Greater Hartford Area

Most settings have easy access to the full range of opportunities in the region. The Hartford Stage is a Tony Award-winning regional theater. Hartford hosts Broadway road shows at the Bushnell Memorial Auditorium, which is also a venue for the symphony, ballet, and other cultural activities. The Wadsworth Atheneum is Hartfordís art museum, with a large permanent collection and varied temporary exhibits. The city of New Britain offers the New Britain Museum of American Art which has many fine art pieces. For concerts & events, Hartford has the XL Center, the newly built Convention Center & the outdoor amphitheater XFinity Theatre. Music in more intimate settings can be found ranging from classical and experimental at the Hartt School of Music to jazz at several regional coffee houses.

Hartford provides many choices for sports fans. The Hartford Wolfpack bring professional hockey to the city, while the UConn Huskies provide excitement for basketball enthusiasts. The Hartford Yard Goats, our own AA team, bring baseball fun to the region. The neighboring town of New Britain also offers more baseball with the New Britain Bees which are part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Each summer, Connecticut is home to major professional tennis and PGA golf events, the Connecticut Open and the Travelers Championship. Sports fans can schedule a tour of the ESPN studios. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are opportunities for canoeing or tubing on the local rivers, hiking, cross-country skiing, and fishing.

For the shopper in you, the Hartford area offers wonderfully sophisticated shopping experiences such as West Farms Mall, which is located minutes from the Health Center, the West Hartford Centre located down Farmington Avenue in West Hartford as well as the brand new Blue Back Square. The Shoppes at Evergreen Walk are also located in near by South Windsor and The Shoppes at Farmington Valley located in near by Canton. Located just an hour away are outlets: Clinton Crossing, Tanger Outlet Center & Lee Prime Outlets.

For gourmets there is a wide range of cuisines and markets available. From standard American, French, Italian, or Chinese fare to Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese, Indian, Jamaican, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, and New York Deli, Hartford and its surrounding towns allows you to help yourself. Just driving down Farmington Avenue will allow you to experience the wide range of cuisines. Downtown Hartford also offers an array of fun spirit establishments for young professionals.

A short drive east from Hartford is the "Mystic-places" section of Connecticut. This area boasts aquariums, seaports, beaches and two casinos (one of which is the largest casino in the world) that offer exquisite dining, boutique shopping, and fabulous entertainment. Head north and youíll find yourself a short drive from Vermont where some of New Englandís best skiing and hiking is located.

Getting here is easy. With major highway, rail and airline access, Hartford is only 2 hours driving distance from Boston and New York City.