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New HavenUnited States of America

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

New Haven which includes a river or creek and kayaking or canoeing as well as a couple

Downtown

4/5Very Good!(137 area reviews)

While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like New Haven Green and New Haven City Hall.

Downtown
The incredible dioramas of the Peabody museum at Yale.

Each one has been carefully created. They are fantastic works of art with awesome details. 

The museum is well worth a visit. There are lots of exhibitions including dinosaurs and a great 'touch this' room. 

There's no coffee shop but there is an interesting store #sciencetourist #museum

East Rock

East Rock is well-liked for its monuments. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater New Haven area, you might plan a trip to Peabody Museum of Natural History or Wooster Square.

East Rock
Coxe Cage, home to Yale men's and women's indoor track and field teams. Very unique building with a banked Mondo track.

West New Haven

2/5(17 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in West New Haven, Connecticut Tennis Center and Yale Bowl are top sights worth seeing.

West New Haven
Sun eye - CT

Long Wharf

3.5/5Good!(228 area reviews)

Long Wharf is popular for its ample dining options, and you might make a stop by Long Wharf Theatre, a top place to visit in the area.

Long Wharf
Sunset at Castle Rock.

Branford Center

Travelers like the parks in Branford Center, and Stony Creek Brewery is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Branford Center
Lighthouse Point Park which includes a sandy beach

East Shore

You'll enjoy the beaches and museums in East Shore. You might want to make time for a stop at Lighthouse Point Park or Five Mile Point Lighthouse.

East Shore

Top Hotels in New Haven

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HYATT house Shelton
HYATT house Shelton
3 out of 5
830 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT
The price is $93 per night

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Roosevelt Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of SportsCenter of Connecticut and Boothe ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (986 reviews)

"Overall good stay.. rooms were clean , staff were nice"…"

Reviewed on May 29, 2020

HYATT house Shelton
Hyatt Place Milford / New Haven
Hyatt Place Milford / New Haven
3 out of 5
190 Old Gate Lane, Milford, CT
The price is $97 per night

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Westfield Connecticut Post Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of New Haven and ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,901 reviews)

"Clean, friendly, big room! Fridge in room was great."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

Hyatt Place Milford / New Haven
Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven
Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven
3 out of 5
99 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT
The price is $119 per night

Situated in Orange, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from PEZ Visitor Center and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Robert Treat Farm. Westfield Connecticut Post Mall and Seabluff ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)

"Very clean, and friendly staff.."…"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2020

Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven

Popular places to visit in New Haven

Yale University
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Yale University

4.5/5(528 reviews)

Enjoy the collegiate vibe around Yale University, a top college in New Haven. Stroll along the beaches or experience the area's art scene.

Top things to do in New Haven

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Connecticut
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Connecticut

$10
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in New Haven
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Vacation Photographer in New Haven

$250
Per adult
Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Connecticut
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Connecticut

$20
Per adult
New Haven Scavenger Hunt: Yale & Beyond
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New Haven Scavenger Hunt: Yale & Beyond

$20
Per adult
Bridgeport Scavenger Hunt: Connecticut's Biggest Sights
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Bridgeport Scavenger Hunt: Connecticut's Biggest Sights

$20
Per adult
Vacation Photographer in Hartford
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Vacation Photographer in Hartford

$250
Per adult

Reviews of New Haven

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
91
5 - Excellent 24.010554089709764%
4 - Good
183
4 - Good 48.284960422163586%
3 - Okay
80
3 - Okay 21.108179419525065%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 5.013192612137203%
1 - Terrible
6
1 - Terrible 1.5831134564643798%

5/5 - Excellent

Scottfort

Mar 16, 2020

Best pizza

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

It was a great time.

5/5 - Excellent

Kimberly

Feb 4, 2020

Such a cute city a real university town but with lots of history. Great places to eat and have a good time too. Prices are not bad!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

New Haven is ok. I wouldn't go spend a leisurely weekend there. For business, it was fine. A little loud and dirty, we were right next to the Yale Med school and hospital complex.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

The Yale art gallery museum is really nice and a short walk.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 5, 2019

Well marked to drive around the city

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