Experience Hartford, Connecticut
Travel Guide to the Hartford Area’s Great Attractions
Below are some of the attractions that the Hartford, Connecticut area has to offer.
The Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park was once home to the Portland Brownstone Quarries. Mined for its rich warm color, ease of working, and affordability, the stone from these quarries was used in a number of landmark buildings in Chicago, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut. A flood in 1936 and a hurricane in 1938 flooded the quarries ending their operations. All efforts to drain the flooded quarries have been unsuccessful. The town purchased the historic quarries and 42 acres of adjacent land in 1999 and 2000. The land has since been leased for development as a recreation center with the hope that awareness of the historic landmark will strengthen the local economy. Over the years the park has gradually expanded its attractions to include scuba diving, rock climbing and rappelling, swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, mountain biking, wake boarding, cliff jumping, and offering challenging courses for group team building. Check it out for some great summer fun!
Newly opened in 2005, the Connecticut Convention Center overlooks the Connecticut River just outside downtown Hartford. The Connecticut Convention Center calls itself the largest convention facility between New York City and Boston. Located just 20 minutes from the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel, the convention center features more than 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000 square foot ballroom and 25,000 square feet of meeting space.
Located just 20 minutes north of the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel is Hartford; Connecitcut’s state capitol. At nearly 400 years old, Hartford is one of the nation’s oldest cities. The city is rich with history and is the home of the nation’s oldest public art museum. Known as the “insurance capital of the world,” Hartford was once dubbed the nation’s wealthiest city.
Foxwoods Resort Casino is the largest casino in the world boasting more than 7,000 slot machines and 400 tables. Its 4.7 million square foot complex hosts more than 40,000 guests daily. Foxwoods is located in Mashantucket, CT; just 45 minutes from the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel.
Just nine miles from the Crowne Plaza Cromwell hotel sits the Lyman Orcahrds Golf Club which features two 18-hole public courses. The first course was built in 1969 and is the current home to the Connecticut PGA Championship. The second was built in 1994 and was designed by legendary golfer Gary Player. Both courses are ranked among the top ten public courses in Connecticut.
As one of the largest gaming destinations in the Unites States, the Mohegan Sun Casino is situated on 240 acres of land along the Thames River in Uncasville, CT. The casino features more than 7,000 slot machines and 350 table games along with a 42-table poker room. With easy access to other major destinations, Mohegan Sun also features entertainment and shopping facilities just 45 minutes away from the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel.
The Museum of America and the Sea is a living history maritime museum located in Mystic, CT. Focusing on coastal life in 19th century New England, Mystic Seaport features 17 acres of exhibits; including a 19th century seafaring village with more than 60 historic buildings. Also on display is a large collection of boats and sailing ships. All of this sits on the banks of the Mystic River less than an hour from the Crowne Plaza Cromwell Hotel.