This place is okay for one to two days, but not much more. I’ve lived ten minutes outside of Hartford my whole life, so I should know. : ( If you have one to two days (and a car) here are some great things in the area:
over 2 years ago
Old State House
Connecticut State Capitol Building
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Tisane (for dinner or just a coffee break)
Real Art Ways (for cool/strange movies)
Cinestudio (for cool/strange/old movies)
Mozzicato’s bakery (for the best Italian pasteries in town)
Carbones Restaurant (best Italian food in Connecticut)
The Russell (for coffee/drinks)
See a Wolfpack game
Head over to Cosmos or Tangiers for great Indian/Middle Eastern food. Neither of these places are sit down but they are cool little food marts.
Yeah, there are some interesting places in Hartford to visit, but the people are not friendly, the place is dirty, the streets confusing, and some areas are dangerous to go through. The state likes to point out the sports venues without realizing that only people in CT would ever be interested in those. I have been to Hartford several times while living here and I plan to visit more museums and restaurants. However, if you want to see all the problems the state has encapsulated and amplified in one place, then Hartford is a good place for that.
over 3 years ago
I went to a business meeting for 2 days in June 2005 in Hartford, Connecticut, on the east coast of the USA about halfway between NYC and Boston. Hartford is known as “insurance city”, as over 40 insurance companies are based there. I hadn’t been to the east coast since I was a teenager, so I was pretty excited about going back. Let me tell you though, if you ever plan a trip to the east coast of the USA, avoid Hartford like the plague!! Stay in New York or Boston, but don’t go to Hartford! For being such a prominent city for the business of insurance and the capital of the state of Connecticut, I was shocked to see how run-down the city was, and I didn’t feel that safe walking around there in the evening. The capital building was nice, but it’s hard to find anything else redeeming about the city. It is very poor, and there seems to be a gang problem, and there are police everywhere. There are no good restaurants and all the shops seem to close by 7PM. The summer weather is even very hot and unpleasantly humid. I feel fortunate that most of my time in the city was spent in the safe, air-conditioned conference room of a hotel. Lots of people work in Hartford but most of them live outside of the city (and I don’t blame them at all!) and commute there to work from the suburbs. The nice, talkative taxi driver who took me back to the airport (I remember her particularly because she said she couldn’t believe I was 27 and that I looked like a teenager and too young to be going to Hartford for business… this was the highlight of my trip) said she felt bad that Hartford is the only encounter many people have with Connecticut since Connecticut, she said, is actually a beautiful state… I don’t doubt what she said because from the parts outside of Hartford that I did see, I get the impression it is a very nice place with green everywhere, and I hope that in the future I will have to opportunity to explore the rest of the state…
over 4 years ago
I ended up going out here from Michigan with a couple of hippie girls I barely knew to see a band I didn’t care about (Phil Lesh). Didn’t have anything better to do that week. Ended up staying a lot longer than I would have liked. Not the most exciting place to visit. I would not recommend a visit.
over 5 years ago
I am from the Hartford area originally and although they are trying to revitalize it, it really is still a dump. Sorry to say but there is no culture or nightlife, and the violence there has gotten out of control. I wouldn’t recommend visiting unless you had relatives there or something.
over 6 years ago
“I'd appreciate any info on cheap but clean and safe motels or hotels near downtown Hartford. Thanks!”
over 7 years ago