Hartford is home to beautiful parks, a choice of unique museums, attractions, performing arts and restaurants. On-premise, The Goodwin offers a unique experience all its own – but step outside, and several Hartford adventures await. Nearby diversions and activities offer something for everyone, from the curious and adventurous to the history- and nature-loving. Enjoy The Goodwin…inside and out.
Enjoy a family day trip in the charming coastal village of Mystic, a scenic one hour drive from the hotel. Visit one of New England’s top travel destinations, Mystic Aquarium, and explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits with thousands of creatures from New England’s only beluga whales to the endangered African penguin, rescued seals to colorful fish and more.
The 16,000+ seat downtown arena is home to the eleventh-time National Champion UConn Women’s Basketball team and the four-time National Champion UConn Men’s Basketball team. The XL Center is also home to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, primary development affiliate of the New York Rangers.
XFINITY Theatre is an outdoor/indoor amphitheater located in Hartford, Connecticut. The capacity of the venue is 24,000. The indoor area holds 6,200 and the outdoor lawn area holds an additional 18,000 during the summer months making it one of the largest amphitheaters in the country.
Elizabeth Park Conservancy
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elizabeth Park offers just over one hundred acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking loops, and the Pond House Café. Come enjoy the beauty of the gardens and grounds. Bring your camera!
Connecticut Historical Society and Museum
The Connecticut Historical Society is the state’s official historical society and one of the oldest in the nation. Its collection houses more than 4 million manuscripts, graphics, books, artifacts, and other historical materials accessible at our campus and on loan at other organizations.
One of the nation’s leading resident theatres, Hartford Stage is known for producing innovative revivals of classics and provocative new plays and musicals, including 73 world and American premieres, as well as offering a distinguished education program, which reaches more than 20,000 students annually.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, founded in 1842 by arts patron Daniel Wadsworth. Since opening its doors to the public in 1844, the Wadsworth Atheneum has paved the way for museums across the country, and has a rich legacy of Firsts.
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
Harriet Beecher Stowe’s presence in the 19th-century Hartford drew others to live in what was then the nation’s preeminent literary community. Since 1968, visitors from all over the world come to Hartford to walk in the footsteps of the woman whose words changed the world.
Mark Twain House
The mission of The Mark Twain House & Museum is to foster an appreciation of the legacy of Mark Twain as one of our nation’s defining cultural figures, and to demonstrate the continuing relevance of his work, life and times. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there.
Hartford Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum is a private, non-profit institution that strives to increase the public’s understanding of science and nature. Founded in 1927 as a one-room natural history museum in The Pond House at Elizabeth Park in Hartford, The Museum is the fifth oldest in the nation.
As a dynamic 21st Century performing arts center, The Bushnell presents, creates, inspires and shares the best in the performing arts; and in partnership with others, serves as a catalyst to advance education, promote economic development and build a sense of community in Central Connecticut.
Connecticut Science Center
With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for children, teens, and adults. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.