Located just two hours from Boston and New York City, Hartford is an historic New England city that is one of the region’s most important cultural and business centers. For Trinity students, Hartford is our extended campus, offering art, theater, eclectic food, free festivals, shopping, internship opportunities, and meaningful community involvement.
Arts + Entertainment + Outdoors
Trinity students are blessed with many options for inexpensive entertainment in and around Hartford. Here are just a few of the highlights:
- The Wadsworth Atheneum, America’s oldest public art museum, is home to famous works from Picasso, Monet, Dali, O’Keeffe, and more.
- The Mark Twain House & Museum and the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Asylum Hill celebrate two of Hartford’s most famous residents.
- The Bushnell Performing Arts Center books Broadway plays and big-name concerts, while the nearby Theaterworks and Hartford Stage offer discounted last-minute tickets to students.
- The Hartford Riverfront has undergone a complete facelift, now featuring miles of parks, biking and nature trails, free open-air concerts like Guitar Under the Stars, and even an adventure challenge course.
- For authentic Italian pastries, pizza, and white-tablecloth dining, head to the South End, Hartford’s famous Little Italy.
- Park Street in the Frog Hollow neighborhood — right behind the Trinity campus — is the most vibrant Hispanic cultural district in New England.
- And getting around is easy. Trinity students can ride public transportation for free or you can rent a campus Zipcar for low hourly rates.
Maps + More
Hartford Then + Now
At the turn of the 20th century, Hartford was one of the wealthiest cities in the country. It was the insurance capital of America, home to The Hartford, founded in 1810; the Aetna Insurance Company, founded in 1850; and the Travelers Insurance Company, founded in 1863. The insurance giants’ iconic headquarters are still cornerstones of the Hartford skyline, and stately 19th-century mansions still line the streets of Asylum Hill.
Like other New England cities, Hartford suffered from suburban flight in the 1960s and 1970s, drawing money and resources away from the urban center. Still, Hartford continued to be sustained by its diverse regional employers, its outstanding arts institutions, like the historic Wadsworth Atheneum and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the award-winning Hartford Stage Company, and newer TheaterWorks.
In the past decade, Hartford has experienced a significant economic and cultural renaissance. In 2005, the city completed the Connecticut Convention Center
, a sweeping glass and steel structure along Hartford’s renovated riverfront. The Connecticut Science Center
opened its doors in 2009, and the brand-new Hartford 21 luxury apartment tower is the tallest residential building in New England.
Trinity has played an important role in the city’s revitalization. In 1996, the College teamed spearheaded a pioneering public-private partnership within its neighborhood to build the Learning Corridor, across the street from the College. The 16-acre Learning Corridor campus comprises Montessori and magnet schools spanning pre-K through high school. And the enthusiasm and talents of Trinity students are a continual resource to our Barry Square neighborhood and the city as a whole.