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New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven is the second-largest municipality in Connecticut. Located on the state’s southern border with the Long Island Sound, New Haven is approximately 70 miles from New York City and easily accessible. I-95 connects New Haven with New York and areas south west, while I-91 connects the city to the north, including Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont and Canada. Amtrak offers rail service to New York City, Washington, DC and Boston. Rail service is also provided to Springfield, Massachusetts and Hartford. Bus service is readily available, and Tweed New Haven Regional Airport offers US Airways flights. A popular scenic option for walking, running, biking or blading is the Farmington Canal Trail featuring 14 miles of rail trail. There are plans to eventually connect the trail to Northhampton, Massachusetts.

Originally settled by Quinnipiac American Indians, the New Haven area was sold by the tribe to Puritans from the Massachusetts Bay Colony in exchange for protection from the Pequot tribe. In 1638, the settlers created a grid of four streets by four streets that formed a nine-block area. Named a National Historic Landmark, these streets now form New Haven’s Downtown. The central block, New Haven Green, is now a 16-acre park and recreation area.

Picture of New Haven Green

New Haven Green

Prior to World War II, the city’s economy was based on manufacturing, but the city fell into decline shortly afterwards. While New Haven is undergoing revitalization efforts, its reputation as a gritty city is well deserved. The downtown area, however, is vibrant. The Old Campus of Yale University, the third oldest institution of higher learning in the US, borders New Haven Green, and impressive Colonial and Gothic architecture can be found throughout this area. A number of parks and the Marsh Botanic Garden create a city oasis.

New Haven boasts a variety of museums and cultural attractions. An original Gutenberg Bible is on display at The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Museum. The Knights of Columbus Museum, founded in New Haven in 1882, is a museum exhibiting art and artifacts related to the history of Catholicism. The Eli Whitney Museum is the site of a former factory of Yale graduate and inventor of the cotton gin, Eli Whitney. The museum offers many activities for children, as does the Connecticut Children’s Museum. Long Wharf Pier features a life-size recreation of a Tall Ship, the Freedom Schooner Amistad. Three repertory theatres stage performances, and the city boasts a Symphony Orchestra.

Well more than 100 restaurants are located within a few blocks of the New Haven Green alone. A myriad of dining options from cheap eats to Zagat-rated establishments can be found. Ethnic cuisines range from the very familiar (Italian and Chinese) to the exotic (Ethiopian and Peruvian) and everything in between.

Things to Do in New Haven

Arts

Arts

Long Wharf Theatre
The Long Wharf Theatre is a Tony Award-winning regional theatre based in New Haven.

The Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-787-4282

New Haven Chorale
The New Haven Chorale is an auditioned professional chorale presenting beautiful choral music in a season that runs from October to May.

New Haven Chorale
PO Box 1897
New Haven, CT 06508
Phone: 203-776-7664

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the United States.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
105 Court Street, Suite 302
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-865-0831

Shubert Theater
The Shubert Theater presents the finest in theater in a season that runs from November to June.

Shubert Theater
247 College Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-624-1825

Yale Repertory Theatre
The Yale Repertory Theatre presents new plays and “bold interpretations of classics” in a season that runs from October to April.

Yale Repertory Theatre
1120 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 203-432-1234

Attractions

Attractions

Lighthouse Point Park
Lighthouse Point Park is home to the New Haven Lighthouse at Lighthouse Point as well as the antique Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park (1916).

Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Road
New Haven, CT 06512
Phone: 203-946-8019

Museums

Museums

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Museum
Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Museum is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted to rare books.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Museum
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-432-2977

Connecticut Children’s Museum
The Connecticut Children’s Museum has eight thematic and community-inspired rooms that are sure to delight young and old alike.

Connecticut Children’s Museum
22 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-562-5437

Eli Whitney Museum
The Eli Whitney Museum in nearby Hamden, CT is an historic site, museum, and workshop. It is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM.

Eli Whitney Museum
915 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06517
Phone: 203-777-1833

Knights of Columbus Museum
Located in the city where the Knights of Columbus were founded, the Knights of Columbus Museum is a repository and gallery for documents and artifacts pertaining to the Knights of Columbus, and a museum featuring exhibitions of artwork and history.

Knights of Columbus Museum
One State Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-865-0400

New Haven Museum
Three hundred and seventy-five years of New Haven’s history come to life at the New Haven Museum.

New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Avenue
New Haven CT 06510
Phone: 203-562-4183

Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art “is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture”. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday from noon to 5 PM. They are closed on major holidays.

Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Phone: 877-274-8278

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History has as its mission “to advance knowledge and a broad understanding of Earth’s history, life and cultures.” The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM, and Sunday from noon to 5 PM. They are closed major holidays.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue
New Haven, CT 06511
Phone: 203-432-5050

Yale University Art Gallery
The oldest university art museum in the country, the Yale University Art Gallery has extensive collections housed in several buildings. The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 5 PM. From September to June they are open late on Thursdays until 8 PM. They are closed on major holidays.

Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
Phone: 203-432-0601

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New Haven Weather

Summers in New Haven tend to be relatively warm and humid with temperatures ranging from 62 degrees Fahrenheit to 83 degrees Fahrenheit in July, typically the warmest month. Winters are cold with temperatures averaging from 17 degrees Fahrenheit to 35 degrees Fahrenheit in January, the coolest month. Precipitation is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. March is typically the driest month with average precipitation of 3.24 inches, and May is typically the wettest month with 4.7 inches.

Current New Haven Weather

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Sunny, along with a few afternoon clouds. High 74F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.
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Mostly sunny skies. High 74F. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph.

Photo credits: The picture of New Haven is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported, 2.5 Generic, 2.0 Generic and 1.0 Generic license. The picture of New Haven Green is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License.

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