Top Recommended Layover Activities:
1. Center Church
60 Gold St, Main and Gold Sts, Hartford, CT 06103-2993 · 860-249-5631
Patterned after the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Field in London, this building features five stained glass windows created by Louis Tiffany. The churchyard’s Ancient Burying Ground is filled with granite and brownstone tombstones, some dating from the 1600’s.
2. Black-Eyed Sally's
350 Asylum St
Hartford, CT 06103
Cross Street: Ann Street
Phone: (860) 278-7427
From po' boys to a hopping blues scene, you won't find this much soul anywhere else in Hartford. Stunning original portraits of blues legends like Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Buddy Guy add authentic art to the gritty, folksy decor. There's not a better setting to listen and dance to the blues. An excellent array of Southern specialties like po' boys, etouffee and jambalaya hit the spot. Slow-smoked rib meat falls right off the bone and come with your choice of Carolina vinegar, blackjack molasses or Cajun beer sauce. For dessert, try the tasty apple bread pudding. The hurricanes (vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, sloe gin, cherry brandy, fruit juices and sour mix) are so strong, customers are cut off after two. There's plenty of beer on tap like Red Hook, Sam Adams and Guinness.
3. Old State House
800 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103-2399 · 860-522-6766
Visit this historic building designed by Charles Bullfinch, architect of the national capitol. An impressive cupola and roof balustrade are some of the building’s many highlights. Everyone from Abraham Lincoln to George Bush has delivered a speech in the Great Senate Room.
Top Weekend Getaways And Day Trip Excursions:
1. Bushnell Park
At Gold and Jewell Sts, Hartford, CT 06103-1173 · 860-232-6710
Naturally landscaped, this forty-acre park fans out from the State Capitol. Created by the landscape architect who had a hand in designing New York’s Central Park, Bushnell Park features 150 species of trees, a 1914 carousel, and a large memorial dedicated to the soldiers and sailors of the Civil War. Site of many of Hartford’s festivals. Hartford's jazz scene hits a high note with free summer concerts at the footsteps of the illuminated state Capitol building. Jazz musicians take the stage Monday nights during the summer concert season, which culminates in July with the three-day Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz. Pack a picnic basket and watch the sun set behind the band shell before relaxing under the stars. A blanket and bug spray are all you need to get lost in the rhythm.
2. Travelers Insurance Tower
1 Tower Square, Hartford, CT 06183-6100 · 860-277-0111
This 500-plus foot building is the hallmark of Connecticut’s skyline. The roof is pyramid-shaped with a gold-leafed cupola. A must see for anyone fascinated by buildings and architecture.
3. Nathan Hale Homestead
2299 South St, Coventry, Hartford, CT 06238 · 860-247-8996
House tours offer fascinating glimpses into Revolutionary War-era life. Artifacts on display include Hale’s Bible and his fowling gun. The house hosts a series of Colonial Lifeways programs including a fall Lantern Tour, Colonial camp, historical character dramas, and colonial-themed birthday parties.