The Downtown Historic Gold Loop involves a 1-mile relatively easy and flat walk around the heart of downtown New Britain. You’ll encounter some of the city’s important architecture and monuments, and learn about the city’s early history including one of its most famous sons,”Elihu Burritt, the Learned Blacksmith”. There are a number of stores and restaurants located along this loop, and you’ll experience a few of the city’s wonderful parks and displays of public art.
The Walnut Hill Park Green Loop involves a moderately challenging nearly one and a half mile walk from downtown to and around the historic Fredrick Law Olmsted designed Walnut Hill Park. The Green Loop features many aspects of Walnut Hill Park and the Museum of American Art along with so much more. You’ll also experience the best view of the city from atop “the hill” in Walnut Hill Park. We suggest you bring snack, water, and maybe even a picnic lunch along with you and take your time as you walk the Green Loop. You may also consider combining your tour of the Green Loop with another event happening in Walnut Hill Park such as the summer concerts at the Darius Miller Band Shell or a visit to the Museum of American Art.
The Little Poland Red Loop involves a fairly easy one and a half mile walk from downtown to Broad Street’s “Little Poland” neighborhood and back. Along the Red Loop you’ll learn about the city’s industrial origins which led to New Britain becoming the “Hardware Capital of the World”. The highlight of the Red Loop is the culture you’ll be exposed to from some of the quintessential New Britain establishments that exist along the Red Loop along with the many Polish bakeries and restaurants you’ll find in ”Little Poland”. A visit into “Little Poland’s” Sacred Heart Church is also highly recommended.