Connecticut is often overlooked by tourists because it is one of the smaller states in New England, but this is a huge mistake. Despite its relatively small size, Connecticut is filled with picturesque and historically significant cities that everyone must see at some point in their life. One of these must-see locations is its capital city of Hartford. These are the four best things to do in Hartford, Connecticut.
Mark Twain House and Museum
While he may have been born in Missouri, beloved author Mark Twain spent a large portion of his life living in Hartford. His life in Hartford is now celebrated every day at the Mark Twain House and Museum. This educational museum is located in the exact same house Twain had built for his family before moving to Hartford. Twain wrote some of the greatest novels of all-time in the house including “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and “The Prince and The Pauper.”
Connecticut Science Center
Anyone taking the family to Hartford must stop by the Connecticut Science Center. The museum is filled with dozens of hands-on exhibits and activities that will be loved by kids of all ages. The most popular spot in the museum is the butterfly room. The kids will get to watch as more than 40 different species of butterflies fly around them. They will even get the chance to touch a few if they are lucky.
Dunkin’ Donuts Park
Dunkin’ Donuts Park is a minor league baseball stadium that is home to the Hartford Yard Goats. The stadium holds just over 6,000 people, and it was first opened at the start of the 2017 season. In addition to the exciting action on the field, Dunkin’ Donuts Park is filled with entertaining activities around the stadium. Fans can hang out with the mascot, play a few games or pet some goats behind the outfield wall.
Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum
Hartford may not be associated with a great art scene, but it is actually the home of the country’s oldest art museum. The Wadsworth Atheneum Art Museum has been operating since 1844. The museum was also the first in the country to display paintings by iconic artists Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Frederic Edwin Church.