10 Things to Do in West Hartford That You Shouldn't Miss

April 5, 2018 Veronika Gaddis

West Hartford is an affluent suburb located in Hartford County, Connecticut, United States. Located 5 miles (8.0 km) west of downtown Hartford, the population was 63,268 at the 2010 census.
Restaurants in West Hartford

1. Elizabeth Park

1561 Asylum Ave, I-84 Exit 44, West Hartford, CT 06106 +1 860-722-6543
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4.5 based on 332 reviews

Elizabeth Park

This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is best known for its magnificent rose garden, with 800 varieties of roses.

Reviewed By Otis_108 - San Diego, California

What a lovely treasure in the middle of the city. Was such a treat to walk through it. We happened to be there in October when they had a lot of Halloween things up and that was really a bonus. Loved our time here!

2. Hartford Stage

50 Church St, Hartford, CT 06103-1201 +1 860-527-5151
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5 based on 209 reviews

Hartford Stage

Hartford Stage, located in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of the nation's leading resident theatres, known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 68 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.

Reviewed By gersty - NYC

This is our 15th year attending this production. We have loved this production since we first saw it with our 4 year old daughter in 2003. Attending this production is a family holiday tradition that always puts us in the Christmas spirit. While we lament the retirement of Bill Raymond from the production, Michael Preston's Scrooge was a deft and more than acceptable replacement. We hope to come back for our 16th year in 2018.
Bravo Hartford Stage!

3. Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

2 Eastview Dr, Farmington, CT 06032-1230 +1 860-409-7009
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5 based on 187 reviews

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure

Complexity: A Puzzling Adventure An Escape Room type activity in Farmington, Connecticut Search the room, Find the clues, Solve the puzzles, Complete the mission! It is a great way to: Celebrate a birthday Engage in team building and be considered awesome for choosing it as your company event.

Reviewed By Rooindie - Farmington, Connecticut

We had a group of six, five of whom had never done one of these before. It was super fun, everyone contributed to the solution. I can't imagine doing this with a much smaller group, 6 felt like a good number. We thought we would make it without any hints, but in the last few minutes it became clear we needed help - we escaped with maybe 90 seconds to spare. We all agreed we'd like to come back and try one of the other rooms. We did the Cat Burglar room. We were there about an hour and a half in total.

4. West Hartford Reservoir

1420 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107-3136 +1 860-278-7850
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

West Hartford Reservoir

Reviewed By JBMartiniguy - Hartford, Connecticut

The 'Res itself is a an easy walk, flat and always near the water with great views, lots of sky, free parking and not too challenging. It can also be used to reach the Heublein Tower from the south side following the MMC Trail (Metacomet-Monadnock Trail) Blue Markers or south on the same trail.

On weekends the lots get full(er) late morning to l=mid afternoon, so plan accordingly.

5. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103-2911 +1 860-278-2670
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4.5 based on 458 reviews

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River School paintings in the world, an impressive array of Pilgrim-era furnishings and European and American art.

Reviewed By Carlton M - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We had so much fun with Sez Zion, Lamont Williams and group were incredible. The buffet was wonderful as usual with fresh orange juice (PLUS). Quiche Lorraine, Tomato and Spinach Quiche, Challah French Toast, Bagels & Cream Cheese, Breakfast Potatoes, Assorted Pastries, Fresh Fruit, Sausage and Bacon. Great coffee and wonderful service. Mimosas or Bloody Mary complimentary. The new Edward Gorey Exhibit ends May 6th. If you love PBS/Masterpiece Mystery, he did the art work, drawings and more. Don't miss it! It is inspiring and emotional for some of us who remember the beginnings of "Mystery".

6. Hill-Stead Museum

35 Mountain Rd, off Route 10, Farmington, CT 06032-2372 +1 860-677-4787
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5 based on 192 reviews

Hill-Stead Museum

This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.

Reviewed By HappyTrailsTwoYou - Central Ct

Very nice historical visit with a guided tour. Take the tour during the spring when everything is flowering.

7. The Mark Twain House & Museum

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105-6400 +1 860-247-0998
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

The Mark Twain House & Museum

The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of America's greatest author, Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and The Pauper and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. A stunning example of Picturesque Gothic architecture, the 25-room home features a dramatic grand hall, a lush glass conservatory, a grand library and the handsome billiard room where Twain wrote his famous books. The Webster Bank Museum Center at The Mark Twain House & Museum offers visitors an opportunity to learn more about Mark Twain, his family, the historic house, and the author's legacy. This state-of-the-art facility houses our ticket desk; the Aetna Gallery with a permanent exhibition on Twain's life and work; a rotating exhibition hall, The Hartford Financial Services Theatre, showing a Ken Burns mini-documentary on Twain; classroom space; the lecture hall-style Lincoln Financial Auditorium; The Mark Twain Store; entertaining spaces like the soaring Hal Holbrook and the sunny second floor cafe/patio area.

Reviewed By terrsall - Waterloo, Indiana

While listening to our excellent guide talk about Sam Clemens love of this house, my mind wandered. I could envision him walking the hallways and rooms, proudly! What a great writer and humanitarian he was. Lived in this house longer than anywhere else but did not do a lot of his writing here. You not only learn more about his writing but also his family life. What an interesting and inspiring tour. Two thumbs up!

8. Connecticut State Capitol

210 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106-1535 +1 860-240-0222
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4.5 based on 168 reviews

Connecticut State Capitol

A tour of the gold-leaf-domed capitol includes the Hall of Flags and, when they're in session, a chance to see the state senate and house of representatives in action.

Reviewed By Kay M - Augusta, GA

We have been to at least 25 state capitol buildings and rarely take the tour because we are just popping in to look under the dome or see the materials it’s made of, etc. For whatever reason, we decided to take this tour and are so glad we did. We were able to go inside both the representative and senate chambers and sat in the Lt. Governor’s chair that is one of two chairs made out of the famous Charter Oak tree. We knew nothing about the Charter Oak tree before the tour. It is a huge part of CT’s history. You get great stories with the tour, and we heard many from our guide, Susan. She was wonderful. The stories about the Genuis that used to grace the top of the dome were special. This is a very nice capitol to visit and tour. Takes about an hour with guided tour.

9. Playhouse on Park

244 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119-2018 +1 860-523-5900
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4.5 based on 54 reviews

Playhouse on Park

Reviewed By Rakdanit - Hartford, Connecticut

I always seem to forget about this teeny local theater. I went to a preview of their next offering The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged). We laughed from beginning to end .This is an intimate theater with seating on three sides.There is not a...MoreHope to see you back again soon...there is so much going on! Thanks for the review!

10. Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106-1621 +1 860-987-5900
Excellent
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

Connecticut's leading venue for the performing arts is known for its community programs and being an important advocate of music, dance and theatrical productions.

Reviewed By Laura B - Hartford, Connecticut

We recently saw Finding Neverland and everyone enjoyed it(2 adults/4 children). We are new season ticket holders and look forward to the entire Broadway season.
Parking was easy-- free and right across the street. The entire staff was so friendly, from the cafe to the theater itself.
We had a light dinner at the cafe-sandwiches and salads, everything was very good. They also have a nice happy hour in the lobby before the show.

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