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Address: 30 Arbor St, Hartford, CT 06106-1215
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+1 860-232-6710
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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The first public park in America that was financed with public funds,...

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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A nice break from the city scene

Nothing really to do here but walk around and enjoy a little tranquility on the edge of a busy city. Take a jog, walk your dog or stop at the cart and eat like a hog. It's just... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
Tim B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely safe park to walk through with a magnificient view of the Capital Building. Shame the carousel was closed but we could peek in the window to see it.

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Thomaston, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I was working closeby and this was a nice little distraction for lunchtime. Besides the walking paths, along the side of the park toward the state capitol there are vendor trucks at lunchtime and the food is pretty good. Every cuisine is represented I think, American, Mexican, Italian, Greek, Chinese, etc. Prices were medium range but they give you a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Nothing really to do here but walk around and enjoy a little tranquility on the edge of a busy city. Take a jog, walk your dog or stop at the cart and eat like a hog. It's just the place to take a break from all the bustle and noise of downtown Hartford.

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Thank Tim B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

We were here for the Hartford marathon, and are so glad that we walked through it the day before. It is a huge downtown park, with walking paths, mature trees, a carousel, and the Arch! We walked there from the Hlton, a short couple of blocks, and enjoyed the day. It was super clean, and the fall trees were beautiful

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RochesterMN
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Though the weather was uncooperative, we had a nice walk through the park. It was clean with lots of green space. Loved the architecture and structures surrounding and throughout the park.

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Hopkinton, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Busnell Park is a lovely expanse of green with statues, fountains, a pond, a carousel, an outdoor stage, and plenty of room for a picnic or gathering or game of sports. It is located downtown, in front of the capitol building. There is a lovely historic arch on one side. We enjoyed our stroll around Bushnell Park and would recommend... More 

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Thank kas929
Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The carousel is awesome and the park is good if you want to get your exercise and take a walk. If you stop by the pond to sit and watch the ducks, the filthy pond water littered with rubbish will gross you out.

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Thank lisafromct2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

The thai truck has the freshest and best thai food in Hartford county. Bar none. And the Jamaican truck ("Little Bites" I believe) has excellent food with traditional jerk chicken and pork. They also have some days with specials such as curried goat which is fabulous. Pull up a park bench and enjoy.

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Thank Ken S
Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

The biggest asset this park has is the merry go round which is great for little kids. The downside is there are no facilities so if you are with kids, your visit is over as soon as one needs a bathroom. Other than that, there are a few events. Its in the heart of the city with nice lawns for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Despite being right in the middle of a bustling Hartford, this is the one spot where you can actually find some solitude. Go for a walk or jog, or just sit on one of the benches to relax. It's a good way to escape for a little while.

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