As for things to do in Hartford, don’t plan on spending a lot of time in your hotel room. It has the nation’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Athenaeum, which is a fascinating collection from around the world and can definitely eat up a day if you let it. Other firsts that this fantastic city claims is the oldest public park, the oldest continually published newspaper, the second-oldest secondary school in the nation, and for a while it had the nation’s longest-running opera house.
The entire Hartford area ranks second in the entire country when it comes to per capital income – the only place that is higher is San Francisco, California. Between Springfield Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut, the combined GDP of these areas is over 110 billion United States Dollars, which is more than half of the fifty states!
The visitor definitely gets to reap the fruits of the residents’ labors. There are plenty of things to see and do throughout the city, fro the museums to the libraries to the theaters. Some of the nation’s top-ranked restaurants can be found in Hartford, and world class acts from around the world come here to perform. In addition to the museums that Hartford possesses, there are monuments to visit as well – the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch was created after the Civil War and was the first triumphal arch in the United States.
Called the “Jewel of New England, Hartford has the capacity to surprise and delight even the most hardened traveler. Give this little-known tourist destination a chance – you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what you find!