Parking in Hartford is a lot easier than people would lead you to believe as long you know a few key facts.

  • Contrary to popular belief, Hartford has ample parking.
  • It’s easy to reach the Science Center on foot or via the free Star Shuttle from many garages.
  • Metered parking is also available throughout the city.
  • Average cost for 3-5 hours is affordable around $8-$14; and daily parking rates average $19.50
    (compared to $33 in Boston and $40 in Manhattan).
  • Remember to secure valuables out of sight, such as dashboard mounted GPS systems.

Parking Recommendations

1. 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

2.CT Convention Center Garage
100 Columbus Blvd
Hartford, CT 06103
5 minute walk to Science Center

3. Front Street North Garage
Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
5 minute walk to Science Center

4. More Hartford Parking Information here.

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 and wristband to the parking cashier. 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 CCEDA.
Learn more about options that don’t require parking.

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.