New Haven, CT

Travel Guide
New Haven which includes city views, a skyscraper and skyline
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, 06511
The price is $104 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$104
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in New Haven. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
2.7/5 (1,000 reviews)
"The hotel needs a facelift."

Reviewed on Nov 20, 2022

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, 06510
The price is $139 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24
$139
per night
Dec 23 - Dec 24
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in New Haven. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,001 reviews)
"Rooms were very warm. Thermostat wouldn’t let us put temp lower."

Reviewed on Dec 2, 2022

New Haven Hotel
New Haven Village Suites
New Haven Village Suites
3 out of 5
3 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT, 06511
The price is $110 per night from Jan 1 to Jan 2
$110
per night
Jan 1 - Jan 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in New Haven. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,778 reviews)
"great place to stay"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

New Haven Village Suites
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
New Haven Village Suites
New Haven Village Suites
3 out of 5
3 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT, 06511
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly aparthotel in New Haven. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
3.9/5 Good! (1,778 reviews)
"great place to stay"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2022

New Haven Village Suites
Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus Downtown at Yale
Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus Downtown at Yale
3.5 out of 5
240 Congress Avenue, New Haven, CT, 06519
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in New Haven. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 3 meeting rooms. Popular attractions Shubert Theater and Schubert Performing ...
5/5 Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Above and Beyond
"As an avid traveler I haven’t stayed at a place that felt more at home. They went above and beyond to provide a welcoming and clean home away from home. Would absolutely stay here given the chance every time that I’m in New Haven. Can’t say enough good things about the experience."

Reviewed on Oct 10, 2020

Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus Downtown at Yale
Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus at Amistad Park
Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus at Amistad Park
3.5 out of 5
22 Gold St, New Haven, CT, 06519
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in New Haven. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Popular attractions Knights of Columbus Museum and Shubert ...
5/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
"The apartment was immaculately clean and extremely comfortable. I would highly recommend this property in this area"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus at Amistad Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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.

Popular places to visit

Things to do

Read travel guides and advice on visiting New Haven

Cities near New Haven