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Take a walk by the lake, have a picnic, or ride on the vintage 1914 carousel that is housed in one of America's first municipal parks. Since the mid-1850s, Bushnell Park has offered citizens a comfortable place to unwind away from the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Hartford. On the registry of National Historic Landmarks since 1970, the famous Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch dedicated to those in the Civil War is one of the major highlights as well as the Horace Wells Monument and the Corning Fountain.
Homewood Suites Hartford is a quality hotel from the renowned Hilton brand that provides all the amenities a guest could ask for, from comfy linens to high-speed internet. The hotel is also close to many downtown locations like the XL Center, Bushnell Park and Constitution Plaza. Stay in a studio or in the one- and two-bedroom suites which has a kitchen and plenty of room, making it perfect for families and large groups.
Belonging to the popular hotel chain, Hilton Hartford assures you a pleasant stay with theor world-class hospitality and impeccable service. The hotel houses 393 elegant rooms adorned with cozy furnishings and modern amenities ensuring a comfortable stay for the guests. Centrally situated, this hotel is in proximity to several attractions and houses well-facilitated meeting spaces, making it ideal for both, business or leisure stays. After an exciting yet hectic touristy day, enjoy a relaxing dip at their pool or devour a scrumptious meal at the on-site restaurant.
The Hartford Marriott Downtown offers luxurious accommodations right in the heart of the city. Close to all the downtown action, this Marriott is suited for both business and leisure travelers. There are ample business facilities with eight different conference rooms, internet access and all the latest technology equips each one. The hotel rooms have LCD TVs, Wi-Fi, 300-thread count bedding and whirlpool bathtubs, staples of the Marriott brand.
The Connecticut Science Center is where everyone can immerse themselves in forensics, physics, astronomy and geology all while having fun at the same time. The stunning 3-D theater, educational laboratories and over 150 interactive exhibits are sure to keep the kids as well as the adults amused. Parts of the venue can be hired for children's birthday parties, seminars and luncheons where catering is provided and the center also allows for overnight educational visits!
Mrs. Elizabeth Colt was the wife of famed gunmaker, Samuel Colt. As a local benefactor, she donated 106-acres to the city of Hartford in 1900. Today, that land has been transformed into the beautifully manicured Colt Park, which contains pools, playgrounds, handball and racquetball courts, baseball diamonds as well as Dillon Stadium overlooking the Connecticut River. In the summer, Colt Park is usually packed with sun-starved Nutmeggers trying to enjoy the Great Outdoors before winter comes.
Bow Tie Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater offers cinematic thrills with the latest blockbusters from Hollywood. There are 17 screens, including an Odyssey Giant Screen which offers a 60 x 40-foot (18 by 12-meter) massive projection. Guests can also enjoy restaurant-quality food at the movie theater, with tasty treats like funnel cakes, sliders, nachos and other decadent sundries.
Riverside Park is one of Hartford's oldest public parks and its location on the waterfront invites all for a relaxing stroll or bike ride next to the water. The series of four, 148-acre parks on both sides of the River are popular picnicking and excursion spots for Hartford's residents and the many people who work Downtown during the week. Visitors can use the boathouse for rowing along the Connecticut River, get permits to go fishing or during the summer months, and even attend one of the numerous events at the riverfront venue, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.
Housed inside the Charter Oak Marketplace, Rainbow is a destination for budget fashion. This chic store is known for housing a wide range of trendy garments for women and children, and is truly a one-stop shop for all your fashion needs. Whether you are looking for a stylish dress for the upcoming date or a casual pair of jeans, you will find something for your taste here. You can even dress your little princess with the fashionable yet comfortable clothing from this store. Besides clothes, the shop offers a variety of trendy footwear and accessories to give you the complete diva look.
The New Children's Museum is the fifth oldest children's museum in the country and was established in 1927. It provides interesting technology exhibits as well as natural ones like a wildlife sanctuary, butterfly house (seasonal) and a visit inside "Conny the Whale." The planetarium is another highlight and the programs include field trips, birthday parties, facility rentals and other outreach events with the community.
A place brimming with excitement, Nomad's Adventure Quest is where you should be for a day of fun with the family. Featuring numerous video games, arcades, pool tables and bowling alleys, there is much to indulge in at this great venue. Challenge your friends to virtual race, shoot some hoops at the arcade basketball and play a round or two of pool. Nomads also features exclusive games such as laser tag, bumper cars, mini golf and indoor rock climbing. When all these games make you hungry head to the restaurant on site and feast on a scrumptious meal.
The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol contains one of the largest collections of antique carousel horses and carousels in the United States. Explore the Golden Age of the Carousel at this one-of-a-kind museum that displays and restores these priceless, unique works of art. A great museum for those that love antique entertainment in general.