Bushnell Park, Hartford

Bushnell Park, Hartford (must see)

Bushnell Park is a hub of activity for visitors to Hartford. It is also the oldest publicly funded park in the country. Tourists could easily spend a full day at this centrally located, historic park area. Plan to visit some of the sites, go to a special event or simply stroll around the park for a carefree, relaxing day.

Attractions at Bushnell Park are varied and include the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch and the State Capitol. Visitors can walk around the park and enjoy a number of statues as well as the 30-foot tall Corning Fountain.

A popular activity in Bushnell Park is the Tree Walk. Over 150 different types of trees, both native and rare, can be seen throughout the park. Free brochures are available to guide guests as they explore.

The Spanish-American War Memorial was dedicated in 1927. The statue, also known as the Spirit of Victory, honors residents of Hartford who fought in the war.

The Performance Pavilion at Bushnell Park has a 3,200 square foot stage where concerts, plays and dance performances are regularly held. Visitors may be able to enjoy a jazz performance, take a yoga class or experience one of the area's many festivals.

Children will enjoy the Bushnell Park Carousel and accompanying playground. The historic carousel was built in 1914. The wooden horses have been painstakingly restored to retain their original grandeur. The playground was created to mimic the surrounding area in style, including a climbing structure inspired by the Connecticut State Capitol.

Why You Should Visit:
Bushnell Park is located near much of the activity in Hartford, making it an easy spot to explore while in the city for business or pleasure. The large number of free activities ensure that visitors will not over-spend while enjoying a day appreciating nature, history and art.

Bring a jacket! The vast majority of activities are outdoors, which can get chilly even during summer.

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Sight Name: Bushnell Park
Sight Location: Hartford, USA (See walking tours in Hartford)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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