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The state of Connecticut has many historic sites and places you shouldn’t skip! The rich colonial ties and American heritage the area boasts are reason enough to visit. And, it’s places like Bushnell Park that highlight that history. The park began as the idea of Reverend Horace Bushnell, the park’s namesake, and was commissioned to landscape artist, Jacob Weidenmann. The park came to be in 1861 after seven years of planning and voting. Ever since then, it has been a jewel in the crown of Hartford, CT. Today, there are several ways to enjoy the park. Here are five aspects of the park you’ll want to see!
When you’re planning a visit to the area, a visit to Hartford is a must! Bushnell Park is just the beginning of great ways to enjoy your time here. Download our free Vacation Guide to find the best things to see and do while you’re here! At Stonecroft Country Inn, we’re the experts on things to do in the area. You can trust our expertise because we’re local!
There are more than five great things to do at Bushnell Park, but these are some of the best you’ll definitely want to check out! From a tree walk to a carousel to a performance venue, there are plenty of reasons you’ll love Bushnell Park.
The Tree Walk in Bushnell Park features a collection of trees both rare and native to the area. The park once featured over 150 varieties. But, over the years, due to disease, damage, and negligence, their numbers dwindled. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, a massive replanting initiative that introduced 400 more trees. So, today, you’ll see rare varieties like the Chinese Toon, Hardy Rubber Tree, Turkey Oak, Oriental Oak, and the famous Charter Oak. This last tree is the scion of the original Charter Oak, a tree that influenced Connecticut’s nickname as the Constitution State.
This a carousel from 1914 operates on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and rides are just $1. The ride is the perfect way for kids to engage in classic Hartford history.
The Performance Pavilion is the newest feature of the park, built in 1995. The stage is over 3,000 square feet and serves as a venue for outdoor theatre, music, and dance performances. Local artists, performing groups, and organizations are the most frequent to use the pavilion.
The arch, designed by renowned Hartford architect, George Keller, remembers the 4,000 soldiers from Hartford who served in the Civil War. Built out of locally-sourced brownstone, the arch is one of the most distinguishable features of the park you don’t want to skip. Tours are available on Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. from the first Thursday in May through the end of October.
The Corning Fountain is an interesting stop in the park thanks to the unusual-for-the-period theme. Classical style, typical for the late 1800s, was not used, but, instead, a Native American theme features a stag atop the fountain surrounded by statues of Saukiog Indians, who called the Hartford area home first.
A vacation to Connecticut is bound to be full of historic things to see and do. Here at Stonecroft Country Inn, our 1807 house is the perfect complement to your historic Connecticut vacation. Browse our beautiful and spacious rooms to see for yourself what kind of comfort and quality you will experience here. When you’re ready to book, feel free to contact us! We are eager to host you! And, if you need more ideas for things to do while you’re here, then download our free Vacation Guide today!