Seeing the East Coast is something that everyone needs to do in their lifetime! Visiting Hartford is a fun and educational trip. This is the home of Mark Twain and Daniel Webster (even if they didn't make the freebie list you should make time to see them!). This list of free things to fo in Hartford CT is pretty impressive as well!
14 of the Best Free Things to do in Hartford Ct
On a side note, when we stayed in Connecticut we were also able to hop over to Rhode Island as well and explore there! While in Hartford make sure to head down to New Haven as well!
Check out the Hartford Public Library. This is a great way to experience the city and check out the historical library. Whenever we can’t find a lot of free things to do in a town, we always check out the library!
If seeing a beautiful park-like Bushnell Park is on your agenda, while you’re in Hartford, Connecticut, then check it out. This park is quite popular in the Hartford area!
Take a tour of the Governor’s Residence. If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know we’re into learning, especially when it’s historical.
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Hartford dash Shuttle is a unique opportunity to take a free shuttle in the Hartford area. This is a great way to take a tour of the city too!
Lincoln Financial Sculpture Walk is a way you can see 16 works of art that highlight Lincoln’s life. It’s really cool to see the sculptures and other works of art.
It’s not every day that you get to see the capital of Connecticut. If you schedule it early enough, you may just be able to partake in a State Capitol Tours of Connecticut.
Take the time to visit Cedar Hill Cemetery and not only is this free, but it’s great CT history. In fact, you can see Katharine Hepburn’s grave!
Elizabeth Park is a unique park in Hartford that you can visit and see over 15,000 roses blossom! It’s one of the most historic rose gardens in the USA.
Riverside Park is a place for the whole family from the boat launch to sculptures, rowing docks, and so much more. It’s hard to find a park that can offer everything, but this park does! Enjoy looking at the pieces of art and natural landscape beauty.
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch – This large brick arch was built for the 400 Hartford Citizens that died in the Civil War. 20-40 minute free tours are available Thursdays only, noon to 1:30 p.m., May through October.
Center Church and Ancient Burying Ground – Many of Hartford's founders are buried at the Ancient Burial Ground and you are welcome to tour on your own. Center Church offers limited free tours and is know for it's Tiffany Glass Windows.
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Museum of Connecticut History – With history and artifacts dating back to 1662, this one is worth a stop to learn about the state.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – You can visit for free during “Happy Hour” an hour before they close.
The New Britain Museum of American Art – They offer free admission on Saturdays from 10 am-noon.
Sometimes visiting a beach is one of the best free things you can do! What free things do you know about in Hartford, Connecticut?