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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.
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 3D 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 too.
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. It is a wonderful museum, worth a visit for those that love antique entertainment.
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.
One of the state's best places to get an apple pie or pick-your-own fruit, Lyman Orchards offers fresh, local produce at great prices. There are a slew of annual events at the Orchards, starting with the Apple Hunt at Easter, where the Easter Bunny puts aside his candy for some healthy apples. During the summer months, there is the Sunflower Maze, and then if visiting in September and October, stop by the Corn Maze, which is spread across four acres of property. If golf is your game, there are two courses on the premises. You will never run out of things to do at Lyman Orchards!