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.
This home on Farmington Avenue is where Mark Twain lived from 1874 until he moved to Europe (due to bankruptcy) in 1891. It is also the place where Twain wrote some of his most famous works, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The estate is in constant renovation and the curating team is always looking to restore it as it was when Twain lived here. Nonetheless, the adjacent Museum offers an exclusive documentary about the writer by director Ken Burns and the home was one of the first 100 architectural sites to be registered as a National Historic Landmark in the United States.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is dedicated to the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin and it offers a profound insight into the life and times of this suffragette. This is the home in which Stowe lived from 1873 until her death in 1893. The house includes authentic, restored furniture pieces as well as souvenirs from her journeys around the world. A library, located on the grounds of the nearby Day House contains books, manuscripts, images and more. Visitors can also view eight Victorian gardens on the grounds of the estate as well as several special events held throughout the year.
Springfield's Museum of Fine Arts includes collections of fine works by some of the world's greatest painters and sculptors. Highlights of the permanent collection include works by Monet, Gauguin, Degas, Pissarro, and Renoir, 19th-and 20th-century Japanese prints, and modern artworks by O'Keefe. The Fine Arts Museum also boasts the only permanent collection of Currier & Ives lithographs.
Take a break from your regular city life and feel that adrenaline rush as you perform activities at Empower Leadership Sports & Adventure Center. This activity center is known for offering a variety of adventure packages. You can choose from a hearty Tree Climbing Adventure or opt for the Zip Line Canopy tours, this place is sure to have some exciting program for you. For the sport enthusiasts, this outdoor facility offers personalized activities as well. Come here with your family or plan a corporate team-building activity, you are in for a good time.
Located in the downtown area, the Butler-McCook House & Garden is one of the oldest structures in Hartford. Established in 1782, the home was designed by Jacob Weidenman in a Victorian style, and everything reflects this era, from the pretty garden that surrounds the home to the interior details. The home was owned by the Butler and McCook family for two centuries and now it functions as a museum, with exhibits reflecting the four generations that lived in this house, and the changes that the neighborhood saw over the years.
City Steam Brewery Café is a spectacular seven-level restaurant in the historic Richardson Building with the Marriott Residence Inn. The 15-barrel brew house allows brewmaster Ron Page to handcraft up to 12 styles of ales and lagers. The moderately priced classic brew house menu has new world touches that provide for everyone's tastes. Award winning Brew Ha Ha Comedy Club performs on Thursday at 9p, Friday and Saturday at 7p and 10p. You can enjoy a DJ on Thursday through Saturday without a cover. There is also a large upscale pool room, outdoor beer garden and many function rooms.
The Connecticut Historical Society expounds upon the history of America's fifth State. Visit their museum and center to learn more about Northeastern history through exhibitions, programs and Connecticut-related collections. It also features one of the largest costume and textile collections in New England. The research center has over 270,000 artifacts and graphics, and over 100,000 books and pamphlets. Overall, an interesting spot to visit, especially if you're from Connecticut.