In comparison with many other state capitals, Hartford of Connecticut is a rather small yet dense city. Looking for fun places to take your pet can quickly become a hassle, so we did the research for you. After all, preparation is the key to a successful and carefree getaway.
Bushnell Park is Hartford’s most central and diverse park. Spanning 37 acres, it allows for ample walking to different works of art, a pond, and play areas. There also is an arboretum with no less than 700 trees as well as an outdoor performance stage. The impressive State Capitol right outside the park makes for a great backdrop as well.
Mortensen Riverfront Plaza can get a bit crowded when special events such as the annual Dragon Boat Festival are hosted. These, however, are certainly worth a visit and on less busy days, the park is still a fun place to go for a walk. You can include the Founders Bridge, connecting Hartford to East Hartford, in your stroll.
Next, there is plenty to see and do at Riverside Park as well. At the park, you can go fishing, walk the trails, watch a volleyball, football, or cricket game, and even go for a row before you have a picnic at one of the many tables. Alternatively, you can use the charcoal grills to prepare your dinner yourself.
If you feel like getting out of the city for a bit, rent a car and drive to the Talcott Mountain State Park, where you can get a 360° view of the area from the Heublein Tower, which you can also visit. There are two different hikes up, one a bit shorter and easier than the other. The start of the hike is the hilliest part, but it gets much easier after that.