Take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy a few moments of relaxation at Elizabeth Park Conservancy. Operating since 1897, this beautiful park has been a place of interest for the locals as well as the tourists due to its charming gardens. The property spans an area of 102 acres (41 hectares) and is home to a heritage rose garden, horticultural garden, shade garden and four other gardens. Besides the lush greenery, it features four century-old Greenhouses verdant pathways, lawns and many more things to do on a sunny day. It also provides facilities for recreational activities like tennis courts, basket ball courts, picnic groves and many others. All in all you are sure to enjoy your time here.
Lake Compounce Family Theme Park is the one of the oldest continuously operated theme parks in the United States. The amusement park and adjoining water park are two of the hottest summer attractions in the region, as well as the Wildcat, (a wooden roller coaster built in 1927 and reconstructed with new wood in 1985) and a carousel built in 1911. This is the perfect spot for some family fun or to just admire this historic and fun-filled attraction.
Technically the oldest of the Six Flags franchises, the former Riverside Amusement Park was purchased by the amusement park giant in 1996. Children of all ages can enjoy the park's array of rides, which includes one of the largest wooden roller coasters in the world. The park also houses the Hurricane Harbor Water Park, and many rides and areas designated for smaller children. Visit around Halloween to encounter one of New England's scariest spots, as Six Flags puts on its annual Fright Fest. The park's hours change daily, so be sure to check online before visiting.
Hartford's Cedar Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of many of Connecticut's most notable residents. This 227-acre (92-hectare) cemetery has been open since 1864 and is one of the region's finest examples of cemetery architecture combined with the rustic Connecticut environment. Some of the most notable residents interred here are the infamous J.P. Morgan and lovely Katharine Hepburn. The Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation provides tours and holds events throughout the year.
Sitting beside the Supreme Court Building, the Connecticut State Library is a repository for many historical materials that pertain to the state. It not only provides historical archives and documents, but it functions as a modern library that allows residents to access material and facilities. Also on-site is the Museum of Connecticut History, the institution that officially oversees the historical archives of the Constitution State.
Located on Ratlum Road, Ski Sundown is a family friendly ski area in Hartford. Spread over 70 acres (approximately 28.3 hectares), this place offers numerous trails with varying levels of difficulty. During in-season, Ski Sundown opens its popular trails to the public and offers group packages and lesson programs for all ages. Pick up your passes from their on-site Welcome Center and enjoy the various facilities available at the base including a lodge, sports shop, and rental shop. Relax and dine in any of their three food and lounge areas, and meet new friends. With a full fledged snowsports school, banquet center, scenic views, and nighttime skiing, Ski Sundown is the ideal location for a fun winter holiday.
Nestled besides the Connecticut River, the Great River Park is a scenic waterfront park. Enjoy a stroll on the paved and lighted river-walks or have a picnic with your family and friends amidst nature. Go fishing or boating and check out their exercise stations. This parkland also features an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 350 spectators and has many sculptures all around the park. It hosts year-round events and programs as well.
An area that was once farmland, the South End of Hartford is now home to the city's Italian community. Stroll through this district and you'll see Italian flags just as often as you'll see the stars and stripes. Follow your nose to the many delis, restaurants, bakeries and small import grocery stores that line the street as well as charming boutiques. Soon you'll feel like you've discovered a bit of Rome in Connecticut.