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Elizabeth Park is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year. There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated. The Elizabeth Park Conservancy raises funds to maintain the extensive gardens, which includes our nation’s oldest municipal rose garden. To find out how you can support the park, go to the support section.

Gardens and Grounds

A complete list of the gardens, grounds and greenhouses are under the Garden section of this website. Summer, winter, spring and fall, the park offers a public space for all seasons, whether a winter walk or tossing a Frisbee on the first warm spring day.


Restrooms are located in the Pond House Café building. It is opened Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm, and Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Restrooms are handicap accessible.

Handicap Accessibility

There are a number of stone-dust footpaths throughout the park which accommodate wheelchairs. A number of the gardens have turf pathways. Most are handicap accessible. The Heritage Rose Garden is fully handicap accessible. Parking spaces for visitors with disabilities can be found in front of the Pond House Café within the park. Additional designated spaces are located in the lot in front of the greenhouses and in front of the Heritage Rose Garden.


You are welcome to picnic in the park but no fires or barbecues are permitted. There are very few picnic tables, so it is best to bring a blanket. For a delightful lunch or take out items, the Pond House Café, located in the park, offers a diverse and interesting menu. Please go to the Pond House Café link for information about dining in the park.


Elizabeth Park is one of the most photographed places in Connecticut. Rarely a day goes by without “park paparazzi” snapping away. The captivating rose garden arches in full bloom are clearly the darling of the photographers. With our historic structures, gardens and flowers, photographers never run out of subject matter. Photography is encouraged and we invite you to share your images with us on our Facebook.

For questions or information, please call: 860-231-9443, ext. 104
or email us:

Christine Doty
President and CEO

Kathy Kraczkowsky
Co-Director of Park Operations

Elizabeth Park Conservancy
1561 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
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Pond House Café
1555 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford CT 06117
860.231.8823 / phone
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