We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Just lovely! ”
Review of Elizabeth Park

Elizabeth Park
Ranked #2 of 64 things to do in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This walkers' haven, with several gardens along its wildflower trail, a lovely pond and sports and concert facilities, is best known for its magnificent rose garden, with 800 varieties of roses.
1 review
“Just lovely! ”
Reviewed 19 June 2014 via mobile

Had never visited Elizabeth Park before although I have lived in CT my whole life. It was beautiful. Lots of activity. Even some brides having pictures taken. The roses were peaking but had we gone a few weeks earlier we could have enjoyed irises and peonies. There is a restaurant named Pond House. Nice setting. There is a venue for weddings or parties very pretty.

Helpful?
Thank Anne D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

309 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    212
    83
    12
    2
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Korean first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
West Hartford, CT
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Visiting a World Class Rose Garden”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Hartford has plenty of problems but, like many small cities, it also has some incredible surprises. My favorite this time of year: The Elizabeth Park Rose Garden. It's one of the largest municipal public gardens in the U.S. and contains many rare varieties. Avid gardeners from Japan and Great Britain come for tours all of the time but locals rarely even know about it. The city does a great job maintaining in, thanks in large part to a huge contingent of volunteers. Across from the ancient arches and rose beds there's a lovely Japanese style garden with a remarkable hanging cedar.

I am not even a gardener and I seek out this space every June. It's one of the great shared spaces in a city that wrestles with a lot of racial tension. People from dozens of ethnic and racial groups circulate around the park, which is remarkable safe. I have never heard of any vandalism of the flowers, an astounding tribute to the collective respect for something lovely.

The Pond House Restaurant has excellent locally grown cuisine and, in the summer months only, a little takeout window that's more kid-friendly.

On Wednesday summer nights the city sponsors free outdoor concerts on a grassy field next to the garden. The quality is inconsistent but some nights they get top of the line entertainers (Hartford has a very strong Jazz scene, for example).

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank Mary C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Needs attention”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

We had lunch at the Pond House on 6/7/2014 and was looking forward to a post-lunch walk through the Rose Garden. So disappointing to see weeds in the beds and dead branches on the arbors. It looks like it needs some serious attention. I can't understand why it looked so unkempt. There was also a wedding thereon that day and I would have thought someone at the park would have made sure that the gardens looked their best.

Visited June 2014
Helpful?
Thank wblaz
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Hartford, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Love it!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

Elizabeth Park is my neighborhood goto place for daily jog/walks and photography! Beautiful, peaceful, with diverse crowds, and Pond House Cafe is a delightful treat.

Visited April 2014
Helpful?
Thank JoAnne B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
2 reviews
“Nice but....”
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

It was a lovely place but there was no playground or place to swim.People were picnicking because there are no bbq pits but some brought their own.We walked around but didn't stay long because there was no playground for my 5 year old son.He did have fun watching the ducks in the pond.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank Heather V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Been to Elizabeth Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing