|Attractions in Connecticut|
The city of New Haven is also most famously known for being home to Yale University, and being the birthplace of pizza and hamburgers.
New Haven is also one of the major cities in Connecticut that is facing the sea, which makes New Haven one of the most popular summer vacation spots in New England.
New Haven CT is a great place to visit all year-round, and you’ll be glad to know that the city has plenty of cultural attractions on offer, as well as many events and festivals such as New Haven's Saint Patrick's Day parade in March, Green Summer Concerts in July, the New Haven Jazz Festivals in August and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in June.
If you’re looking for a list of interesting places and cool attractions in New Haven to take with you, below, you’ll find a handy list of must-see attractions and things to see:
If you’re planning on taking various walking tours of New Haven’s historic districts, you’ll definitely want to include Hillhouse Avenue to the top of your list of places to visit in New Haven CT. The avenue is literary filled with beautiful 19th-20th century villas and antebellum houses.
If you’re interested about the history of the famed arms maker - Winchester Guns -, you’ll be glad to know that New Haven CT was home to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company. You can see the old building and factory at the corner of Winchester Avenue and Munson Street.
Wooster Square district is another of the top places to visit in New Haven CT, especially if you’re a fan of Italian cuisine.
The district is known as New Haven’s “Little Italy” and it’s here you’ll find lots of historic homes, lovely cafes, Italian pastry shops and eateries such as the famed Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria – the birthplace of pizza in America.
Wooster Square district is also home to a beautiful park – Wooster Square Pak - which is home to the statue of Christopher Columbus. There is also a lovely local farmer’s market every week, which is worth exploring.
Yale University is one of the main reasons most people travel to New Haven CT in the first place and it is, without a doubt, one of the top places to visit in New Haven CT.
The best way to learn about Yale's history and see all of its attractions is on a walking tour. The University has a Visitor’s Center where you’ll be able to book guided tours, though you’ll also be able to explore the University on a self-guided tour.
Yale University is also home to three of the top cultural attractions in New Haven CT. They include:
- the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library - which houses a Gutenberg Bible.
- the Peabody Museum of Natural History – which boasts cool exhibits on dinosaurs and an ancient Egypt.
- the Collection of Musical Instruments - which boasts a lovely collection of string, wind and keyboard instruments, as well as a sound gallery.
Lighthouse Park (pictured) is located overlooking the ocean on the south-eastern tip of New Haven, just past Tweed-New Haven Airport.
Lighthouse Park is one of the most popular family parks in New Haven CT since it has a beach, an old-fashioned carousel and plenty of grassy areas where you can enjoy recreational activities and picnics. The park also hosts many family-friendly events such as Paddle Day in the Ausgust, and an annual hawk show in September.
Whitney Avenue is another of the top historic districts to visit on a walking tour during your trip in New Haven CT.
Whitney Avenue district is one of the biggest historic districts in the city and also boasting beautiful 19th century houses and villas, as well as other buildings like a school, an old fashioned fire station and museums such as the New Haven Museum and Eli Whitney museum.
Eli Whitney museum
Eli Whitney Museum is located on the northern side of Edgerton Park and it’s one of the top museums to visit in New Have CT, and one of the best places in New Haven to spend a fun day out with the family
If you’re interested in history, you’ll be able to learn about Eli Whitney’s life, and his inventions such as the cotton gin and the Winchester gun. The museum also has a special kid’s area where the little ones can enjoy fun activities.
New Haven Museum
The New Haven Museum is another of the places to visit in New Haven CT to learn about the founding of the city. Besides the history, the museum boasts many exhibition rooms featuring paintings and 18th century artifacts like a cotton gin and industrial machines.
There is also a library at the New Haven Museum where you’ll find a large 18th-20th century manuscript collection.
Connecticut Children's Museum
If you’re traveling with the family, the Connecticut Children's Museum is one great attraction to take the family to enjoy a fun day out checking out fun exhibits. The museum also offers educational programs so you can enrol the kids to one of the museum’s fun programs such as mural painting and story telling time.
This children’s museum is located on the corner of Wall Street and Orange Street, and it’s one of the biggest in the state boasting several fun themed rooms.
Fort Hale Park
Fort Hale Park is located in East Haven, just opposite New Haven Airport, and it’s another great attraction to add to your list of places to visit in New Haven CT, especially if you’re a history buff.
Fort Hale Park is one of the few free attractions in the city and you can easily arrange a guided tour with one of the park’s rangers. Alternatively, you can visit the visitor’s center to get free brochures of the park and explore it on your own.
Fort Hale Park also runs Fort Wooster Park and Pardee Parkway which you can also visit on a guided tour.
If you plan to visit these two places on your own, Fort Wooster Park has a lovely memorial dedicated to the Quinnipiac Indian Tribe, while Pardee Parkway is home to the famed Pardee Morris House and a memorial garden dedicated to Anita Wells.
Long Wharf Pier
Long Wharf Pier is located a short drive from New Haven’s city centre and it’s another of the places to visit in New Haven CT.
If you love nature, you’ll love bird spotting from the pier, though you can also enjoy ship-spotting and see cargo ships calling on the Port of New Haven.
On the pier, you’ll also find real-size replica of the famed Amistad vessel, which is open to the public for tours.
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