2020 US Conference Local Attractions

The 2020 Annual Conference will be held at the Connecticut Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Hartford, Connecticut. If you choose to stay a few days before or after the conference, there are many great places to visit!

The Mark Twain House & Museum

The Mark Twain House & Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of one of America's greatest authors from 1874 - 1891. It's also where Mark Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including Adventures of Huckblerry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Author's Court. The Mark Twain House & Museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the legacy of Twain's work; check out their website here

Zombie Scavengers Game

If you're looking for a truly unique and fun experience, this is your chance! Zombie Scavengers leads you into the city to collect supplies to survive during this interactive scavenger game.

This activity starts outside of Old State House, where you'll use your smartphone to work with your team to find food, supplies, weapons and shelter throughout the city. The more things you find, the more points you get! Along the way, you'll be asked to do a challenge, or answer a trivia question. This is a great activity for a small group who wants to explore the city in a fun way-learn more here.

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza

Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, a landscaped park over I-91 in downtown Hartford opened to the public in 1999, is the centerpiece of the Riverfront park system. A stage at the river's edge provides a scenic venue for a rich variety of performances, with seating for 2,500 people on grassy terraces that descend from the plaza to the Riverfront. Excursion boats operate from the downtown docks, and the Founders Bridge promenade connects Hartford with East Hartford. You can learn more about Mortenson Riverfront Plaza and all of the other great parks to visit in Hartford here


If you're a foodie that loves unique dining experiences, ON20 is a great choice and is located very close to the Connecticut Convention Center! 

Since 1983, the restaurant on the 20th floor of One State Street has provided innovative and progressive cuisine. ON20 was voted one of the Top Ten restaurants for service in the country by Open Table diners, and was named one of the top scenic view restaurants in the country. If you plan on visiting this restaurant, it's a good idea to make a reservation. Although there's no formal dress code, they do recommend business casual. You can learn more about ON20 on their website.

J's Crab Shack, Hartford

If you're looking for well-reviewed, reasonably priced seafood, J's Crab Shack is a great choice. Their menu features a variety of seafood cooked in many different ways: lobster rolls, oysters on the half shell, New England clam chowder, fried seafood, broiled seafood and much more. Check out their extensive menu right on their website for more information.

Wadsworth Atheneum

The Wadsworth Atheneum has one of the finest American arts collections, and is the oldest free public museum in the United States. The Wadsworth Atheneum houses more than 50,000 works of art in a beautiful Gothic-style building. Learn more about revolving exhibitions and other museum collections on the Wadsworth Atheneum website.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

The restored house of author Harriet Beecher Stowe, where she lived from 1873 to 1896, is in Hartford's Nook farm neighborhood, close to that of fellow writer Mark Twain. Stowe made a profound contribution to the Abolitionist movement with her depiction of slavery in her book Uncle Tom's Cabin, and is said to have been credited by Abraham Lincoln as "the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war" (in reference to the Civil War). Learn more about visiting the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center on the official website.

Bushnell Park

This 37-acre park next to the Capitol grounds is noted for being America's first public park. It contains the Civil War Memorial, the Pump House Gallery, and the Israel Putname statue. Bushnell Park also features a 1914 Stein and Goldstein carousel, with 48 hand-carved wooden horses and two chariots circling a Wurlitzer band organ-this is one of only three surviving Stein and Goldstein carousels in existence. Learn more by visiting the Bushnell Park website.

Connecticut Science Center

If you love everything science and want an interactive experience, the Connecituct Science Center is a fun way to learn and explore! The Connecticut Science Center features permanent exhibits like the Butterfly Encounter, Engineering Lab, Exploring Space and many other immersive exhibits. Learn more about upcoming exhibitions and purchase tickets on the Connecticut Science Center website.

Nearby: New York City

If you're coming before or after the conference, planning a day trip to New York City is easy and transportation is very affordable! NYC is  about 117 miles away (approximately 2 1/2 hours) with Times Square, the Statue of Liberty and other landmark attractions well within reach. 

Travel by Train

If you'd like to travel by train to the city, there is service from Union Station in Hartford to Penn Station in Manhattan. Train fare will depend on the day and time you choose to travel, and range in price from $40 to over $100. You can book your tickets online directly with Amtrak.

Travel by Bus

If you'd like to travel by bus to the city, Greyhound and Peter Pan both provide services out of Hartford's Union Station to the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Ave & 42nd St (very close to Times Square). Fares vary based on the day and time, but you can expect to pay between $15-$30 each way.

You can take a look at pricing on Grehound's website and Peter Pan's website.


Nearby: Boston

Only a short 1 hour and 42 minute ride from Hartford, your dreams of experiencing the history and food that Boston offers are close at hand! Quincy Market, Old North Church & Historic Site, Boston Harbor and more!

Travel by Train

Train service is available via Amtrak from Union Station in Hartford to several stations in Boston.

Boston Back Bay (BBY)

Boston Back Bay station or BBY is close to Fenway Park. You can see a map of nearby landmarks here.

South Station (BOS)

The South Station or BOS is close to the Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, and the Paul Revere house among other landmarks. You can see a map here.

Travel by Bus

Union Station in Hartford is serviced by both Greyhound and Peter Pan, who both travel to Boston. Greyhound has bus fare that ranges in price from $9 to over $40, while Peter Pan averages around $25. These fares will depend on what time you're traveling and on which day; it's always a good idea to plan in advance! You can purchase tickets directly through either site by visiting Greyhound's website, or Peter Pan's website.


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