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The population of this area of Connecticut is around 120,000.
Get active with the kids and enjoy some quality time together at Lake Compounce and the Cinestudio. If you're on the lookout for even more family fun, continue on to the Kidcity Children's Museum and the Children's Museum.
If you love a beer or two and are interested in learning about how it is produced, be sure to stop by at least one of the many excellent brewhouses. The Broad Brook Brewing, the Thomas Hooker Brewery and the Relic Brewing Company all offer visitors a look behind the scenes, giving you a fantastic opportunity to find out how they make the beer here so delicious!
Visiting wine enthusiasts should consider a trip to the Priam Vineyards and the Lost Acres Vineyard. Take a walking tour through the vineyards, sample the latest blends, and, to cap off a superb day, buy a bottle or two to take home with you.
When the sun is shining, grab some lunch and make your way over to one of the area's pleasant green spaces, such as Bushnell Park or Elizabeth Park. Pope Park and Riverside Park are two more excellent places to while away the afternoon and catch up on some reading.
Whether you're looking for a specific map or just a bit of general info, the friendly staff at Connecticut Office of Culture and Tourism will be able to help you out.
Would you like to do a bit of bird-watching? Maybe drop a line in if conditions are good? The local freshwater lakes offer plenty of things to do for adventurers of all ages. West Hartford Reservoir, Crescent Lake and Batterson Park Pond are the most popular. See which one is the most appealing before you head over for a fun-filled afternoon by the water.
Need to get away from the stresses of modern life? Head out on an adventure to Dinosaur State Park and Hubbard Park. Nature lovers will also have a terrific time at River Highlands State Park and Case Mountain.
Don't forget to make time for some of the favored cultural spaces in the area. Enjoy the cool and quiet interior as you check out the different displays at the Witch's Dungeon Classic Movie Museum and the New England Air Museum. Another two to consider are the Connecticut Trolley Museum and the Mark Twain House Museum.
Step inside the science domain and head over to the Connecticut Science Center or the Talcott Mountain Science Center. Challenge your mind by investigating the stimulating collection of objects and models on exhibition. To have a truly comprehensive experience, you can stop at Van Vleck Observatory and Copernican Observatory & Planetarium.
From painting to collage, the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art present an impressive range of works throughout each year.
History comes alive at the Barnes Museum and the Museum of Connecticut History thanks to their vast array of illuminating displays. The Connecticut Historical Society Museum and the Connecticut Fire Museum are also highly esteemed choices.
The University of Connecticut-Hartford and the St. Joseph College are certainly worth paying a visit to, even if history isn't your forte. More tales from the days of yore await at Mark Twain House and the Trinity College.
The religions of the world are a rich and complex tapestry. Wherever you go, this is reflected in each destination's customs, traditions and architecture. Are you interested in learning about Hartford's spiritual side? Go for a stroll around Cathedral of St. Joseph, Christ Church Cathedral and First Church of Christ.
Before you pack up your bags and make your way home, make sure you stop by some of the lesser-known attractions here. The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts and Colt Park are some interesting options. If you can fit it in, also check out the Charter Oak Cultural Center and the Wethersfield Public Library.
Accommodation in Hartford
As can be expected from a state capital, Hartford offers a wide range of places to stay. You're sure to find the ideal place to match your style and budget amid the 109 Hartford lodging options on Expedia's lodgings page.
The Simsbury Inn, situated at 397 Hopmeadow Street, and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford South-Glastonbury, at 65 Glastonbury Blvd, are two excellent examples of higer ranking Hartford accommodation options. The Marriott Hartford Downtown and the Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford-Farmington are some of the other more luxurious options that you may find worth checking out.
Situated in Windsor Locks, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of New England Air Museum, Northwest Park, and Broad Brook Brewing. Connecticut Fire Museum and Oliver Ellsworth Homestead are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Hartford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theater Works and Bushnell Park. Mark Twain House and Trinity College are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Northwest Park, New England Air Museum, and Oliver Ellsworth Homestead. Vintage Radio and Communications Museum of Connecticut and Windsor Arts Center are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Manchester, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking and within 3 mi (5 km) of Manchester Parkade and Wickham Park. Charter Oak Park and Rentschler Field are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in North Meadows, this motel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Xfinity Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bushnell Park and Mark Twain House. Riverside Park and Christ Church Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Hartford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and Bushnell Park. Mark Twain House and Trinity College are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Oliver Ellsworth Homestead and within 6 mi (10 km) of Broad Brook Brewing and Connecticut Fire Museum. Connecticut Trolley Museum and Windsor Historical Society are also within 6 mi (10 km).