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5 Delightful Things to Do in Hartford (and how to get there by bike)

Visit Connecticut’s capital city on a bike! On this tour, you’ll encounter enchanting green spaces, see some spectacular architecture, take a glimpse into the state’s past, and enjoy some of the finest coffee and craft beers that Connecticut has to offer. Enjoy the ride!

1. Spectra Wired Cafe

A city’s café. From caffeine to comfy couches, conference tables and workspace to free high-speed wifi, Spectra Wired has got you covered! Serving Coperaco coffee, locally sourced baked goods, and made to order breakfast and lunch options. Your day starts here!

2. Bushnell Park

Bushnell Park was the first city park in the USA to be conceived, built and paid for by citizens through a popular vote. The park is an arboretum of rare and native trees – over 150 species have been in the park since it’s establishment. Don’t miss the beautiful Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch, The Lily Pond, the park’s many statues, and the carousel which was built in 1914 and is still in use today!

Bushnell Park

3. Capitol Building

Hartford is the capital city of Connecticut. The capitol building is an incredible Gothic style structure constructed from 1872 to 1879. The state legislature is housed inside of the building as well as historical memorabilia and wonderful architecture. Stop in at the west entrance for a free 1-hour guided tour!

4. Museum of Connecticut History

The Museum of Connecticut History is dedicated to preserving Connecticut’s government, military, and industrial history. View historic documents like the state’s Royal Charter from 1662 and the original State Constitution from 1818, a gallery of portraits of Connecticut Governors, and more interesting exhibits about Connecticut’s past.

Hanging Hills Brewing Company

5. Hanging Hills Brewing Company

Hanging Hills Brewing Company has been brewing craft beer in Connecticut since 2016. This 10 barrel craft brewery is located in the heart of Hartford’s South Meadows. Hanging Hills Brewing Company makes a wide variety of handcrafted beers that push the envelope and, occasionally, toe the line. Put down the kickstand and end your ride at the tasting room – open Thursday through Sunday.

Bonus Stop: Bar5

Want to keep the good times rolling? Back at the starting point you’ll find Bar5 where craft cocktails, local brews, and wine await you. If you’re pedaling on a weekday enjoy weekly bar specials, Trivia Tuesdays, 50% off wine bottles on Wednesday, and live music on Thursdays.