As a dumpster rental company, we often speak with people moving to a new area and looking to rent a dumpster to clean out their home. We understand that moving to a new city can be a scary, yet exciting time of your life. Hartford is full of fun and exciting places to eat, drink, hang out, and just be with friends and family. If you have recently moved or plan to move to Hartford, CT, here are a few great things all locals must do at least once.
Mark Twain House
The Mark Twain House in Hartford is one of the most popular spots for tourists and Hartfordians alike. Samuel L. Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, wrote the famous books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Clemens moved to Hartford shortly after marrying his wife Olivia (Livy) and having their first child Langdon.
The Clemens first rented a house in the Nook Farm neighborhood before purchasing land on Farmington Avenue to build their dream home. With help from New York Architect, Edward Tuckerman Potter, Livy and Sam designed their home in Hartford. When the home was finished, Sam is quoted as saying, “It is a home – & the word never had so much meaning before.”
The Mark Twain House and Museum is open daily 9:30am to 5:30 pm, with the last tour leaving at 4:30pm. Tickets to tour the house and visit the museum run anywhere from $11 to $19 depending on age, but if you are only interested in visiting the museum the tick price is just $6. Parking is free and children under the age of 6 also get in for free.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Harriet Beecher Stowe was the author of the historically revered novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Harriet Beecher Stowe moved to Hartford, CT after her husband retired and they built their dream house in the Nook Farm neighborhood. They decided to sell their dream home in 1870 after living there for about 4 years due to the high cost of maintenance and the increasing number of factories popping up nearby.
In 1873, Stowe moved to a house on Forest Street in Hartford where she remained for 23 years. While she lived in Hartford, she went on two different speaking tours, one across the east coast and another through the western half of the country. During her stay in Hartford, she helped bring new energy to the art museum at the Wadsworth Atheneum and she also helped to establish the Hartford Art School.
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 9:30am to 5pm and Sundays from noon until 5pm. Admission to the center runs anywhere from $7 to $10 depending on age and it is free for children 5 years of age and younger.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth. Wadsworth was one of the first major American patrons of art. The museum opened in 1844 and today it holds about 50,000 works of art that span over a range of 5,000 years. The museum is currently undergoing a major face-lift which is slated to be finished this year which will be the first time in 50 years that all galleries will be open to the public at the same time.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is open Wednesday through Friday from 11am until 5 pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am until 5pm. General admission to the museum ranges from $5 to $10 and on the first Thursday of each month, it only costs $5 and is free for students with an ID. For more information about group tickets and free admission options, visit their website at http://thewadsworth.org/.
Comstock Covered Bridge
There are three remaining covered bridges in Connecticut and one of them, Comstock’s Bridge, is within driving distance of Hartford, Connecticut. The bridge was built in 1791 and named after General Comstock, a Civil War era Union General. The bridge connects East Hampton to Colchester and spans across the Salmon River. While the bridge is not open to vehicles, it is open to pedestrian foot traffic.
The Comstock Bridge is a great scenic place to take a walk to during the afternoon, with lots of photo opportunities. There is an area nearby the bridge for Trout fishing with plenty of space for hiking and spending time with family. If you are in Hartford and want to take a small trip out of the city and into a more rural area, I recommend checking out the Comstock Covered Bridge in East Hampton.
Connecticut State Capitol Building
Hartford is also home to the Connecticut State Capitol Building. This national historic landmark is somewhere every Hartfordian should visit at least once in their lifetime. Here is where you will learn about important and historic items in Connecticut’s history such as statues of Connecticut state hero Nathan Hale, Civil War Governor William Buckingham, and “The Genius of Connecticut” sculpture.
You can visit the Connecticut State Capitol Building year-round Mondays through Fridays from 9:15am until 1:15pm with another tour at 2:15pm in the months of July and August. Tours leave every hour and will showcase the beauty and importance of Connecticut. If you cannot make a trip out to see the capitol building, you can also stream video tours online.
Whether you are a seasoned Hartfordian or you have just moved to the area, you should definitely check out the above places. If you’re new to the Hartford area, you’re going to love it! Be sure to check out these great places to hang out with your family, friends, or even by yourself. Do you have a favorite spot in Hartford that didn’t make our list? Leave us a comment in the section below!