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Visiting & Enjoying West Hartford

West Hartford is rich in history and new beginnings. Visitors will discover wonderful shops and sites in every corner of town.

On our eastern border you'll find the world-renown Elizabeth Park rose gardens in full bloom in June and thousands of tulips and daffodils in March and April. In the northwest corner, get back to nature by hiking the trails at the MDC reservoirs or visiting the demonstration farm at Westmoor Park.

Bishops Corner, in the northern part of town at the intersection of North Main Street and Albany Avenue, is both a neighborhood and regional destination featuring a variety of businesses on all four corners. Some of the anchor stores include Staples, Whole Foods Market, Walgreens, Sakura Garden and Bertucci's restaurants, Massage Envy, Marshall’s, Big Y Market, and the St. Francis Care medical offices. (Exit 43 off I-84. Turn left onto Park Road and right onto South Main Street for about 3 miles. South Main Street becomes North Main Street.)

In the central areas of town, you'll discover the birthplace of Noah Webster, the award-winning Rockledge Golf Club, the The Children's Museum of Connecticut, and the Connecticut Veterans Memorial.

West Hartford Center has been the community's hub since the late 1600's. The unhurried atmosphere encourages you to park and walk along the tree-lined, brick sidewalks and stop by the fine specialty shops, restaurants, coffee shops and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Our newest retail district, Blue Back Square, is the Center's contemporary counterpart and is connected via South Main Street. Blue Back Square features seasonal outdoor concerts at the pergola, and several national establishments including Crate and Barrel, Barnes & Noble, Bow Tie Cinemas, REI, Cheesecake Factory and many boutique shops as well.

Take a self-guided walking tour of West Hartford's public art or the visit our historic sites in town. A large 4-foot sign on the Goodman Green (at the intersection of Farmington Avenue and South Main Street) in West Hartford Center lists all 39 historic sites and identifies their numbered locations on a town map. The signs at each site have a message about the background and historical significance of each site.

The University of Hartford, St. Joseph College and the University of Connecticut offer concerts, art galleries, plays, museums and sporting events all year long.

Park Road is a diverse shopping area with ethnic markets, restaurants, hair salons, clothing and tailoring, paint stores, garden centers, jewelry stores and much more. This business district, with brick sidewalks and turn-of-the-century street lamps, runs from Trout Brook Drive east to Prospect Avenue (Exit 43 off I-84. Travel east on Park Road for 1 mile). Two establishments of note are situated side-by-side: the Playhouse on Park, a 163 seat theatre offering year-round performances for all ages and interests, and A.C. Petersen Farms, a family restaurant known for its ice cream.

In the southern end of town, visit the historic Sarah Whitman Hooker House, a carefully restored early 18th century mansion house, the Art League Galleries, our indoor ice skating rink and 9-hole Buena Vista golf course and the Elmwood Center shopping district. Westfarms (Exit 40 off I-84) is an upscale mall with 160 specialty shops, clothing stores and restaurants. Forty percent of the stores are unique to the market including Connecticut’s only Nordstrom’s.

Corbin's Corner, located across from Westfarms Mall on New Britain Avenue, has over 20 stores, including Sears, Best Buy, Toys R Us, Pier 1 Imports, Eastern Mountain Sports, Old Navy, the Olive Garden restaurant and Trader Joe's. Also in the southern section of town is Elmwood Center, a neighborhood shopping area which runs along New Britain Avenue (Exit 41 off I-84. Follow South Main Street to New Britain Avenue, turn left.) A variety of businesses and specialty shops are interspersed throughout the area including restaurants, florists, cleaners, pharmacies and a health club.

New Park Avenue has been transformed over the past ten years with new specialty businesses arriving to complement national stores such as the Home Depot, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Raymour & Flanigan. The Home Design District has over 20 independent member businesses located in one square mile on New Park Avenue who are dedicated to helping you connect all the pieces of your project.

Take time to explore West Hartford. You'll discover why its is one of the top destination points in the Greater Hartford region.

To see a listing of restaurants, stores, wine, lodging, salons, spas, kids stuff, home and garden, recreation and fitness, and real estate, visit http://www.thewesthartfordbook.com.

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