The city of Hartford revolves around Bushnell Park. At least it seems that way from the carousel located in the middle of the park. On one end of the park America's first public park -- is the state capital, on the other is one of the city's best restaurants and connecting both sides is the city's greatest symbol.
The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, dedicated in 1886, stands 116 feet over Trinity Street which divides Bushnell Park. The park itself was completed in 1861.
Greater Hartford Marathon annually. From smaller concerts to charity walks and political protests there is almost always something going on at the park spring through fall.
Despite all that is going on visitors also can always relax. The Corning Fountain on the west side of the park and pond on the east side provide a water oasis in the middle of the city. Those hungry for a bite can stop at the Pumphouse Gallery to experience one of the city's most unique and best casual dinning restaurants.
No trip is complete though without a ride on the carousel. For 50 cents visitors get a 3 ½ minute blur on the ride which dates back to 1914. Even the stodgiest New Englander smiles when riding one of the 48 horses galloping to the sound of the booming Wurlitzer band organ.
I-84 Exit 48 onto Asylum Street to Trinity Street
Handicap Assessable: Yes
Pets: Pets on a leash are permitted
Bushnell Park Foundation
30 Arbor St.
Hartford, CT 06106