ASTC 2018 - Local Attractions for Conference Attendees

While you are in Hartford, you may want to see some of our local attractions.

The Connecticut Convention Center is connected to the Connecticut Science Center via the Marriott hotel and is located directly across from the Front Street District offering dining, night life & more. 

Your 2018 ASTC Annual Conference Hosts at the Connecticut Science Center have been planning an exciting variety of special events, tours and adventures for you from the time you arrive and throughout the conference. As the Connecticut Science Center is a valued contributor to our community, the State of Connecticut and the City of Hartford are proud to have this prestigious institution in our capital city.   

  • The Connecticut Science Center is a nine-story museum located on the Connecticut River in Hartford, Connecticut designed by César Pelli & Associates. It opened on June 12, 2009. The building has a total of 154,000 square feet including 40,000 square feet of interactive exhibits consisting of videos, audios, visuals, tactile components, programs, and live demonstrations, including the new Butterfly Encounter.
  • The Connecticut Science Center is Connecticut's premier destination for informal science learning, and is well on its way to becoming the state's foremost Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) resource.

Explore Hartford - In the convention center lobby, attendees can snap a picture of the screen with the Explore Hartford logo and date on it and then display that picture around downtown Hartford at the participating restaurants and attractions. Click here to learn more about the Explore Hartford discount program.

Explore Connecticut - the Gateway to New England

Connecticut is a small state, less than 2 hours border to border, but full of heritage and history. There are plenty of exciting tours and venues that offer a slice of New England for you. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year to visit Connecticut. Stay an extra few days and enjoy our spectacular Fall Foliage!

For an idea of other exciting adventures in Connecticut or the region click here:

 The Big E, also known as The Eastern States Exposition, is billed as "New England's Great State fair". It is the largest agricultural event on the eastern seaboard and the seventh-largest fair in the nation. September 14- 30 West Springfield, MA  just 20-25 minutes north of Hartford