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For a week that is. So East Coast Bees here’s your chance to give some recommendations of things to do, places to go, and people to see! I’m going to be in the Hartford, Ct area for a couple days and then NYC for the next few days.
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@divergirl: When are you coming? Time of year definitely changes what there is to do/see.
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@UpstateCait: Thanksgiving week, will be in NYC the day thanksgiving eve and day!
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I would check out the Thanksgiving Day Parade. I used to go when I was younger (I grew up just outside the city) and it was always alot of fun!
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On Thanksgiving Eve in NYC, go watch the balloons get inflated for the parade! Check out Bryant Park too – the holiday shops and ice skating should be open by then.
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Historic Mystic Village (with the old Whaling ships) or Sturbridge Village are great historic places to viist.
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So many awesome things to do in NYC! Central Park is really pretty right now, with all the leaves on their way out. And besides the billion other things, I’d say check out the fun store windows! Macys, Saks 5th Avenue, and Lord and Taylors are all great store window displays that come to mind. Really fun and seasonal.
Also, I don’t know the date it goes up, but the big Christmas tree may be up in Rockefeller Center. And that’s awesome to check out, 🙂
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@divergirl: You are going to be in my neck of the woods. 🙂 I live about 30 min from Hartford.
One thing that is fun is the casino. We have both Foxwoods Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino. They are about 45 min from Hartford. Believe it or not Mohegan Sun is the largest casino in the US. Foxwoods is overrated, but they do have bingo if you like that. :). People who live here generally prefer Mohegan Sun. It is set up better, has more to do, and is less confusing. Mohgan has slots, and tables games of course but it also has lots of great places to eat – Bobby‘ Burger Place, Michael Jordan‘s, Summer Shack, and lots more – , some really awesome bars – Leffingwells, Ultra 88 and more – . They also offer free concerts at the “Wolf Den”. They have larger concerts in the concert hall. They have some good shops including Tiffany’s, Lush, Cashe, Swarovski, an outdoors store and a bunch of others. It is a fun place to hang out. My friends and I have been going there since we were in high school. It is fun, and has lots of different things to do. You can call and they will give you more ideas or information on anything specific.
Also, if you like shows and don’t feel like paying Broadway prices when you get to New York they have Broadway shows at the Bushnell in Hartford. You could check that out. I don’t know what they might have showing when you are around but it might be worth checking out.
Mystic Village is really cute too like lefeymw said. They have old ships and an old village with shops and such. It is nice for a relaxing day. And the Mystic Aquarium is there. You could check that out. It is nothing compaired to Sea World (which you may have been to being from California) but it is still nice.
I have personally always wanted to go to the Thanksgiving day Parade so if you have the ability I would try to see that!
That is all that I can think of for now…. Hope you have a great trip!!!
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I went to school in Hartford – there isnt THAT much to do but Ill give you my best!
Eat at one of the following places:
1) Ginza – has the best sushi I have ever had in my life
2) Trumbull Kitchen – great all American food and REALLY good cocktails
3) Elbow Room – they are well known for their macaroni (its the best restaurant macaroni Ive ever had)
4) Tapas – literally what it says, a Tapas bar
Go to Elizabeth Park and walk around…go to the State Capitol downtown and walk around Bushnell Park (the carousel may or may not be open)….. go to Simsbury where you can see the largest tree in all of Connecticut (http://www.ctmuseumquest.com/?page_id=318)
If you have time New Haven is only a 20-30 minute drive from Hartford and you can see Yale which has a beautiful campus!
In NYC – go to Highline Park which used to be an old subway that they turned into a high rise park above the city, go to the Chelsea Piers – there is a fun restaurant on a boat called The Frying Pan… go to get some NY pizza…of course Times Square and Central Park are must sees… stop by Gramercy Park and peak through the gates (since you wont be able to go in if you dont live there!) … I can think of more but Im sure you dont have all the time in the world!!!