Whether you are planning to visit for a day or a weekend, or if you are planning to relocate, you are welcome in Hartford! Check out these special areas of interest… Additional information about the Hartford Community, can be found on the Community page.
City of Hartford Parks & Recreation The City of Hartford is home to 18 parks with over 200 acres that offer everything from children’s play equipment and sports fields to shelters and even an ice rink and disc golf. Hartford also has a public outdoor pool with a waterslide and a toddler wading pool. The Parks and Recreation Department offers programs for residents of all ages, including seasonal sports and fitness, swimming lessons, dance, pre-school education, adult education, youth enrichment courses, arts and crafts and teen events.
Kettle Moraine State Forest — Pike Lake Unit – The forest is named after the 446-acre, spring-fed kettle: Pike Lake. Powder Hill, a large glacial kame, provides the opportunity for a great hike and view. Visitors can enjoy camping, swimming, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and much more within the forest.
On a rainy day or enriching education opportunities, residents & visitors will enjoy time spent at our spectacular Jack Russel Memorial Library. With 19 Internet stations and Wi-Fi access, movie times, children’s activities, and plenty of space for quiet time, research and school projects, there is always plenty going on!
Also available in the community are club sponsored recreation programs, such as Hartford Sideliners Soccer and Hartford United Soccer Club, Hartford Youth Wrestling, Hartford Youth Football and Hartford Select Baseball.
The Parks and Recreation Department also features a Recreation Center. This facility houses a fitness center with elliptical machines, treadmills, free weights, and other exercise equipment. The Signicast Family Aquatics Center is also a valued part of the facility and our community, providing something for everyone from water aerobics classes to recreational swimming for the entire family.
If you enjoy golf, you’ve come to the right place! The Hartford area features a number of highly rated courses ready and waiting. The Washington County Golf Course, a par-72 golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Arthur Hills, ASGCA, measures over 7000 yards from the back tees. The longer length of their course ensures that every shot counts and their accessible anytime rates makes it a great outdoor option for recreation. The course at Hartford Golf Club features 6,529 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Their practice facilities showcase their great care and attention to course detail and their restaurant and grill makes the course a popular destination for golfers seeking a great view of the surrounding countryside. Just a short drive away is Erin Hills Golf Course home to the 2011 U.S. Amateur and one of only six public-access courses ever to be awarded the U.S. Open coming in 2017.
Spectator sports enthusiasts can take in the action with several professional teams including Green Bay Packers NFL football, Milwaukee Brewers baseball, Milwaukee Bucks NBA basketball, Milwaukee Admirals hockey and Milwaukee Wave soccer.
Whether you are looking for fine dining, causal, a sit-down family dining experience, a quick sandwich, or a quaint coffee shop, Hartford has a wealth of options.
Stop by the newly-renovated Perc Place for a delicious soup, sandwich or cup of gourmet coffee. Taste the authentic Mexican food delights at Puebla’s Mexican Restaurant. Or how about a tasty Friday fish fry at the Mine Shaft, Wisconsin’s largest restaurant! For an elegant dining experience, check out the nearby Fox ‘N Hounds restaurant.
Gotta grab a quick meal? Hartford also offers a wide array of the most popular national fast food chain fare including Jimmy John’s, Pizza Hut, Culver’s, Mc Donald’s, George Webb, Papa Murphy’s Pizza and many more.
Along with the great food, Hartford’s restaurants and dining venues provide friendly service and memorable atmospheres.
Whether you choose the historic Westphal Mansion Bed & Breakfast or the Jordon House Bed & Breakfast or from the area’s fine selection of hotels including the AmericInn, Super 8 or the Erin Motel & Restaurant, you won’t be disappointed!
And brand new lodgings also available at the Erin Hills Golf Course (proudly the site of the 2017 U.S. Open!)
Schauer Arts & Activities Center – This comprehensive arts and theatre complex houses a 571-seat theatre, an art gallery, and the Community School of the Arts. The theatre hosts a variety of musical and dramatic performances throughout the year. For a complete schedule of events, link to their website above.
Wisconsin Automotive Museum — Wisconsin’s largest Automotive Museum featuring Hartford Wisconsin built Kissel cars and Wisconsin built Nash cars is located in the very same building as the Schauer Center. More than 100 in total of all types and years. Also a 250 ton operating Stem Locomotive and huge Lionel train layout.
Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary — Over 400 acres of peace and beauty! A landmark of Wisconsin and listed on the National Register of Historic Locations. Pilgrims walk the half mile outdoor Way of the Cross with 14 groups of life-size sculptures representing the Passion of Jesus. Others pray at the Lourdes Grotto. Thousands of visitors climb the 178 steps to the top of the observation tower inside one of the Church spires for an unparalleled glimpse of the dramatic rural surroundings. There is a full weekend Mass schedule and daily religious services. Special seasonal events occur throughout the year, including a live Nativity, uplifting religious concerts, and the annual Holy Hill Arts & Crafts Fair. Gift Store is open daily and The Old Monastery Inn Cafeteria provides tasty meals and simple snacks. Enjoy the Sunday brunch throughout the year.
Chandelier Ballroom — Built in the 1920’s, this architectural masterpiece is the largest freestanding facility of its kind in the state of Wisconsin and has been painstakingly renovated to restore its original grandeur. The Chandelier Ballroom continues to delight thousands, offering the most elegant surroundings for receptions, conventions and private parties. Throughout the year the grand ballroom hosts numerous events from big band swing to rock ‘n roll to classical to polka.
Museum of Wisconsin Art — Located in neighboring West Bend, the Museum of Wisconsin Art is home to a premier collection of Wisconsin art throughout the ages.
West Bend Company Regal Ware Museum — Capturing 100 years of aluminum products the West Bend Company Regal Ware Museum perpetuates the legacy of two Washington County pioneers producing gadgets and appliances that found in almost every kitchen today.
Along historic Main Street in downtown Hartford, there are shops for home décor and collectibles, flowers and gifts, jewelry, hobbyist supplies, outdoor sporting supplies, specialty coffee, and a nostalgic ice cream parlor and candy store.
While strolling through downtown, you’ll admire the historical ambiance of the classically designed streetlights and benches, as well as the peaceful fountains, millpond and waterfall just east of Main Street.
Shopping opportunities continue as you travel through town. Stores and restaurants line Highway 60 (Sumner Street) east and west and provide easy access to housewares, clothing and resale shops, and other specialty goods and services. State Highway 83, just south of Downtown Main Street, offers an old-fashioned fresh frozen custard stand, movie theater, hardware store and more.