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Best things to do in Hartford

History Museum
“Visiting the Connecticut Historical Society museum, library, and the Edgar F. Waterman Research Center is a great way to learn more about Connecticut and its history, people, and culture. The Society, established in 1825, is located in a lovely 1928 Colonial Revival building that was formerly a luxury home. It now contains over 4 million diverse items in the areas of textiles, furniture, clothing, manuscripts, diaries, prints, photos, tavern signs, children’s books, and various tools. There are several permanent exhibitions on display, and the most important one is a comprehensive overview of more than 400 years of the history of Connecticut. The exhibition displays over 500 historic images”
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“Excellent food with a corresponding bakery across the street. A reputable establishment with a range of food and excellent pizza! ”
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Point of Interest
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“Chic, trendy wine bar with a menu of Italian small plates in a cozy space. Good service and the food is delicious. Small but trendy and cozy place for a glass of wine, beer and some small bites to eat. They have a huge wine selection”
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“the food is delicious and if you tell the manager, Jimmy Cosgrove, you are staying at Kay and Suranto's house, you will get a 20% discount. Best time to go is after 1 for lunch and before 6 for dinner. It can get very crowded.”
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Plaza
“Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is a popular park in downtown Hartford and a centerpiece of the Riverfront park system. A large stage near the river hosts a range of performances, and grass-covered terraces offer seating for more than 2,500 people. The plaza stairs are a great space for vigorous exercise or for relaxing and watching the boats on the river. They also serve as front-row seats during the annual dragon boat festival. From the Plaza, you can take one of the many walking trails along the river, get on a boat tour of the city, or walk across the Founders Bridge to East Hartford. ”
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“Dish Bar & Grill is located in the heart of downtown Hartford in the former Sage-Allen Department Store. Serving upscale interpretations of classic comfort foods and a large bar featuring innovative cocktails, there is truly something for everyone”
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Speakeasy
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“suuuuper cute little bar by the capital building with excellent cocktails and great bar bites. Monday nights they have a guest DJ spin vinyl records.”
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“On20 is an elegant, upscale restaurant that provides you with a spectacular view of the river below the 20th floor of One State Street. Perfect for serious business lunches or romantic candle-lit dinners, the restaurant features subtle décor that enhaces the spectacular food their young French-trained Executive Chef Jeffery Lizotte creates using locally sourced ingredients he gets daily from his network of farmers and food producers. The menu is innovative and colorful and at times brave – his chowder comes with creamy fennel, panchetta crumble, orange, and dill oil. In Connecticut, it takes youth to shake the traditions to this extent. Lunch Prix Fixe is an affordable option for business. ”
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Stadium
“New to Hartford, this is a beautiful park and every seat is a good view. The food is decent with a guest vendor many nights. Bear's BBQ is a local favorite available in the park.”
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Park
“Bustling Connecticut River park with a boathouse, picnic hubs, trails, sport courts & playgrounds. Nice quiet park located next to the water. It has a playground for the kids. Great place for jogging, walking, or running. The park has a few staff members that ride around making sure all is well. Nice views down the river. The place is well-kept. Has volley =ball, and much open space. If you have a fishing pole you could try that as well.”
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