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Ranked #1 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks

Mark Twain and his family lived in this 19-room mansion on Farmington Avenue from 1874-1891.  Many rooms are lavishly decorated by Associated Artists, the interior design firm... more »

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Ranked #2 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Owner description: Hartford Stage, located in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the nation's leading resident theatres, known for producing... more » Owner description: Hartford Stage, located in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the nation's leading resident theatres, known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 68 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually. « less
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Ranked #3 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Art Museums; Museums
Owner description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest... more » Owner description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River School paintings in the world, an impressive array of Pilgrim-era furnishings and European and American art. « less
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Ranked #4 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Architectural Buildings; Government Buildings; Cultural
Owner description: A tour of the gold-leaf-domed capitol includes the Hall of Flags and, when they're in session, a chance to see the state... more » Owner description: A tour of the gold-leaf-domed capitol includes the Hall of Flags and, when they're in session, a chance to see the state senate and house of representatives in action. « less
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Ranked #5 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A 21st-century museum and... more » Owner description: Harriet Beecher Stowe was the best-selling author of the anti-slavery novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” A 21st-century museum and program center, the Stowe Center offers interactive and engaging tours of Stowe’s home and garden and programs designed to inspire action on social justice issues. Themed tours change monthly; specialized tour experiences and discussion-based contemporary issue programs regularly offered. In 2012-13, marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the continued sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the 200th anniversary of the birth of abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher, Stowe's favorite brother. « less
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Ranked #6 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Gardens; Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is... more » Owner description: This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is best known for its magnificent rose garden, with 800 varieties of roses. « less
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Ranked #7 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Hartford's professional Off-Broadway-style theatre.
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Ranked #8 of 40 attractions in Hartford

The Bushnell theatre is Hartford's premier theatre destination. Many traveling productions of popular Broadway shows stop in Hartford. Some shows that have played the Bushnell... more »

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Ranked #9 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Science Museums; Museums
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Ranked #10 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Convention Centers; Other
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Ranked #11 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
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Ranked #12 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Cemeteries; Cultural
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Ranked #13 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Government Buildings; Historic Sites; Cultural
Owner description: The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round. The restored historic chambers, and... more » Owner description: The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round. The restored historic chambers, and grounds are now the site of events such as exhibits, curiosity museum, hands-on history, guided/self-guided tours and more! It is managed by the Connecticut General Assembly « less
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Ranked #14 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Jogging Paths/ Tracks; Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: The first public park in America that was financed with public funds, Bushnell Park draws visitors to its 1914 carousel, and... more » Owner description: The first public park in America that was financed with public funds, Bushnell Park draws visitors to its 1914 carousel, and also features memorials honoring Civil War and Spanish-American War soldiers and some 150 varieties of trees. « less
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Ranked #15 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Libraries; Cultural
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Ranked #16 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: History Museums; Cultural
Owner description: Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center... more » Owner description: Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society (CHS) is a non-profit museum, library, research and education center that strives to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history through research assistance, exhibitions, tours and programs for all ages. The colorful and interactive "Making Connecticut" exhibit is filled with more than 500 historic objects, images, and documents telling the story of Connecticut from the 1500s through today. « less
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Ranked #17 of 40 attractions in Hartford
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Ranked #18 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Educational Sites; Museums

This may seem like an obscure sightseeing attraction, but the more than 400,000 who have visited it found it very interesting. It's a recycling center owned and operated by the... more »

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Ranked #19 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #20 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Educational Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #21 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #22 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
Owner description: Hartford's oldest remaining house, built in 1782 as the home to Eliza Butler and her husband Rev. John McCook, offers a fine... more » Owner description: Hartford's oldest remaining house, built in 1782 as the home to Eliza Butler and her husband Rev. John McCook, offers a fine collection of vintage furnishings, paintings and Oriental artifacts. « less
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Ranked #23 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #24 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Cultural
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Ranked #25 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Religious Sites; Cultural
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Ranked #26 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields; Theaters & Stadiums
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Ranked #27 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Observation Decks/ Towers; Observatories/ Planetariums; Landmarks
Owner description: The observation deck of this 1919 neo-classical pink granite building offers a panoramic view of the city, the Connecticut... more » Owner description: The observation deck of this 1919 neo-classical pink granite building offers a panoramic view of the city, the Connecticut River and the surrounding countryside. « less
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Ranked #28 of 40 attractions in Hartford
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Ranked #29 of 40 attractions in Hartford
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Ranked #30 of 40 attractions in Hartford
Category: Parks; Outdoors
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