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Parks & nature in Hartford County

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“Amazing views of the Farmington Valley on this well marked wide trail up Simsbury Mountain.”
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“Elizabeth Park is our family's favorite place to go spring and summer time. It is the oldest municipal rose garden in the United States, and currently contains about 15,000 bushes of 800 rose varieties. A must see during the spring and summer time!”
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Other Great Outdoors
“The go-to place for renting a kayak, canoe, or paddle board on the Farmington River.”
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Park
“Great view of Fall, Spring or anytime from mountain top and great hiking activity for family.”
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Ski Area
“Great local mountain that is great for beginners but also has some runs that can be fun for those who are more advanced. ”
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Park
“Very quite and peaceful. Many places to sit and relax. There's running trials and a good place to jog around, too.”
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Park
“Beautiful park to walk, hike, drive or attend seasonal festivities. Known for their Daffodil festival, Puerto Rican parade, July 4th fireworks, and Christmas lights.”
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“This park attracts people for its tubing, canoeing and kayaking activities on the Farmington River. ”
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Museum
“Real dinosaur tracks that you ca make a casting of (you have to bring the materials, but can call ahead for instructions) Nature trails. Interactive displays, life sized model of Dilophosauraus, who probably made the tracks. Picnic area”
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Park
“Expansive park with beautifully manicured grounds. The perfect backdrop for picnics, weddings and family cook outs. Sledding in the winter is incredible! Themed gardens include Sensory, English, Asian and more.”
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“Great hiking trails that are well marked and not overly difficult. Good for bike riding and easy walks also.”
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“Tons of great hiking, wonderful views if you walk on the East River Road side up the Jessie Girard trail. Picnics, or swimming in the river. GREAT biking.”
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Plaza
“Mortensen Riverfront Plaza is a popular park in downtown Hartford and a centerpiece of the Riverfront park system. A large stage near the river hosts a range of performances, and grass-covered terraces offer seating for more than 2,500 people. The plaza stairs are a great space for vigorous exercise or for relaxing and watching the boats on the river. They also serve as front-row seats during the annual dragon boat festival. From the Plaza, you can take one of the many walking trails along the river, get on a boat tour of the city, or walk across the Founders Bridge to East Hartford. ”
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Park
“Bustling Connecticut River park with a boathouse, picnic hubs, trails, sport courts & playgrounds. Nice quiet park located next to the water. It has a playground for the kids. Great place for jogging, walking, or running. The park has a few staff members that ride around making sure all is well. Nice views down the river. The place is well-kept. Has volley =ball, and much open space. If you have a fishing pole you could try that as well.”
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