FAQ

Wondering about the best way to get to the Connecticut Convention Center Center? What about parking and WiFi? We’ve put the answers to common questions right at your fingertips so you can get the details you need to make your visit easy and convenient.

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Is the Connecticut Convention Center wheelchair accessible?

The Connecticut Convention Center is wheelchair accessible, including exhibit halls, meeting rooms, and ballrooms. Elevators are located at street and pre-function levels with ramping available throughout the Center. Bathrooms throughout the Center are wheelchair accessible. The Center’s parking facilities have specifically marked and reserved parking spaces. 

Service animals (i.e. dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities) are welcome at the Center — provided they are leashed or under similar control as appropriate. Owners take full responsibility for their animals.

 

Where is the Connecticut Convention Center located?

100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06103

Located in the heart of downtown Hartford, the Convention Center is within a two-and-a-half-hour drive of 23 million people – a demographic fact that rivals only Manhattan. Four major Northeast Interstates converge on or near Hartford: Interstate 90 (Massachusetts Turnpike) and Interstate 95 are located 30 minutes north and south of the city. Interstates 84 and 91 intersect in downtown Hartford. The Connecticut Convention Center is most easily accessible from a dedicated exit on Interstate 91, #29-A, north or south. The exit is marked “Capital Area Exit/Convention Center.” For directions, click here.

 

Is there parking at the Connecticut Convention Center?

An 8-level parking garage for approximately 2,600 standard-sized vehicles is attached to the Connecticut Convention Center. Oversized vehicles can be accommodated on an on-site surface parking lot with approximately 125 spaces. An additional 232 standard spaces are available directly across the street from the Center on Columbus Boulevard for special evening and weekend events.

All parking facilities at the Connecticut Convention Center are managed by LAZ Parking. Please contact the LAZ Parking at (860) 728-2598 for parking rates, oversized vehicle details, and handicap accessible parking.

 

Is there WiFi at the Connecticut Convention Center?

Free WiFi is available within the Convention Center on The Landing near Seattle’s Best.
 

Where can I stay?

More than 6,000 hotel rooms are located in the Greater Hartford Area (within 30 minutes/30 miles). There are approximately 1,500 hotel rooms in downtown, within easy walking distance of the Connecticut Convention Center, including the Center’s headquarter hotel, the attached Marriott Hartford Downtown. For additional lodging information, please call the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau at (860) 728-6789 or visit CTMeetings.org.
 

What is there to do in Hartford?

Hartford is a vibrant and walkable downtown that has seamlessly woven a rich historical past into a modern city. Whether you’re here for work, for play, or for both you’ll discover that Hartford Has It. Across the street from the Connecticut Convention Center is Hartford’s new entertainment hub, the Front Street District, where you’ll find restaurants, bistros and live entertainment venues. 

The City of Hartford combines a vibrant arts and culture scene with a wide variety of nightlife options created by restaurants, bars, and clubs throughout the city’s 17 neighborhoods. Within 3 blocks of the Connecticut Convention Center, there are more than two dozen restaurants and eateries, including an upscale Italian trattoria, Vivo Resturante, at the attached Marriott Hartford Downtown. The most concentrated area of activity is in downtown Hartford, between Union Station and Main Street. Hartford’s North, South and West ends also offer an array of ethnic and upscale dining and nightclub options. Hartford offers a variety of specialty shops, including fine clothing and upscale gift shops, as well as basic conveniences, gourmet grocery, neighborhood and ethnic markets. 

Nearby and neighboring towns such as West Hartford, Wethersfield, and Glastonbury offer bustling and quaint town centers that combine historic attractions, fine and casual dining, antiques and high-end boutique shopping. Major shopping outlets within a 10 to 15-mile radius include the Westfarms Mall on the West Hartford/Farmington town line; Blue Back Square in West Hartford Center; Somerset Square in Glastonbury; Buckland Hills Mall in Manchester; and Evergreen Walk in South Windsor. Bus route information for all of these establishments can be obtained from CTTransit.com.

 

How do I get around Hartford?

Downtown Hartford is compact and walkable, but a free – and frequent – circular shuttle service, the DASH is available to get you around all of downtown to hotels, restaurants, attractions and more. The DASH leaves the Connecticut Convention Center every 15 minutes and operates Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m. During major downtown events, the schedule may be extended to include evening and weekend service. For more information visit the Transportation page.
 

What is the closest airport?

Bradley International Airport is only 15 miles from the Convention Center and serves the top airline carriers in the U.S. 

The Bradley Flyer provides quick and easy travel between the airport and downtown Hartford. The trip only takes about 30 minutes and operates approximately hourly between downtown Hartford and all the terminals at the airport, seven days a week for a one-way fare of $1.50. For more information visit the Transportation page.

 

What is the weather like?

Connecticut experiences four seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall – that encompass a temperate range of climates. The annual highlight is the distinct beauty of Fall in New England, with leaves turning from verdant green to brilliant red, orange and yellow from mid-September to the beginning or middle of November. The peak of “leaf-peeping” season in Connecticut is during the month of October, which coincides with many local agricultural and harvest fairs.
 

What does the Connecticut Convention Center offer?

The Connecticut Convention Center is the largest convention facility between New York and Boston, with 140,000 square feet of exhibit space; 25,000 square feet of meeting space and a 40,000 square foot ballroom. It’s headquarter hotel is the attached Marriott Hartford Downtown, a 22-story, 409-room hotel that earned a AAA 4-Diamond designation in its first year of operation. It is the only 4-Diamond hotel property in Hartford and it features more than 13,500 square feet of ballroom and meeting space.
 

How affordable is Hartford?

Overall, Hartford presents a significant cost savings over other Northeast meeting destinations, most notably New York City and Boston. In addition, work rules within the building allow exhibitors to carry equipment in, or wheel equipment in on two wheels. Exhibitors can then perform their own booth set-up, which dramatically impacts service rates in a very positive way.
 

Who do I call to plan a meeting or event at the Connecticut Convention Center?

If you are interested in planning a meeting or other event at the Connecticut Convention Center, please contact the sales department at (860) 728-2639.
 

How can I become an exhibitor at the Connecticut Convention Center?

If you are interested in exhibiting at an upcoming event, please contact the show promoter directly, or call the Connecticut Convention Center at (860) 249-6000 and ask to speak with a member of the exhibitor services staff.
 

Does the Connecticut Convention Center host weddings?

The Connecticut Convention Center hosts weddings in its ballroom space, ranging from 12,000 to 40,000 square feet. The minimum number of attendees is 150, with a food and beverage minimum of $110 per person. For more information visit the Wedding page.
 

How can I become employed at the Connecticut Convention Center?

If you are interested in employment at the Connecticut Convention Center, you can apply online on the Employment page.