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Bushnell Park in Hartford, Conn.: A Scenic Urban Oasis

Bushnell, Park in Hartford, Conn., might be America’s oldest publicly-funded public park but it is ultimately a timeless New England attraction and the centerpiece of  this central Connecticut city.  

The spacious 41 acres grounds in the heart of downtown Hartford are perfect for walking or a jog, and a restored 1914 carousel will leave you breathless — it’s a classic, lovingly restored working antique wooden merry-go-round. A pond, pavilion, around 140 varieties of tree, concerts and festivals, and the Pump House Gallery — featuring art work by local artists — further help make Bushnell Park, along with the Boston Common and Public Garden in Boston, Mass., arguably, the nicest downtown New England park in New England.  

And with no charge to visit the park and only a $1.00 charge per person for the carousel, Bushnell Park is a certified Thrifty New England Traveler New England travel bargain!

Bushnell Park is located between Elm, Jewell and Trinity Streets. Log onto the Bushnell Park Foundation Web Site for more information.

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