301 East River Drive, East Hartford

Walk to Hartford, launch your boat, take a waterfront stroll or enjoy lunch at Great River Park. With its 350-seat amphitheater and many sculptures, the park is a pocket of cultural beauty surrounded by nature. Almost two miles of paved and lighted riverwalks make all the areas and amenities the park offers accessible to all. Located just across the water from Hartford, pedestrians can easily reach the city by crossing either the Founders Bridge Promenade or Charter Oak Bridge.

Park Amenities

  • Boat launch
  • Performance facilities
  • Free onsite parking
  • Picnic tables
  • Paved & lighted walkways
  • Fishing access
  • Public bathroom/ port-o-lets
  • Sculptures/ public art
  • Exercise stations


Open year round, with later hours during concert, performance and festival events.


Free, off-street parking available within the park. Parking may be restricted on certain event dates.


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 & Beverage

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 within walking distance or a short drive from the park.  

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Upcoming Park Events

Riverfront Summer Pops - Saturday, May 28

The Middletown Symphonic Band kicks off the Summer Pops series with a Memorial Day Weekend performance, returning on 7/23 and 9/10. View Details

Swing Dancing by the River - Saturday, June 04

Enjoy a night of dancing by the river with Simply Swing, an amazing 10-piece swing orchestra. View Details

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