With a congregation founded in 1636, the Center Church is the fourth meeting house to reside on its current location with the present church built in 1807. The Center Church has always maintained itself as not just a religious icon of the city, but as a cultural one as well. Today, there are concerts and important city events, such as First Night, which are held on the grounds of the church. Also on the site of the church is Hartford's oldest cemetery, the Ancient Burial Ground, where its citizens were interred from 1640 to 1802. "Our Church is 375 years old; our thinking is not" is the motto of the 375 year-old house of worship and is one of the most progressive congregations in the state.
800 Main Street Hartford, CT 06103 +1 860 522 6766
One of the nation's oldest state houses, Hartford's Old State House dates back to 1796 and is on the site of the original structure built in 1637. A Federal-style building designed by famed architect Thomas Bulfinch, the Old State House has been restored on numerous occasions and has been on the list of National Historic Landmarks since 1966. Even though it has not served the Connecticut government since the construction of the new State Capitol building since 1872, the Old State House is a must-see for families and those interested in the history of the Constitution State. Admission: $6 adults, $3 ages 6-17 & 65+ and students with valid ID.
50 Church Street Hartford, CT 06103 +1 860 525 5601
Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theaters, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the best world drama, from classics to provocative new plays, musicals and neglected works from the past. The theater has earned many of the nation's distinguished awards. The Hartford Stage has maintained a strong commitment to community partnerships, educational programs and humanities initiatives. Many famous actors have graced this stage for years.
1 Civic Center Plaza Hartford, CT 6103 +1 860 249 6333
The XL Center, formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center, is a sports and convention complex. It was opened in 1975 and has been renovated several times over the past four decades. It houses an exhibition hall which is used for trade shows, conventions, banquets, craft shows, meetings and other events. It has held many notable concerts of Van Halen, U2, Coldplay, Luciano Pavarotti, Madonna, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and more. The XL Center also hosts some of the larger crowd UConn men's and women's basketball games, and is also home to the Connecticut Whale (American Hockey League).
Built in 1930, this memorial theater is a must visit for all culture vultures. Connecticut's premier presenter of the performing arts, it has inspired audiences for more than eight decades and plays a leading role in the state's cultural life. It is a non-profit organization renowned for community programs. It is a leading educator and advocate of the arts. The Bushnell is an economic driver for the Greater Hartford region and the Connecticut state.
2011 South Main Street Middletown, CT 06457 +1 860 622 8726
Adrenaline junkies will love EMPOWER Adventure Center! Whether on a corporate, team-building retreat or a love seeing the fall foliage from a bird's-eye perspective, the whole family can find something fun to see and to do at EMPOWER. There are often seasonal and themed Zip Line events, so check back for the latest from Middletown's most exciting outdoor adventure company.
300 Main Street Old Saybrook, CT 06475 +1 860 510 5000/+1 877 503 1286(Tickets)
Opened in September 2009, Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (also known as "The Kate") is the Shoreline's premier entertainment venue, hosting stand-up comedy, theatrical performances, live music and lectures throughout the year. The facility is housed in what used to be Old Saybrook's historic City Hall (built in 1910) and is named for the Academy Award-winning local actress, Katharine Hepburn, who resided in the town until her death in 2003. The theater features 250 seats (with unobstructed views) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours of The Kate are available from June to September.
1 Hopyard Club East Haddam, CT 06423 +1 860 434 6644
The Fox Hopyard Golf Club is open from March through November in the lovely Connecticut River-town of East Haddam. This is a Par 71 golf course that spans roughly 7000 yards (6400 meters) and includes facilities such as a restaurant, tee shop, sports bar and banquet hall. The club also houses the on-site restaurant, On the Rocks, where delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners are served.
In the scenic Middlesex County town of Essex is the Connecticut River Museum, home to collections and exhibits dedicated to the history of the Connecticut River. Enjoy one of the many exhibits or enroll the kids in one of their many summer programs that encourage young students to study and respect the River's habitats. Drive to the museum, or arrive in your boat and disembark on the dock.
While this sight might look like something you would see on Ghost Hunters, the Old Newgate Prison is the ruins of the prison that once stood here back in the early 19th Century. A tour of the grounds informs guests of early American prison reform and models of prison architecture. A must-see for history buffs and those interested in local lore.
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