Explore our Two-Day Tour of the Hartford Area
From art, culture and steam trains to breweries, and more, there’s so much to see and do in Hartford County. To help you plan your trip, we’ve provided this handy guide showing the best places to explore throughout the area.
History & Arts Tour | Day 1
Stop #1: Visit the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. This National Historic Landmark that ranks as one of the “Ten Best Historic Homes” in the world by National Geographic.
Stop #2: Explore this National Historic Landmark - Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford. That was home to the author of the best-selling Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
Lunch: Enjoy lunch at Treva. Treva’s cuisine is inspired from central and upper Italy. Chef Dorjan was selected as one of the best chefs by Hartford Magazine.
Stop #3: Take a free guided tour the State Capitol in Hartford, a National Historic Landmark for a behind-the-scenes look at state executive offices, legislative chambers and historic displays.
Stop #4: Explore Connecticut's Old State House, Hartford there are many pieces of history at one of the nation’s oldest State Houses, the very spot where our state’s democracy was born. ctoldstatehouse.org
After you enjoy dinner, take in a performance at one of Hartford’s award-winning theaters:
Land, Air & Sea Tour | Day 2
STOP #1: Explore 165 hands-on exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events. ctsciencecenter.com
STOP #2: Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum, Historic Wethersfield. Enjoy lunch in the authentic 19th-century Webb Barn and tour three 18th-century homes that depict the quintessential New England experience.
After Lunch chose your destination.
STOP #3: All aboard the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat, Essex the country’s only steam train and riverboat connection for a sightseeing journey through the Connecticut River Valley.
STOP #4: Shopping and dinner in Essex. Finish up the day eating and shopping in the town that has been dubbed “The Perfect Small American Town” in the 1,000 Places to See before You Die travel guide.
STOP #3: Step aboard a RiverQuest cruise for a scenic tour along the Connecticut River.
STOP #4: Take a tour of Connecticut’s local brewery Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield with a national reputation. This microbrewery has something on tap for all beer-enthusiasts. hookerbeer.com STOP #5: New England Air Museum, Windsor Locks Aviate your mind while exploring the museum’s exciting aircraft, exhibits and programs. Enjoy catered hot and cold meals on site.
Other Nearby Options
- Butler-McCook House, Hartford
- Connecticut River Museum, Essex
- Elizabeth Park Rose Garden, Hartford
- Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam
- Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington
- New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain
- Noah Webster House, West Hartford
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford