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Hartford

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Historic Sites · Theaters · Art Museums
Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. It was the seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960. As of the 2010 Census, Hartford's population was 124,775, making it Connecticut's third-largest city after the coastal cities of Bridgeport and New Haven. Census Bureau estimates since then have indicated Hartford's fall to fourth place statewide, as a result of sustained population growth in the coastal city of Stamford.Hartford is nicknamed the "Insurance Capital of the World", as it hosts many insurance company headquarters and insurance is the region's major industry. The city was founded in 1635 and is among the oldest cities in the United States. It is home to the nation's oldest public art museum, and the second-oldest secondary school (Hartford Public High School). It also is home to Trinity College, a private liberal arts college, and the Mark Twain House where the author wrote his most famous works and raised his family, among other historically significant attractions. Twain wrote in 1868, "Of all the beautiful towns it has been my fortune to see this is the chief."
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Historic Site
The Mark Twain House & Museum
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Art Museum
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Science Museum
Connecticut Science Center
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Government Building
Connecticut State Capitol
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Hartford

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Cemetery
Cedar Hill Cemetery
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Brewery
Hog River Brewing Company
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Historic Site
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Religious Site
Cathedral of St Joseph
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

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Art Museum
Norman Rockwell Museum Stockbridge
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Observatory
Mystic Seaport Museum Mystic
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Aquarium
Mystic Aquarium Mystic
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Duration: 2 hours
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Casino
Foxwoods Resort Casino Mashantucket
3.6
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Hartford

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Park
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Bushnell Park
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Charter Oak Landing
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Riverside Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Hartford

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Historic Site
Butler-McCook Homestead
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Cemetery
Ancient Burying Ground
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Religious Site
First Church of Christ in Hartford
3.5
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Hartford

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Art Gallery
Real Art Ways
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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History Museum
Connecticut Historical Society
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
CRRA Trash Museum
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

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