There are many things to
do in the Hartford area
that provide for a vacation or weekend getaway. If you
would like a good place to relax after a day full of Hartford
tourism activities, Bushnell Park is a great attraction
for the entire family. Bushnell Park Hartford is the oldest
public park in the country and has been around since the
mid-1800’s at a time when people were realizing
the need for wide open spaces of land in urban centers.
Visitors to the park will experience a scenic landscape
of both rare and native trees. This Hartford tourism attraction
is a focal point in downtown Hartford and is host to many
cultural events, music festivals, and art fairs every
year. Bushnell Park in Hartford is easy to get to by the
well-developed network of public transportation or by car. The park is also in
close proximity to many other Hartford tourism attractions
and accommodations. Some of the accommodations in Hartford
include stately colonial style mansions as well as large
name hotel chains that offer less of a historical experience
but more of the familiarity that you might be used to.
Bushnell Park in Hartford is very close to the state Capitol building which cannot be missed when taking a stroll through the park. The capital is a popular attraction for Hartford tourism among tour groups and visitors who are interested in government and story of how the state of Connecticut was established. Hartford has been the sole capital of Connecticut since 1873. Before that time, both New Haven and Hartford were considered the state’s capitals.
A vintage carousel from the early 20th century is just
one reason that people love Bushnell Park in Hartford.
The three minute carousel ride will have you feeling like
a kid again as you marvel at the brightly painted hand
carved wooden horses. Another spot in Bushnell Park worth
checking out is the Pump House Gallery which was built
in 1949. This building looks just like a charming little
English cottage, but is actually a functional pump house
and an art gallery that displays works by local artists.
Although many might think that this attraction is a bit
odd, the Pump House Gallery continues to be a hot spot
in Bushnell Park year after year. The park is also home
to an annual fiddle contest where fiddlers from all over
the country compete for fun and prizes.
The best time to visit the park is during the summer
months when the beautiful foliage of the trees and grassland
is green and the weather is
nice and sunny. Of course, autumn provides a chance to
walk amongst big pile of leaves and watch the squirrels
as they prepare for hibernation. After strolling through
Bushnell Park or enjoying one of its many festivals, you
may want to visit other destinations in downtown Hartford.
Bushnell Park Hartford tourism destinations in the downtown
area include the Wadsworth
Atheneum Museum of Art and the Old State House. There
are also many cultural events and music festivals that
take place at the Riverfront Plaza near Bushnell Park.
Day or night, you will have a great time in Hartford and
in Bushnell Park.