Spend a Day in Downtown Hartford
Check out all downtown has to offer
If you only have a day to spend in Hartford, make sure you spend it exploring downtown. From delicious eateries to scenic sights, this downtown won’t leave you disappointed.
Start your morning off at The Kitchen at Billings Forge. This café not only offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches but they also serve quiche, oatmeal and a yogurt parfait. Don’t forget to pair your meal with one of their coffees or espressos.
Address: 559 Broad St, Hartford, CT 06115
After breakfast, walk over to Bushnell Park. Located in the heart of Hartford, this spacious park has been around for over 130 years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This park features a variety of trees such as the Chinese Toon and Turkey Oak, and a vintage carousel which only just costs $1 to ride. A must see while visiting the park is the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, which honors the Hartford citizens who served in the Civil War and those citizens who died.
Address: 15 Trinity St, Hartford, CT 06106
Since you are in Connecticut’s state capital, touring the capitol building is a must. Enjoy a free guided tour or pick up a guide booklet and do a self-guided tour. Explore the capitol and legislative chambers, discover the rich, historic displays, and see the Connecticut Hall of Fame. The Capitol and Legislative Office Buildings are open Monday – Friday.
Address: 300 Capitol Ave #5100, Hartford, CT 06106
Once your tour is complete, discover the stunning artwork in the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. From European art, to costume and textiles, to contemporary art, this museum’s collection is sure to leave you in awe. If you get hungry while touring the exhibits, stop by the Museum Café to pick up a bite to eat. The Museum Café is open for lunch every Wednesday – Sunday.
Address: 600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103
For dinner, enjoy some Mexican cuisine at Agave Grill. Start your meal off with some guacamole that’s prepared tableside, or flautas filled with spicy barbecue pulled pork. For your main dish try the lobster enchiladas or the chicken adobo burrito served with a crème fraiche sauce. End your meal on a sweet note by trying their banana chimichanga complete with house-made honey whipped cream.
Address: 100 Allyn St, Hartford, CT 06103
End your day at the XL Center. See Hartford's ice hockey team, Hartford Wolfpack, or watch the University of Connecticut's basketball team shoot some hoops. This arena also hosts a variety of events including concerts and comedians, so make sure to see what events are happening while you're in town.
Address: 1 Civic Center Plz, Hartford, CT 06103