Hartford CT is the heart of Connecticut; no matter the time of day, the city is alive with a rhythmic beat of culture, class and cuisine. A wide variety of entertainment flourishes in Hartford, including art, history, social hangouts, restaurants, festivities and parks.
Outdoor enthusiasts have plenty of options like the Riverfront Recapture at Riverside Park where you have riverfront paths, bridges, green grass areas, benches and climbing apparatuses. Also there is Bushnell Park, Keney Park, Colt Park, Elizabeth Park, Sigourney Park, and Charter Oak Landing.
There are several museums in Hartford including the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the Museum of Connecticut History, Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Old State House, Ancient Burying Ground, Butler-McCook House and Garden, Hartford History Center, the Connecticut Science Center, Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, and even the Connecticut Resources Recovery Authority’s Trash Museum.
If you’re looking for something to eat, Hartford is the place to satisfy your hunger. With many places to dine in the capital city, from the well known chain restaurants, to the Center Stage Café, the Flying Monkey Grill & Bar, Firebox, Max Downtown, Cornerstone Deli, Church and Main Deli, Pietro’s Pizza II, The Hartford Club, Vivo Seasonal Trattoria, and Mozzicato’s Bakery and Pastry Shop.
Hartford’s nightlife is dynamically energetic with dozens of places have a drink, or twenty. The well known venues are Max Downtown, Arch Street Tavern, Pigs Eye Pub, Black-eyed Sally’s BBQ and Blues, Little River Restoratives, L Bar, Bin 228 Panini and Wine Bar, City Steam Brewery Café & Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club, Agave Grill, and Hog River Brewing Co.
All year round Hartford has many events to attend. Exhibitions like the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Hooker parade (not what you’re thinking), and CT Veterans parade. Festivities such as the Hartford Festival of Light, Black-eyed and Blues Festival, Dragon Boat Races and Asian Festival, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Riverfest Fireworks, Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival, Taste of the Caribbean and Jerk Festival, Pipes in the Valley Celtic Festival, Monday Night Jazz in the Park, Guitar Under the Stars, Grand Band Slam and Open Studio Weekend.
Hartford is also home to a few music theaters like the Webster Theater, the Webster Underground, the XL Center (formally the Hartford Civic Center), the Warehouse, the Bushnell Center for Performing Arts, and the XFINITY Theatre (formally the Comcast Theatre, Dodge Theatre and the Meadows Music Center). Hartford Stage is a great place to catch a show and Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater for a movie. If art and theater is your forte then the Real Art Ways is the place to satisfy both needs. You can even check out a baseball game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park with Hartford’s very own Yard Goats.