More

  • 8. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

    Museum/Gallery

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

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