Proposing can be a tricky thing; when a simple “yes” or “no” could change the course of your life, there’s a lot of pressure to get everything perfect. Location matters a lot when it comes to proposing, which is why a lot of people choose to propose in places that already mean a lot to them, such as the location of their first date. But sometimes that isn’t an option— maybe those places are miles away, or maybe they just aren’t good places to pop the question. For those looking for good places to propose in Hartford, here are our top five picks.
Though it might not be the first place that would pop in your head, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is quite a versatile place to propose. Love the excitement of a public proposal? The outside of the museum has high foot traffic— and stunning grounds to boot. Like a little more privacy? The quiet halls offer plenty of spots for an out-of-the-way proposal. Clever types can easily find a romantic painting as a segue into the big question. No matter what your dream proposal is, there’s a spot at the Wadsworth to make it happen!
A proposal in beautiful historic gardens is sure to be memorable! Try attending their Tree Walk for a proposal surrounded by gorgeous foliage, or pop the question under the historic Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch. Even better, take a ride on their vintage carousel, then propose on (wooden) horseback! Wherever you are in Bushnell Park, you’ll be surrounded by nature and history, perfect backdrops for the start of a marriage.
Connecticut Science Center Butterfly Encounter
There’s no creature more perfect for a proposal than a butterfly; not only is it beautiful, but its famous metamorphosis represents new beginnings, just like how marriage is the start of a new era in a relationship. The Connecticut Science Center hosts up to 50 different species from all around the world in their Butterfly Encounter, and not only are they allowed to fly freely around visitor, but they’re friendly enough to land on your shoulder. Imagine a butterfly landing on your partner as you pop the question; it must be good luck!
You don’t have to fly all the way to Venice for a proposal on the water! The Becky Thatcher Riverboat cruises along the Connecticut River, showing riders all the best natural sights and pieces of Connecticut history. Time your proposal for a part of the tour that your partner will love or pop the question at the very end before taking the steam train back to Essex Station.
If your Christmas present to your partner this year is a marriage proposal, Glow Hartford is the place to do it. With one million holiday lights lit throughout the facility, you’ll be surrounded by holiday cheer no matter where you take a knee. You could also pop the question on the Glow-comotive train ride, or even get Saint Nick himself to help you as you take your annual Santa photo. It would certainly be a memorable Christmas card!
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