New Haven, CT

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Walk on beaches or in state parks, shop in boutique stores or explore the grounds of one of America’s most famous universities in this pretty coastal town. 

New Haven is Connecticut’s second-largest city, located 81 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of New York City on the Long Island Sound. The city has been an important port since the 1630s. Today it is most famous for being home to the prestigious Yale University, which gives the town a large youth population and an exciting nightlife.

Dine in upscale restaurants or drink in lively student bars in New Haven’s thriving town center. Spend some time exploring the nearby state parks, where you can hike or cycle many miles of trails. Get to know the university better by taking a tour around the grounds. Visit the Yale University Art Gallery and the Center for British Art, as well as the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Find more museums in town. Visit the Shoreline Trolley Museum to take a ride on an old passenger car, or browse the many art galleries.

Keen shoppers could spend a day browsing the many boutique designer stores in New Haven. Take a break in any number of cafés, and finish your day in one of the town’s many excellent restaurants. The variety of eating options reflect the wide-ranging ethnic population in New Haven. Don’t leave without trying a New Haven-style pizza, a simple but delicious concoction with oregano, a tomato sauce and pecorino cheese.

Take a stroll in East and West Rock State Parks or rent a bike and cycle along the Farmington Canal Trail. Head to The Green, a popular park within the city center that’s more than 350 years old. Many of the town’s major events take place here, with the New Haven Jazz Festival in August the most well-known.

Get to New Haven by car following major interstate highways on the East Coast or fly into the city’s Tweed Airport. Trains, ferries and intercity buses also service the city. Once in New Haven, get around using the efficient public buses or walk between many of the major attractions in the downtown area, which also has plenty of parking garages if you are traveling by car.

Where to stay in New Haven

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham New Haven
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham New Haven
2.5 out of 5
400 Sargent Dr, New Haven, CT
The price is $109 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Located in Long Wharf, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Long Wharf Theatre, Yale University, and Knights of Columbus Museum. Wooster Square and Cornell Scott ...
3/5 (935 reviews)
"There were some very nice restaurants nearby and when I left to go to the airport, easy access to interstate."

Reviewed on Oct 4, 2021

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham New Haven
New Haven Hotel
New Haven Hotel
3.5 out of 5
229 George Street, New Haven, CT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $134 per night from Nov 23 to Nov 23
Located in Downtown New Haven, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Shubert Theater and Yale University. New Haven Green and Yale University Art Gallery are ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (964 reviews)
"The blower and light in restroom share one switch. It is not convenient."

Reviewed on Oct 22, 2021

New Haven Hotel
The Blake Hotel
The Blake Hotel
4 out of 5
9 High Street, New Haven, CT
The price is $213 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Located in Downtown New Haven, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yale Center for British Art, Yale Repertory Theater, and Yale University Art Gallery. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (521 reviews)
"Clean, contemporary hotel with excellent location and amenities. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2021

The Blake Hotel
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Niche Cozy Suites Near Yale
Niche Cozy Suites Near Yale
New Haven, CT
The price is $80 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
Located in Dwight, this apartment building is steps from Orchard Medical Center and Hospital of Saint Raphael. Yale University and Yale Center for British Art ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Fantastic New Haven Retreat
"A small cute property with everything you could need! Just a 10 minute walk from Pierson College and the rest of Yale's campus. I would certainly stay again; Michelle was a great and accommodating host."

Reviewed on May 30, 2021

Niche Cozy Suites Near Yale
Kasa New Haven Near Yale University
Kasa New Haven Near Yale University
3.5 out of 5
265 COLLEGE STREET, New Haven, CT
Located in Downtown New Haven, this aparthotel is steps from Shubert Theater, Yale University, and Yale Center for British Art. Yale Repertory Theater and Yale ...
4/5 Very Good! (2 reviews)
"It is centrally located near New Haven green and the Yale campus, providing convenience and safety for visitors. The apartment is spacious and clean and has all of the things that one needs during travels. The only downside is that there is a bar nearby that plays loud music until 2 AM. I had to ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Kasa New Haven Near Yale University
New Haven Village Suites
New Haven Village Suites
3 out of 5
3 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT
Located in Long Wharf, this aparthotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Long Wharf Theatre, Yale University, and Cornell Scott Hill Health Center. Knights of Columbus ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (1,627 reviews)
"Great place, very quiet. Kitchen is a huge plus."

Reviewed on Sep 10, 2021

New Haven Village Suites
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Getting around New Haven

If the weather’s warm enough and you’re not traveling long distances, then consider doing as the locals and students do and cycling around New Haven. Rollerblading is another popular way to get around, but you shouldn’t do this if you’re a beginner. Downtown is small enough to explore on foot, while for longer distances you can take the bus. Rent a car for the greatest flexibility. Visit the Connecticut Department of Transportation website.Browse New Haven rental cars.

Best time to visit

The program of activities in New Haven shifts with the weather, and you’ll find different things to do at different times of year. The summer is the best time to explore the coast: sunbathe or swim at the city’s beaches, or tour the Thimble Islands on a boat trip. During fall, get a taste of rural New England life at New Haven’s farmers markets. Winters are cold, but it’s festive around the Christmas season.

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