Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley

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 or do during your stay.

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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

    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

    Historic Home

    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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