Hartford, Connecticut is a destination built for meetings. The expansive Connecticut Convention Center, a wide variety of accessible downtown hotels, easy access to the airport and the highway, and a free downtown circulator shuttle leaves you with more time to meet, explore, and connect in this vibrant redeveloped downtown.
At the center of it all is the Connecticut Convention Center. Combining ample meeting space – including 140,000 square feet of exhibition space, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom, and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting space – with visually stunning touches and unparalleled service the Center is the premier meeting destination in the Northeast.
Hartford also boasts a variety of historic and unique venues for off-site events or smaller meetings. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is a classic space for large or small events, while the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts' famed Art Deco interio¬r lends a stylish feel to dinners and receptions. The center's glass-enclosed Autorino Great Hall, adorned by a 14-foot-tall bright red chandelier, is a striking facility for events of up to 320 people. Or, head to the new Dunkin' Donuts Park, a 6,056-seat baseball park in downtown that also has several suites and party decks available, as well as group seating.
Getting from work to play has never been easier when first-class entertainment and restaurants are just steps from your meeting. Enjoy tantalizing bites at over 40 independent restaurants, see a show at one of the nation's leading resident theaters, the Hartford Stage, or catch the pulse pounding action of the Hartford Wolf Pack hockey team at the XL Center. Or better yet, do it all.
Attendees are happy to discover that reaching Hartford and its array of attractions is quick and convenient. More than 23 million people live within a two and a half-hour drive from Hartford. Nowhere in the United States are you closer to as many people, except for Manhattan. No matter where your attendees come from they'll find getting to Hartford convenient and hassle-free, which will allow you to virtually guarantee attendance, if not increase it significantly. Located at the intersection of two major U.S. interstates, visitors from across the Northeast can easily reach the city by car. Air travel is also a breeze, with the city's Bradley International Airport only 15 miles away from downtown Hartford. Bradley is serviced by the top airline carriers in the U.S. and offers nearly 300 national and international flights each day. The Bradley Flyer bus provides quick and easy access to Hartford seven days a week. Once inside the city, travelers can take advantage of the free Hartford dash Shuttle connecting visitors to hotels, restaurants, and attractions.