Last Updated:

11/13/22

Hartford, CT

The Skyline of Hartford with Dunkin Donuts Park in the Center

Below is a list of the best places I would visit on a trip to this location. My picks fit my personality and interest. Everyone has a different interest so you may not like everything I listed which is fine.  If you like a place, I recommend saving it to Google Maps for a future trip down the road. I made sure to include the address or GPS to make it easier to find.  You can find out more about me in the "About Me" section to see if we share common interests.

Breakfast

The Peanut Butter Explosion from Donut Crazy, the Place to Go for Doughnuts in the Hartford Area

Donut Crazy

993 Farmington Ave, West Hartford, CT 06107

Sample of the Donut Flavors

Apple Crisp Glazed Cake: Apple Crisp Cake Donut, Dipped in Glaze


Chocolate Lemon: Yeast Shell Filled with Lemon and Topped with Chocolate Dip


Cereal: Raised Yeast Ring Dipped in Vanilla Frosting and Topped with Fruity Pebbles


Birthday Cake: Vanilla Cake Glazed, Topped with Buttercream and Rainbow Sprinkles


Powdered Jelly: Raised Yeast Shell Filled with Black Raspberry Jelly, Drenched in Powdered Sugar


French Toast: Raised Yeast Donut, Glazed, Sprinkled with Cinnamon and Powdered Sugar, and Drizzled with Vanilla and Maple Icing


Kookie Monster (November): Glazed Raised Ring Topped with Blue Frosting, Dipped in Chips Ahoy Cookies, and Drizzled with More Blue Frosting


Mexican Hot Chocolate (November): Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut Topped with Cinnamon Chocolate and Whipped Topping Sprinkled with Chocolate Curls Dusted with Cinnamon.


Pumpkin Cream Cheese Cake (November): Raised Yeast Shell Filled with Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling Covered with Vanilla Dip Rolled in Graham Cracker Crumbs, Topped with Pumpkin Spice Buttercream and Dollops of "Mini" Pumpkins.

Hours:

Mon Closed

Sunday: 7 am - 7 pm

Tues to Thurs 7 am - 7 pm

Fri & Sat 7 am - 8 pm

Order Online: No

The Chunky Monkey French Toast from Cosmic Omelet Located in Manchester Connecticut

Cosmic Omelet

485 Hartford Rd, Manchester, CT 06040

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

The Three Pig Omelet: Ham, Bacon, Sausage, and American Cheese  $13.49


The Rodeo Omelet: Ground Beef, BBQ Sauce, Bacon, and Cheddar Cheese Topped with Crispy Onions $12.99


Big Breakfast #2: Three Pancakes, Two Eggs, and a Choice of Bacon, Sausage, or Ham $11.09


Reese's Cup Pancakes: with Choice of Bacon, Ham, or Sausage $10.49


Stoner Cereal: House-Made Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Rice Crispy Treat Cereal $5.49

Hours:

Tues Closed

All Other Days 7 am - 1 pm

Order Online: No

Activities

Connecticut Science Center

The Key Exhibits Not to Miss at Museum


Science Alley: See Undersea ROV, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and Hubble Space Telescope


Engineering Lab: Design a Helicopter, Learn About Pulleys, and Build a Structure that can Withstand an Earthquake


Forces in Motion: Use the Power of Wind, Build a Rollercoaster, and Design a Car with Square Wheels


Invention Dimension: Great Inventions from Connecticut, Build with LEGOs, and Rube Goldberg Machine


Sports Lab: Speed Pitch Challenge, Bike Race, and Alpine Downhill Adventure


Energy City: Calculate Your Carbon Footprint, Learn About Lightbulbs, and Build a Grid for the City



Admission Rates:


Adult (18-64): $25.95

Senior (65+): $23.95

Youth (3-17): $17.95

The Mummies of the World Exhibit at the Connecticut Science Center Located in Hartford CT

250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103

December Hours:

Mon & Tues: Closed

Other Days 10 am - 4 pm


Opening Nov 25: Forest of Illusions - Encounter Mind-Bending Optical Illusions

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Key Exhibits Not to Miss at Museum


Morgan Great Hall: Feature Ninety Five European and American Works from the 16th–19th Centuries


Fired Up - Glass Today (Ends Feb 5th, 2023): Discover Over 50 Glassmakers and Watch Live Glassblowing Demonstrations


Cabinet of Art & Curiosity


American Art


European Art: A Strong Italian Baroque Painting Collection




Admission Rates:


Adults: $15.00

Seniors: $12.00

Students: $5.00


Docent Guided Tours


Highlights Tours: Thursdays–Sundays, 2 pm


Fired Up: Glass Today Tour: Thursdays–Sundays, 3:30 pm


Art, Innovation, and Tradition Tour: Saturdays & Sundays, 12:30 pm

Art from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Located in Hartford Connecticut

600 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103

Hours:

Thurs - Sun: Noon - 5 pm

Happy Hour: FREE Admission 4-5 pm Thursday to Sunday

Dunkin' Donuts Park

Watch Yard Goats Game during the summer, a Double-A affiliate team of the Colorado Rockies. 


SINGLE-GAME (Advance) TICKET PRICES 


High Top Swivel: $23

Hartford Terrace: $23

Field Box: $18

Outfield Premium Swivel: $17

Right Field Porch: $15

Saint Francis Hospital Left Field Grandstand: $11

The Dunkin Donuts Park, the Home of the Hartford Yard Goats

1214 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103

2023 Season: April 6th - Sept 17th

Most Games Start

Tues to Fri 7:10 pm

Saturday 6:10 pm

Sunday 1:10 pm

The Mark Twain House & Museum

Taken from Their Website "Admission to the Mark Twain House is by guided tour only. Our expert guides will show you the beautiful Stick Style home, which National Geographic named as “one of the 10 best historic homes in the world.” You’ll learn about life in the Clemens household between 1874 and 1891. Sam and Olivia Clemens built this unique 3-story, 25-room mansion to be near Sam’s publisher."


Ticket Prices (recommend purchase in advance)


Adults: $24

Seniors: $22

Children (6-16) $14

The Exterior of the Mark Twain House Located in Hartford Connecticut

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

No Photography Inside the Historic House

Hours:

Mon to Thurs: 10 am - 4:30 pm

Fri to Sun: 9:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Food

A Burger from Max Burger Located in West Hartford in Connecticut

Max Burger

124 LaSalle Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Pulled Pork Spring Rolls (side): with Sriracha Ranch $11.25


Texican Burger: Applewood Smoked Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Onion Straws, Chipotle-Jalapeno Aioli, Lettuce, & Artisan Roll $16.95


Maple Whiskey Burger: Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Great Hill Farms Blue Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Maple-Whiskey Sauce, & Artisan Roll $16.95


Spicy Mother Clucker: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Spicy Slaw, Dill Pickles, Sriracha Ranch Dressing $14.95


Fried Chicken Tacos: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Shredded Lettuce, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Sriracha-Ranch Aioli $15.00


Broken Brookie Specialty Sundae: Swirl Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Caramel, Brownie Pieces, Cookie Pieces, Whipped Cream, Chocolate Sprinkles, Cherry $8.00

Hours:

Sun to Thurs 11:30 am - 9 pm

Friday & Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm


Order Online: Yes

Pizza from Angelina's Pizza Located in Hartford Connecticut

Angelina's Pizza

41 Prospect Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Meatball Plate (side): with Cheese $11.00


Huge Pizza Slice (cheese): $3.75 add topping .75 each


Pizza Bianco (Super Large): Mix of Mozzarella, Ricotta, and Parmesan Cheeses Drizzled with Olive Oil & Spices $30.99


Clams Casino Pizza (Super Large): Baby Clams, Bacon, Chopped Tomatoes, Garlic, Basil, Olive Oil, and Spices $32.99


Chicken Pesto Pizza (Super Large): Grilled Chicken and Garlic Tossed in Pesto Sauce Topped with Mozzarella $32.99


Bacon Cheeseburger Pizza (Super Large): Sauce, Hamburger, Bacon, Chopped Tomatoes, and Onions Topped with Mozzarella and Cheddar Cheeses $32.99

Hours:

Closed Mondays

Tues to Thurs 11 am - 8:30 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 9:30 pm

Sunday 3 pm - 8 pm

Order Online: Yes

The Cookie Monster Ice Cream Flavor from Frisbie's Dairy Barn Located in the Hartford Area

Frisbie's Dairy Barn

1400 Park St, Hartford, CT 06106

Sample of the Ice Cream Flavors

  • Blue Devil Cookie Monster: Blue vanilla ice cream with Oreos and chocolate chip cookies.


  • Plainville Peanut Butter: Can’t decide between creamy or chunky peanut butter get this ice cream. It’s the best of both worlds and it’s irresistible.


  • Raspberry Cheesecake: Creamy cheesecake ice cream with a raspberry swirl and cheesecake chunks


  • Little Poland Lod Smietankowvy: Polish-style vanilla ice cream, made with extra egg yolks that give it a beautiful golden color and creamier texture than our basic vanilla.


  • Caramel Apple Crumb: Caramel-flavored ice cream with apple streusel and pie filling.


  • Rodger's Apple Cider Donut: Cake batter-based ice cream flavored with locally sourced apple cider, and chunks of chopped apple cider donuts within it.


  • Holiday Spice Cake: Ice cream made with dark rum, bourbon, and all the spices and flavors of the best holiday breads. Includes house-made marzipan and candied lemons and oranges, raisins, and nuts.

Hours:

Monday 11 am - 8 pm

Tues to Sat 11 am - 10 pm

Sunday 11 am - 8 pm

Order Online: Yes

Places to Stay

FYI: The hotel prices are estimated and will most likely fluctuate since I looked them up on their website.  I will keep them updated the best I can every three months.  I look for the cheapest available room, usually a queen bed. I typically look at book rates two months in advance and in the middle of the month to get average rates. Reminder: It is an ESTIMATE

Hartford Marriott Downtown

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Connecticut Convention Center, Connecticut Science Center, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


  • From their Website: "Located in the Front Street District of Hartford Overlooking the Connecticut River and Interconnected with the Connecticut Convention Center"


  • Food/Drinks Options: Vivo (Italian & Mediterranean Food) and L BAR (Contemporary Stylish Bar)


  •  Who is this for: People Attending Conventions, Downtown Walkers, Museum Enthusiast, & People Who Like to Keep Traveling Simple

The Exterior View of the Marriott Hartford Downtown Hotel

200 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


One King Room in Jan 2023 - $289

Goodwin Hotel

  • Located within Walking Distance of the Connecticut State Capitol, Bushnell Park, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art


  • From their Website: "Take Particular Note of the Classic Stone Fireplaces, Warm Mahogany Woods and Other Architectural Details that Harken Back to an Era of Service and Sophistication"


  • Food/Drinks Options: Terreno (Pizza, Pasta, & Steaks) 


  •  Who is this for: People Who Love Old School Classy Hotels, City Nature Lovers, Padded Wallets & Minor League Baseball Fans

The Room at the Goodwin Hotel Located in Hartford Connecticut

1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT 06103

Estimated Cost for Weekend Night (without tax/fee)


Deluxe Queen Room in Jan 2023 - $399

21 and up fun

The Galactic Glued Brew from Alvarium Beer Company in New Britain, Perfect Place to Enjoy a Pint in the Hartford Area

Alvarium Beer Company

365 John Downey Dr Suite B, New Britain, CT 06051

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Honey Shot: New England Double IPA | 8.2% ABV


phresh: New England IPA | 6.5% ABV


Kraftwerk: CT Grown Hefeweizen | 4.8% ABV


Ecto Cooler: Fruited Sour | 4.1% ABV


Squad Ghouls: BBA Imperial Maple Pumpkin Pecan Pie Stout | 10.0% ABV


Crunchy Roll: Japanese Rice Lager | 4.1% ABV

Hours:

Mon & Tues Closed

Weds & Thurs 3 pm - 10 pm

Friday 3 pm - 11 pm

Saturday Noon - 11 pm

Sunday Noon - 7 pm

Food Menu: Food Trucks

Ruff Day IPA from Back East Brewing Company Located in Bloomfield Connecticut

Back East Brewing Company

1296 Blue Hills Ave, Bloomfield, CT 06002

SAMPLE OF BEER MENU

Ice Cream Man: IPA - New England/Hazy | 6.4% ABV


Double Scoop: IPA - Imperial/Double | 8.4% ABV


Misty Mountain: IPA - American | 6.8% ABV


Blackberry Berliner Weisse: Wheat Beer with Blackberry Puree | 3.5% ABV


Crazy on Blue: Fruited Sour IPA - Blueberry & Peach | 6.1% ABV


Peanut Butter Shot: Chocolate Peanut Butter Milk Stout | 5.4% ABV

Hours:

Mon & Tues Closed

Weds & Thurs 3 pm - 9 pm

Friday 3 pm - 10 pm

Saturday Noon - 9 pm

Sunday Noon - 6 pm

Food Menu: Food Trucks

 Again these are just few of my picks that fit my personality and interest. If you feel that I left one-off that may interest me or other people, message me on Facebook about the location.  I value a person's opinion and never just discard the information.  Always looking forward to learning about new places to add to my Google Map. ~ Shawn