Say Hello to Hartford

When you arrive in Hartford in 2018 you’ll find a surprise around every corner: a vibrant redeveloped downtown, world-class attractions, and an innovative food scene are just the start. Downtown Hartford is easily accessible, leaving you with more time to meet, explore and connect. We don’t just meet expectations, we defy them.


Some Awesome Things You Should Know About Connecticut



Downtown boasts an incredible restaurant scene 

USA Today described Hartford’s food scene as “…faithful to its New England roots, while embracing a more diverse, innovative approach to food.” With over 40 local, independent restaurants all located downtown Hartford offers a wide range of cuisines, ensuring there’s something for every palette (and they’re all a must-try!)



Art. Science. History. Hatford has it all

Downtown is bustling with entertainment options, and the best part is you don’t have to just pick one, you can do it all! From the world-class Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, to the state-of-the art Connecticut Science Center; or the pulse-pounding action of the Hartford Wolf Pack to the immersive history at the Mark Twain House; or the bizarre “Facade House” that looks like an impressive mansion from the front but is only 18 feet deep. 



Get where you’re going in less than 15 minutes (for free!)

Hartford is a compact downtown, so getting where you’re going on-foot is a snap. But when you want to rest your feet, just hop on the free Hartford dash, a downtown circulator shuttle departing the Connecticut Convention Center every 15 minutes.



New England in the Fall, need we say more?

Connecticut has New England’s longest Fall foliage season.  Expansive rolling hills and stunning waterfront are all a short-drive away making Connecticut the best area leaf-peeping. Plus, the Connecticut River, which runs along downtown Hartford and is visible from the Convention Center, often holds its color the longest. 



Meet Quinnehtukqut

Situated “beside the long tidal river” not only is Hartford is a diverse destination, but a rich American Indian history and culture extends throughout the state. Can’t miss places to see include: the Corning Fountain, Mashantucket Pequot Museum, Institute for American Indian Studies, and the Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum.