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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.


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

Dunkaroo: Vanilla Dipped Cake Donut, Rolled in Graham Crackers, Topped with Buttercream, Rainbow Nonpareils, and Teddy Grahams

The Golden Hostess: Yeast Shell Filled with Fluff and Topped with Chocolate Dip and Hostess Swirl

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: Glazed Raised Ring Topped with Blue Frosting, Dipped in Chips Ahoy Cookies, and Drizzled with More Blue Frosting

Blueberry Cornflake: Blueberry Cake Donut Dipped in Blueberry Glaze Topped with Buttercream and Sprinkled with Corn Flakes

Moose Munch: Raised Yeast Ring Donut Dipped in Chocolate Frosting and Topped with Candy Mix then Drizzled with Caramel and Chocolate


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


Tues Closed

All Other Days 7 am - 1 pm

Order Online: No


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): $27.99

Senior (65+): $25.99

Youth (3-17): $19.99

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

250 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06103

Hours (1.7.24):

Mon & Tues: Closed

Other Days 10 am - 4 pm

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: $20.00

Seniors: $15.00

Students: $10.00

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


Thurs - Sun: Noon - 5 pm

Dunkin' Donuts Park

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


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

Most Games Start

Tues to Fri 7:10 pm

Saturday 6:10 pm

Sunday 1:10 pm

2023 Season: April 6th - Sept 17th

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: $26

Seniors: $24

Children (6-16) $14

No Photography Inside the Historic House

The Exterior of the Mark Twain House Located in Hartford Connecticut

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, CT 06105

Hours (1.7.23):

Closed Tuesday

Sunday to Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Feb. Highlight: Graveyard Shift Ghost Tour of the Mark Twain House ~ Feb 24th, 6 pm ~ Reserve Online


A Burger from Max Burger Located in West Hartford in Connecticut

Max Burger

124 LaSalle Rd, West Hartford, CT 06107


Sun to Thurs 11:30 am - 9 pm

Friday & Sat 11:30 am - 10 pm

Order Online: Yes

Sample Menu of What I Would Order

Pulled Pork Spring Rolls (side): with Sriracha Ranch $12.00

Texican Burger: Applewood Smoked Bacon, BBQ Sauce, Onion Straws, Chipotle-Jalapeno Aioli, Lettuce, & Artisan Roll $18.00

Maple Whiskey Burger: Arugula, Caramelized Onions, Great Hill Farms Blue Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Maple-Whiskey Sauce, & Artisan Roll $17.50

Spicy Mother Clucker: Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Spicy Slaw, Dill Pickles, Sriracha Ranch Dressing $15.00

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

Cookie Monster Specialty Sundae: Swirl Ice Cream, Caramel Sauce, Chocolate Sauce, Oreo Crumbles, Shortbread Crumbles, Cookie Dough, Cookie Pieces, Whipped Cream, Cherry $9.00

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 

Huge Pizza Slice (cheese): 

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

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

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

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


Closed Sunday

Closed Monday

Tues to Thurs 11 am - 8:30 pm

Fri & Sat 11 am - 9:30 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.

  • Maple Walnut Hill: Maple Flavor Ice Cream with Maple Syrup Swirl and Chopped Walnuts

  • 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 (1.7.23):

Monday 12:30 pm - 8 pm

Tues to Sat 12:30 pm - 10 pm

Sunday 11 am - 8 pm

Order Online: Yes

Feb. Highlight: Ice Cream for Breakfast Day ~ Feb 3rd, 9 am ~ New Treats Available

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)

King Room in Jan 23' - $289

King Room in March 23' - $263

King Room in March 24' - $269

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)

Queen Room in Jan 23' - $399

Queen Room in March 23' - $360

Queen Room in March 24' - $263

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


Honey Shot: New England Double IPA | 8.2% ABV

phresh: New England IPA | 6.5% ABV

CTRL+ALT+Del: German Altbier | 5.5% ABV

Sucker Punch'd: Fruited Sour Ale with Strawberry & Lemon | 4.8% ABV

Sleigher: BBA Imperial White Chocolate Peppermint Stout | 10.0% ABV

Crunchy Roll: Japanese Rice Lager | 4.1% ABV


Mon & Tues Closed

Weds & Thurs 3 pm - 10 pm

Friday 3 pm - 11 pm

Saturday Noon - 11 pm

Sunday Noon - 7 pm

Jan. Highlight: Try the Hurricane, Cocktail-Inspired Sour Ale (7%) with Notes of Passion Fruit, Orange, Cherry, Lemon, and Molasses

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


Gelato Girl Orange Cream: IPA | 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 (1.7.24):

Mon & Tues Closed

Weds & Thurs 3 pm - 9 pm

Friday 3 pm - 10 pm

Saturday Noon - 9 pm

Sunday Noon - 6 pm

Jan. Highlight: Added a New Kitchen to the Brewery with a New Food Menu

Food Menu: Yes

 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

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