We had read through the Connecticut guide and decided that Hartford had enough interesting things to make it worthy of a stop on our vacation.
We planned to go to the Trash Museum, Bushnell Park, the Mark Twain House, and then carry on to nearby Springfield Mass.
We got to the Trash Museum (which was hard to find, because there is nothing that says “trash Museum”, we went by the address) around 1:50 on Wednesday afternoon. According to the tour book, the museum is open Wednesday – Fridays, 12:00-4:00, with extra hours during certain times. Going on the book, the museum should be open we figure.
Well, we looked at the door, and there is a sign that says “Open to the public, Wednesday –Friday, 12:00-4:00” and we figure we’re in the right place. However, on the other door, there is a sign that says “Trash Museum will open at 2:00” today. Well, it was a nice day, so we decided to wait. We got some snacks out of the car and sat at the cleverly placed picnic table, right by the front door.
We waited. It was 2:00. We waited some more. Finally at 2:07, everyone had eaten their snacks and were fastened back into the car. No one had shown up to open the museum, so we left.
We followed our instructions to Bushnell Park. Bushnell Park has a historic carousel that, according to the book, operates from 12-5, Tuesday-Sunday until October. (It was early September that we were there, still on Wednesday). We get to the park, and you guessed it, the carousel is closed. According to the sign on the carousel, it is only in operation THURSDAY-Sunday. Only 2 days, but it makes a big difference. Luckily, it was a nice day, so the kids took a walk around the pond, saw the ducks and had a couple of turns on the playground. Then another kids got stung by a bee, so they cut it short.
OK, off to Mark Twain House. We followed MapQuest directions, which naturally bring us to the wrong side of the museum. Oh well. Again, it is a nice day. Then we get inside. According to the book, the museum costs $12 for adults, $5 for kids 6-16, so we figure total cost of $29. But no, the cost has increased since the book was published, or something. Anyway, it ends up costing $14 for adults and $7 for kids. Whatever.
Hartford was lovely to look at, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be.