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Bushnell Park

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Harford's mini-version of Central Park

My husband, dog and I enjoyed walking around Bushnell Park. Nice to walk the paths and check out... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KMfromMA
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Nantucket
Nice park

Large park for jogging and it seems they have a lot of music events there. You can see the state... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2018
Jesjoe13
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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The first public park in America that was financed with public funds, Bushnell Park draws visitors to its 1914 carousel, and also features memorials honoring Civil War and Spanish-American War soldiers and some 150 varieties of trees.
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30 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106-1215
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Reviewed 7 March 2006

Bushnell Park is first public park in America that was financed with public funds. Bushnell Park has a beautiful 1914 carousel that one can ride for only 50 cents, and also features The Memorials Civil War Arch that one can climb on Thursdays in the...More

7  Thank Danny R
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Reviewed 6 February 2012

A very cold day and the park is quiet. The best thing is that free ice-skating is offered.

8  Thank JosephCheung
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband, dog and I enjoyed walking around Bushnell Park. Nice to walk the paths and check out the statues, carousel, fountains and monuments. Nice green space for a small city. However, it seems the city could do a bit better with maintenance and garbage...More

Thank KMfromMA
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park is the perfect place to walk, jog, or sit on a bench and relax by the water. There is an old carousel in the park that dates back to the early 1900's It is only open on the weekends during September-November so we...More

Thank teacher152015
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Large park for jogging and it seems they have a lot of music events there. You can see the state capital bldg from it.

Thank Jesjoe13
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

I was born in Hartford, and nothing is as indicative of Hartford as a city and soulless vacuum that has sucked all hope from its people like Bushnell Park. On the outside, Bushnell Park seems rather nice. Conveniently located, great views of the amazing Connecticut...More

Thank Seth M
Reviewed 9 July 2018

Lovely space, well maintained and an abundance of differing trees from all over the world. Awesome vintage carousel with hand cared horses. We got to see a free jazz concert on the Monday that they do every July, everyone sat on chairs with picnics and...More

Thank 600Damian
Reviewed 29 June 2018

The park is small and beautiful to take a walk but had no place with toys and playgrounds for children. Could be better...

Thank Juani83
Reviewed 23 June 2018

I Iike parks. They are usually interesting, have pretty gardens, great trees, etc. This park had some very nice old trees. But, no flower beds, Just a huge amount of grass. The paths could use some work. The one fountain we saw was broken and...More

Thank SantoD1909
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

A good place to walk prior to enjoying the restaurants of downtown Hartford. As the weather changes the park begins to come alive with its carousel and pond.

Thank PastorAndreLMcGuire
Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Bushnell Park is a lovely place to visit. I visited in March and there was snow on the ground but I am certain it is a fantastic place to be in the summer time. There are many things to do at Bushnell Park. The park...More

Thank RamonaL34
Reviewed 30 March 2018

Bushnell Park is right below the State Capitol. It's also the first urban park in America. It has a remarkable memorial arch, a functioning carousel and plenty of greenery. Nice place for a stroll.

Thank Leonhkny
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Shari C
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Dogs are welcome, but there is no off leash area for them. Animals are required to be under control and on a leash at all times, persuant to city and state law.
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