If you are traveling through Connecticut, you must make a stop in its capital city, Hartford. The city is also known as the “Insurance Capital of the World” due to its staggering number of insurance companies has much more to offer than bureaucratic-themed entertainment.
Mark Twain said this about the 1635-established Hartford, CT: “Of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see this is the chief.”
And, if that is not a good enough reason to visit it, here are 10 ones that will surely make you spend a few days in one of the oldest cities in the United States:
The Mark Twain House & Museum
This historic building is where Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain wrote some of his most famous stories, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. You can attend a tourist tour in and around the house where one of the most important writers in American literature lived for 30 years of his life.
The Wadsworth Athenaeum
If you are a major art lover, you must not miss a visit to the Wadsworth Athenaeum. This Gothic-style building houses an impressive collection of over 50,000 works of art from renowned international artists.
The Elizabeth Park Rose Garden
This municipal garden is the third-largest of its kind in the entire country. It houses over 15,000 species of plants, bushes, and trees, and it is the perfect location for unwinding in the summer or ice skating in the winter.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Another historical monument that belonged to a famed American writer is the restored house of Harriet Beecher Stowe. You can book a tour and see where the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin lived between 1873 and 1896.
The Museum of Connecticut History
If you want to get a better gist of life in New England, you should go straight to the Museum of Connecticut History. Located at 231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT, this impressive edifice also houses the State Library and the Supreme Court.
Just further down the street from the Museum of Connecticut History, you will find the State Capitol, which was built in 1879 in a grandiose Victorian architectural style. A self-guided tour here allows you to visit the Hall of Flags and the Connecticut Hall of Fame.
If you are less into pompous buildings and more into nature, then you should retreat to Bushnell Park. This beautiful 37-acre park is a natural oasis in the heart of Hartford and the proud home of the Civil War Memorial.
The Connecticut Science Center
If you are traveling with your kids, and you want them to take part in a fun and educational experience, you should visit the Connecticut Science Center. Here, you can access hands-on scientific experiments, test flying simulators and even build robots out of Legos.
The Ancient Burying Ground
One of the oldest cemeteries in New England is today a famous tourist attraction. You can visit this 17th-century graveyard at 60 Gold Street, Hartford, CT.
The Old State House
On your way out of Hartford, you should make a stop at the Old State House, which is one of the oldest statehouses in the country. The 1796 construction is open for guided tours, and local legends claim that it is haunted.