Just north of downtown, Riverside Park is a Victorian-era park with something for everyone: rowing docks, a boat launch, volleyball, cricket and playgrounds, plus our challenge course, Riverfront trails, sculptures, fishing and athletic fields.
This park is home to the Riverfront Boathouse, the base of our thriving Community Rowing Program and our Riverfront Adventure Challenge Course program. The Riverfront Boathouse includes a second floor reception space available for your special events or private parties.
Come see the sculpture and artwork, or plan a day of fun - whatever your pleasure, you’re sure to find it at Riverside Park.
Riverside Park is open to vehicle traffic from sunrise to sunset, year-round with later hours during concert, performance and festival events.
Riverside Park has plenty of free, off-street parking available within the park.
Port-o-let facilities are typically available in the parks May through November (availability based on weather and park activity) and during all Riverfront Recapture events.
Food and beverages are for sale during most Riverfront Recapture events. On non-event days, food can be purchased at one of the many area restaurants just a short drive from the Park. Information about local restaurants can be found here.
There are many great things to see and do during your visit to Hartford including museums, movies, parks, cultural events, theater, outdoor activities and more. Visit www.hartford.com for more information.
Riverside Park is also home to more than 4.5 miles of unpaved riverfront trails starting at the Riverfront Boathouse and extending north almost to the Town of Windsor with two distinct trails in the flood plain forest for park visitors to enjoy either on foot or mountain bike. The main trail is wide and starts under a canopy of mature cottonwood and maple trees, passes under a rustic railroad bridge still used by the Connecticut Southern Railroad, and follows the City’s earthen levee for more than two miles until you reach the Tower Brook gully. A noticeable feature, the former Hartford Landfill, will soon become a passive recreational area with tremendous views of the city and beyond. For your return trip to the boathouse, a single track trail follows Tower Brook to the bank of the Connecticut River and weaves its way around hundreds of trees while offering a close-up view of the river and the possibility of seeing a bald eagle, splashing fish, wild turkey or colorful pheasant along the way.
A Sporting Chance for Youth Day is a free, fun-filled day that gives young people the opportunity to sample activities and adventures on the Riverfront. View Details
Two courses, 20+obstacles, one true challenge. Athletes will experience an action-packed day while giving back to our military heroes. View Details
Sporting Chance for Youth Day
Youth of all ages and abilities can come to Hartford's Riverside Park to try rowing, fishing, volleyball, football, soccer, climbing wall, orienteering, golf, baseball, basketball, cricket, mountain biking, and more, all for free! Learn More
Riverfront needs year-round support of our parks, events, and programs. The earlier in the year we receive your donation, the better able we are to plan our events! Learn More