Hartford Information

The capital city of Connecticut, Hartford is one of the leading cultural arts centers in the United States. Founded as a Dutch trading post in 1625, Hartford's strategic location on the Connecticut River made it an important shipping port for agricultural products in Colonial America. Today the city boasts more than 200 art and cultural institutions and is a magnet for tourists. Hartford is also an important business mecca and holds a number of annual conventions. Tourists will find a multitude of historic landmarks in and around the city, enjoy fine dining, and be entertained by numerous sporting events, live outdoor stage performances, and wonderful museum exhibits.

Getting Around Hartford
Just 20 minutes north of downtown is Bradley International Airport, served by several major airlines and easily accessible by freeway. The CT Transit system connects the airport to downtown and all outlying neighborhoods. Rental car agencies are found both at the airport and in the central business district. Visitors can enjoy the free Star Shuttle bus line which operates a circular route in and around the central downtown district. Taxi service is available at the airport and at designated queues in front of most major hotels in the city.

Things To See And Do
Hartford is home to a number of annual festivals and cultural events. Among the most popular are the Black-eyed and Blues Festival which includes fantastic BBQ dining, plenty of music and arts/crafts booths. The Dragon Boat Races and Asian Festival has martial arts demonstrations, paddle boat racing, Asian cultural booths and plenty of wonderful food.

The CT Veterans Parade is the largest of its kind in New England. Each year marchers and floats representing more than 50 communities gather for one of the most extensive parades in the region. The Open Studio Weekend event includes arts and crafts, jewelry and bead products, oil paintings by local artists, and photography exhibits.

For those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors, Harford offers visitors plenty of opportunities for recreation or relaxation. Riverside Park is a beautifully landscaped area near the central business district. Mountain bike and nature trails, restored buildings from earlier times, athletic fields and boat docks make this a favorite destination for both locals and tourists. Bushnell Park features a fully restored wooden carousel, large grassy play areas and wonderful views of some of the city's most historic buildings. Lady Katherine Cruises offers day and night boat tours along the river, complete with fine dining and wonderful views of the city and countryside.

Accommodations
Plenty of hotels, country lodges and B&B style inns are found throughout the Hartford area. The region is known for its traditional New England entrees but visitors will be delighted with the wide range of cultural cuisine offered by local eating establishments. Restaurants featuring Japanese and Pan-Asian favorites, Mediterranean specialties, Cajun delicacies and Continental masterpieces are sprinkled around the city, making it easy for visitors to find exactly what their palate demands.