Top 10 things to do in West Hartford
1. West Hartford Reservoirs – Hiking and Cycling
West Hartford has 3,000 acres of beautiful forestland; 30 miles roads for joggers and bicyclists, hiking trails, wheel-chair accessible picnic area, cross-country skiing and snow shoeing.
2. Shops and Gourmet Restaurants
There is not town like this one in the state of Connecticut! The “feel” of the community, boutique shopping experience, and gourmet restaurants, wine bars, coffee houses are all amazing! West Harford Center and Blue Back Square can keep you busy for days with their first class shopping and dining!
3. Elizabeth Park & Rose Gardens
Elizabeth Park is 100 Acres of formal gardens, Pond House, summer concerts. On the national register of historic places. Garden tours are available. Bring a chair, cooler and your dancing shoes to enjoy a warm summer night at Summer Concert Series which includes artists like “Eight to the Bar”, “Latanya Farrell and The B Styles Band”, and “Locomotion”.
4. Westmoor Park
Westmoor Park is an education center dedicated to teaching respect for our environment. There is a multitude of natural habitats, gardens, and barnyard animals. There are nature trails on it 162 acres including one for the handicapped.
5. Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink:
This rinks offers family activities for all ages and skating abilities from public skate sessions to private lessons and shows. Enjoy private birthday parties for children with private rental rooms. This rink is the home of the West Hartford Figure Skating Club and West Hartford Ice Hockey League.
6. Playhouse on Park
An intimate professional theater on Park Road in West Hartford, free parking and affordable with off-Broadway actors, includes musicals, Improv, plays, educational programs, and comedy nights.
West Hartford Community Theater
7. The Sounding Board
Folk and acoustic music concerts at The Universalist Church since 1973! Popular artists include Last Fair Deal who continues to redraw the map of American roots, swing and bluegrass music with energy and creativity. Performing as a trio, guitarist Paul Howard, fiddler Tom Hagymasi and banjo/mandolinist Phil Zimmerman fan the flame that has kept this band relevant since the 70’s. They’re enjoyment of performing together is palpable and captivating!
8. Connecticut Science Center & Children’s Museum
The Children’s Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut offers hands-on fun with science and nature. At. Children engage in our interactive workshops. Enjoy the wildlife sanctuary, science dome planetarium with shows, camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, and special events.
9. West Hartford Holiday Stroll
The annual Winter Holiday Stroll takes place in the evening at West Hartford Center and Blue Back Square. Enjoy the decorated store fronts and the holiday treats that the merchants provide. Santa will make a special appearance! Enjoy the carolers, chorale groups and street entertainment. Don’t miss the festival of trees at the Congregational Church!
10. Parks and Pools
Who could ask for more for summer fun! Pools, Playgrounds, Tennis Courts, picnic areas, and ponds! Visit any of the 5 public parks and pools West Hartford has to offer: Beachland Park and Pool, Kennedy Memorial Park and Pool, Eisenhower Park and Pool, Wolcott Park and Splash Pad, & Cornerstone Aquatic Center.
Cornerstone features three indoor pools that offer a variety of water depths and temperatures. It is a wonderful place for a warm swim on cold winter day or hosting you child’s birthday party! Open swim times, coaching, swim lessons and other programs available.
After you have done the top 10 things to do in West Hartford here are several more!
11. Rockledge Golf Club
Rockledge Golf Club been voted Hartford Magazine’s “Best Public Golf Course” and one of New England’s “Best Places to Play.” The grounds on this 18 hole public championship course are amazing and well maintained. There is nothing like watching the sunset while enjoying a meal from the deck of the restaurant. Known for its beautiful landscaping and meticulous maintenance, Rockledge features a championship layout. The community enjoys winter fun here sledding, snowshoeing and x-country skiing. Just beautiful!
12. Halloween Parade, Memorial Day Parade, Park Road Parade
The Halloween Parade features live music, games, pumpkin carving and kids dressed in Halloween costumes. The stroll extends from West Hartford Center to Blue Back Square where kids treat-or treat at participating merchants.
Over 7,000 spectators will lined the streets to view 90 groups march in the parade. This very popular and proud group of West Hartford Residents celebrate their town. Among the marches will be dancers, bands, clowns, floats, pets, antique cars, color guards, businesses, town officials, and cultural organizations. Lots of great energy in the air and community pride!
The Memorial Day Parade in West Hartford honors the veterans from World War I in the 1920s. The parade welcomes all groups to march. The local Brownies, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Little League teams, Soccer Teams, Conard & Hall High School Marching Bands, local officials, King Phillip & Sedgwick Middle Schools and more march in the procession.
13. West Hartford Center Days
West Hartford Center Sidewalk Festival is festive 3 day sidewalk sale The Center and Blue Back Square. This event includes music, face painting, and food tents. Come meet your neighbors and boast about your great bargains!
14. Celebrate West Hartford
Celebrate West Hartford is a 2 day annual event in June. This event features entertainment, top notch juried art and crafts show, amazing food, carnival rides, and a certified 5K road race. Area businesses and charitable organizations have booths to promote public awareness. It is an event the most residence attend and look forward to each year in June and takes place on the grounds of West Hartford Town Hall. There is no admission charge for the event and many of the activities are free.
Entertainment on Saturday includes performances by numerous local school jazz ensembles. Professional bands perform on Sunday afternoon. Celebrate West Hartford garnered awards in the Best Local Annual Event category by Hartford Magazine for several years in a row.
15. Noah Webster House
Noah Webster House is a national registered historic landmark. This museum has youth programs and theatrical productions. Although Noah Webster has impacted our culture in many ways he is best known for writing Noah Webster 1828 two-volume dictionary.
16. Summer Concerts Series at Blue Back Square
Last Fair Deal playing at Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT
17. Tunxis & Buena Vista Golf Courses
Buena Vista Golf Course