Getting Here

The Connecticut Science Center is located at: 250 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06103

Directions from East of Hartford

  • Take I-84 heading west into Hartford
  • 0.6 mi Merge onto Route 2 west via EXIT 54 on the LEFT toward DOWNTOWN HARTFORD
  • 0.2 mi Route 2 becomes FOUNDERS BRIDGE
  • 0.1 mi FOUNDERS BRIDGE becomes STATE ST
  • 0.1 mi Turn LEFT onto COLUMBUS BLVD
  • The Connecticut Science Center is on the left. Turn LEFT immediately after the building for Parking options.

Directions from West of Hartford

  • Take I-84 heading east into Hartford
  • 0.6 mi Merge onto I-91 S via EXIT 52 toward NEW HAVEN
  • 0.2 mi Take EXIT 29A toward CAPITOL AREA
  • 0.1 mi Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY
  • 0.1 mi Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit
  • 0.2 mi Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD
  • For Parking options turn RIGHT onto BOB STEELE ST, formerly GROVE ST immediately before the building.

Directions from North of Hartford

  • Take I-91 heading south into HARTFORD
  • 0.2 mi Take EXIT 29A toward CAPITOL AREA
  • 0.1 mi Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY
  • 0.1 mi Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit
  • 0.2 mi Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD
  • For Parking options turn RIGHT onto BOB STEELE ST, formerly GROVE ST immediately before the building.

Directions from South of Hartford

  • Take I-91 heading north into HARTFORD
  • 0.3 mi Take EXIT 29A on the LEFT toward CAPITOL AREA
  • 0.1 mi Merge onto WHITEHEAD HWY
  • 0.1 mi Take the COLUMBUS BLVD exit
  • 0.2 mi Turn RIGHT onto COLUMBUS BLVD
  • For Parking options turn RIGHT onto BOB STEELE ST, formerly GROVE ST immediately before the building.

Parking Information

With Hartford's many parking options, it's easy to park when you visit the Science Center! Metered parking is available throughout the city, and there are several garages in the area. It's easy to reach the Science Center on foot or via the free Star Shuttle from many garages. The average cost for 3-5 hours of is affordable at around $8-$14. Why not make a day of it? There's lots to do in Hartford, as well as many great places to eat and drink.

Remember to secure valuables, such as dashboard mounted GPS systems, when you leave your car.

Parking When You Visit

Convenient parking at the Science Center/Riverfront Garage is located at the corner of Bob Steele Street, formerly Grove Street, and Columbus Boulevard, underneath the Science Center building. It is a public garage. If this garage is full, we recommend the Connecticut Convention Center garage located across Bob Steele Street, formerly Grove Street. Additional parking and shuttle information is available from the Hartford Parking Authority.

Members receive $5 flat-rate parking in the Science Center and Convention Center garages when visiting the Science Center, courtesy of the Capital Region Development Authority. To take advantage of the special rate, members must present a valid Connecticut Science Center Membership card to the parking cashier. Members may also be asked to show their hand stamps. The special rate applies only on days the Science Center is open; members using the parking benefit must exit the garage by 6PM.

Please note that the Connecticut Science Center neither owns nor operates the Science Center/Riverfront garage. Parking fees for the garage are determined by Captial Region Development Authority.

Bicycle Parking

You can secure your bicycle on a rack next to our Fuel Cell on Bob Steele Street, formerly Grove Street, or inside the parking garage on Level 1.

Parking Recommendations

Science Center / Riverfront Garage

  • 250 Columbus Blvd
  • Hartford, CT 06103
  • $3 for 1st hour, $2 each additional hour, $19 daily max
  • Mon. – Fri. 7AM – 7PM, Sat. & Sun. 8AM – 6PM
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CT Convention Center Garage

  • 100 Columbus Blvd
  • Hartford, CT 06103
  • 5 minute walk to Science Center
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CT Convention Center Garage (Front Street North Garage)

  • Front Street North Garage
  • Columbus Blvd.
  • Hartford, CT 06103
  • 5 minute walk to Science Center
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For Your Safety

To ensure the safety, comfort, and enjoyment of all visitors to the Connecticut Science Center, please consider leaving bags, coats, and other non-essential items in your car or at home. The Connecticut Science Center reserves the right to search all bags as deemed necessary by Science Center staff. Please note that food and beverages are not allowed in our galleries. Weapons of any kind, and other items considered dangerous or inappropriate by Science Center staff, are prohibited and may be confiscated.

Need roadside assistance? The Hartford Guides Citywide service provides jump starts, tire reinflation, emergency refueling, and auto lockout service. If you're in need of roadside assistance, call (860) 462-0127. Learn more.