Hartford Outdoor Activities

Hartford Outdoor ActivitiesIt really doesn't matter if your are a die-hard nature lover who can't get enough of being outdoors or are just a white-collar office dweller who needs to get out and breathe some fresh air every so often. What does matter is that if you're in Hartford, there are plenty of places where nature is on full display in all of its expansive glory. From the area's inviting parks, walking trails and gardens, you will find the perfect spot to breathe in Hartford's natural beauty that will surely turn you into a bona fide nature lover in no time at all!

Bushnell Park
Located in the heart of the city, Bushnell Park is essentially a celebration of nature in the middle of the buzzing metro area. Kids will enjoy the expansive outdoor play areas and playgrounds as well as the pavilions and picnic areas that are perfectly suited for parties and family gatherings. And speaking of families, the kids will absolutely love a visit to the Bushnell Park Carousel that is part of the park's layout. This vintage carousel features hand-painted wooden horses that will delight kids of all ages!

Address: 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106 - MAP
Phone: (860) 232-6710
Web: www.bushnellpark.org

Goodwin Park
Take the kids out to Goodwin Park to let them play in the boundless playground, and chances are, they aren't the only ones who will be getting all the exercise. Play ball with the kiddos, throw a Frisbee around or just enjoy a long walk on one of the many foot paths that surround this gorgeously landscaped park. Goodwin Park has upheld its longstanding tradition of enhancing the community, and just one visit to this popular park will easily demonstrate how everyone seems to feel better and much more relaxed when outdoors enjoying the park's many natural amenities.

Address: 1130 Maple Ave, Hartford, CT 06114 - MAP
Phone: (860) 655-3102
Web: www.friendsofgoodwinpark.org

Riverside Park
Hartford's Riverside Park is a popular outdoor spot that offers a little something for everyone. There's a boat launch, docking, volleyball, picnicking, and playgrounds. If you are feeling a little more adventurous, there’s also mountain bike and nature trails as well as fishing and athletic fields that always feature something fun and interesting to do and see. This park is also the home of the Greater Hartford Jaycees Community Boat House. Also, the park features various sculptures and other eye-catching attractions that make spending time here something truly special.

Address: 50 Columbus Blvd, Hartford, CT 06016 - MAP
Phone: (860) 713-3131
Web: www.riverfront.org

Farmington River Tubing
When the warmer weather comes to Hartford, it is definitely time to take the plunge and keep cool by planning a day of fun when you experience Farmington River Tubing. Your wet and wild adventure begins at the State Recreation area and winds down the Farmington River. You can rent your tube and get ready for a great day outdoors in the sun. But you may want to bring a big hat, sunglasses and plenty of sun block!

Address: 92 Main Street, New Hartford, CT 06057 - MAP
Phone: (860) 693-6465
Web: www.farmingtonrivertubing.com

Connerford Zoo
Lovers of the outdoors and nature can be any age, so introduce your kids to some of the world's most interesting natural wonders when you bring them to the Commerford Zoo. This is a fun, friendly and highly educational place to bring the whole family. In addition to rides, games and more, there's also a great opportunity to interact with the many exotic animals that make their home here. The petting zoo experience is highlighted by other kid-friendly fare like face painting, kiddie and animal rides and a fun souvenir shop.

Address: One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, CT 06103 - MAP
Phone: (860) 491-3421
Web: www.commerfordzoo.com

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens
It stands to reason that if you’re a nature lover you enjoy the outdoors, complimented by the sight and smell of flowers. So to get an incredible view of more than 15,000 plants with 800 varieties of roses, a trip to the Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens is most definitely a must-do! The land for this incredible park was willed to the city by Charles H. Pond who asked that it be used as a horticultural area and that it be named for his wife, Elizabeth. The popular park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the winter, the park is open for ice skating.

Address: West Hartford, CT - MAP
Phone: (860) 231-9443
Web: www.elizabethpark.org