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The Northwest Park is a popular recreational landmark. It features a nature center as well as soccer fields and walking trails. Comprising of 473 acres (191 hectares) of verdant land and forests, this park plays host to summer camps and several programs for education about the nature and environment. The park also holds a fair that takes place once a year.
Riverside Park is one of Hartford's oldest public parks and this waterfront parks attracts young and old for a relaxing stroll along the water to cycling or hiking on one of the many trails. The series of four, 148-acre parks on both sides of the River are popular picnicking and excursion spots for Hartford's residents and the many people who work Downtown during the week. Visitors can use the boathouse for rowing along the Connecticut River or get permits to go fishing. During the summer months, there are numerous events at the riverfront venue at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza.
Located in Simsbury, Talcott Mountain State Park is a great spot to go on picnics with your family and friends. You may engage in a number of activities, walking the trail, hiking, and the beautiful sight of the Heublein Tower. Check out the website or call ahead for tour timings and more information.
Elizabeth Park spans over a vast land cover of 102 acres (41 hectares). Presently, the park includes several garden areas, the century-old Lord and Burnham Greenhouses, verdant pathways and lawns. It also provides facilities for recreational activities like bowling greens, a picnic grove and tennis courts.
Take a walk, sit by the lake, have a picnic or take a ride on the vintage 1914 carousel that is housed in Bushnell Park. Right in the heart of the city is the Park which offers a comfortable place to unwind in the hustle and bustle of downtown Hartford. On the registry of National Historic Landmarks since 1970, Bushnell Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, famous designer of other well-known public spaces, like Central Park in New York City and Boston's Emerald Necklace. There are numerous statues, a pond and a memorial to the fallen of the Spanish-American War. Young and old come here to ride the 36-horse carousel that is one of the city's most affordable afternoon pastimes at just USD1.
Wickham Park is home to sprawling woodlands, picnic spots, ponds and large fields. Various themed gardens found at the park include Lotus Garden, Italian Shrine and English Garden.
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is located in the heart of downtown Hartford. Launched in 1999, it is a popular recreational destination among locals and visitors alike. Explore this park on foot, admire public art installations, take a boat tour on the Connecticut River or engage in some fishing, among myriad activities on offer here. The stage set at the edge of the bank comes with a picturesque backdrop and descending grass seating. It hosts concerts and live performances throughout the year.
Nestled besides the Connecticut River, the Great River Park is a scenic waterfront park. Enjoy a stroll on the paved and lighted river-walks or have a picnic with your family and friends amidst nature. Go fishing or boating and check out their exercise stations. This parkland also features an amphitheater that can accommodate up to 350 spectators and has many sculptures all around the park. It hosts year-round events and programs as well.
Yet another of the Olmstead brothers' creations in Hartford, Pope Park is 90 acres (36 hectares) of public space, ponds and walking or biking paths to appeal to all. Founded by Colonel Albert Pope as a place for his employees to go during their off-hours, the park is particularly friendly to bike riders thanks to Colonel Pope's business: the Pope Manufacturing Company - which made bicycles.
Located in Cromwell, the Champions Skating Center has a gorgeous facility designed for regional hockey teams, figure skating enthusiasts or Olympic hopefuls. Some of the greatest skaters in recent history have made Connecticut their home and this is where they have trained for gold. Skaters like Oksana Baiul and Viktor Petrenko of the Ukraine have trained and taught here. Come during open hours to glide upon the ice or watch the Zamboni machine do its magic.
Located on the outskirts of downtown Springfield, Franconia Golf Course provides an excellent facility that is open to the general public. Originally opening in 1929, the course was extensively renovated in 2001 to bring it up to modern standards. Special rates for juniors, seniors, and twilight rounds are available. Reservations are taken for the weekend, but playing during the week is on a first-come first-served basis. No matter your skill level, you will find a round here to be a challenging and fun one.
Storrowton Village is a living history museum located on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds. The antique buildings around the mini-town within the fairgrounds recreate a New England town during the 19th Century. The Village is primarily open during the summer months and gets the most visitors of the year during The Big E fair. Take a tour, and have a costumed volunteer docent answer your questions about Storrowton Village, or enjoy a meal at the Storrowton Tavern.