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Hartford, Connecticut USA
Saturday, October 12, 2013

Hartford Attractions

Mark Twain house
Once owned by the famous American author, Mark Twain, and his family between 1874 and 1891, the Mark Twain House is well worth a visit. This great house contains 19 rooms, a theater, visitor center and gift shop as well as 50,000 artifacts that include the likes of historic photos, antique furnishings, documents and manuscripts. Visitors can see many original furnishings like Tiffany glass, a billiard table, a beautiful mantel derived from a castle in Scotland and even Mark Twain's own bed, which is of an elegant Venetian style.

Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
This wonderful Art Deco theater is a popular destination in Hartford for traveling Broadway shows. Some of the live performances that have played here include The Lion King, Wicked and Mamma Mia. Not only can visitors watch fabulous shows here, but they can arrange for a backstage tour as well. A guided tour of the theater allows visitors to see the projection room, electrician's room, the green room as well as the autographs of many famous entertainers. The tour also offers visitors the chance to walk on the stage and see the "Ode to Joy", a gorgeous glass sculpture designed by the artist Dale Chihuly.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
The Harriet Beecher Stowe Center presents a program center and a museum while also showcasing the former home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, the famous author of the novel, "Uncle Tom's Cabin." At the center, visitors can observe letters and document from the Stowe family as well as engage in programs to learn about social justice from past to present times. Additionally, visitors can tour the cottage house that belonged to Harriet Beecher Stowe where they can see many beautiful, antique furnishings.

Bushnell Park
As America's oldest park funded by the public, Bushnell Park is a popular place for both locals and tourists. Covering nearly 37 acres, the park features more than 150 tree species, a 1914 carousel, performance pavilion and numerous sculptures and monuments. Some of the notable monuments include memorials to soldiers who fought in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Of significant interest is the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, a stunning Gothic style arch constructed of brownstone and adorned with medieval turrets. Visitors to the park can enjoy walking, jogging and picnicking. Children can enjoy the playground. Additionally, the park is often the venue for special events.

Connecticut Science Center
Situated in a nine-story building on the Connecticut River, the Connecticut Science Museum features numerous interactive exhibits, programs and live demonstrations to educate the public about science in a fun environment. Visitors will enjoy the many hands-on activities like the magnetic ball wall and exhibits where they can hear light and feel sound. Visitors can also learn how to promote good health as well as art and music. The center also features an exhibit about the Connecticut River where visitors can learn about the history of the river as well as the plant and animal life that inhabit it. Additionally, the center offers a water play area for kids and many other fun activities.