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One of the most renowned institutions of higher learning in the world, the Yale University has been in New Haven since 1718, while its collegiate school had already been established by 1701. Since inception, its campus has been a dream revered by many aspiring learners, and it continues to shine on the educational horizons of ambitious students across the world. A distinguished embodiment of academic prowess, the Ivy League institution has produced more than 50 Nobel laureates over the centuries. . Many notable people call Yale their Alma Mater, including William Howard Taft, Bill Clinton, and Meryl Streep. On campus, one can effortlessly spot many famous sights such as the prestigious Yale Center for British Art, the Beinecke Rare Book Library, the Collection of Musical Instruments, and the Old Campus that allures students and visitors, alike. The university is home to the illustrious multiple championship-winning NCAA Division I Yale Bulldogs athletic team.
The New Haven Town Green is one of New England's oldest, completed in 1638. Portions of the Green were used as a cemetery until the 1820s when the headstones were moved to the new Grove Street Cemetery. The 16-acre public park is a popular site for concerts and picnics, and an overall excellent gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The Green is also the location of an Amistad memorial. Along the Green there are three churches built in the 1810s: Center Church, United Church and Trinity Church.
Art Plus is an exciting, creative place for both the artistic and not so artistic. Come out and join New Haven's newest entertainment spot for an evening of painting, sipping, and enjoying the company of friends. No experience required! Bring your own favorite beverage & snacks! All classes 100% novice oriented, no skills required, guaranteed! After each class you leave with a masterpiece painted by YOU!
Established in the year 1862, the New Haven Museum is one of the best spots in the city, especially if you want to gain brief knowledge about the local history. The museum comprises of a collection of artifacts from throughout New Haven’s history. Historic art, photographs, period furniture and more are all stocked under one roof here. The museum also hosts various temporary exhibitions as well as cultural programs through the year. Within the museum, you can also take a tour of The Whitney Research Library, that boasts of a collection of rare books and more than than 300 manuscript collections among other historic records and elements. Open five days a week, the New Haven Museum is a perfect place to gather some local historic knowledge.
Connecticut Children's Museum showcases eight different thematic rooms, one designed to resemble the ever-popular Goodnight Moon storybook. Ideally, visiting children are 3-10 years old, but rumor has it that kids as young as one and as old as 12 love this educational and entertainment space.
The David S. Ingalls Rink in Yale University is a specimen of great architecture. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure has been inspired by the sport of skating. It has been the venue for many an exciting men's and women's hoceky games. An audience of 3,486 can be seated in the hall, while there are three locker rooms for the players. The rink is well-lit and has good facilities. A special mention must be made of the reception room which proudly displays photographs of previous games. The rink is open 18 hours a day. Call for details.
Venture into Yale's exciting natural history museum. This is the only museum in Connecticut with fossil dinosaur material on permanent display. The Pulitzer Award winning "The Age of Reptiles" mural (a beautiful work of art in itself) depicts 300 million years of prehistory. Explore the cultures and history of peoples of the world through exhibits on Ancient Egypt, Mesoamerica, the Andes and the Great Plains, just to mention a few. It is best to visit during non-school hours.
Marsh Botanical Garden is situated within the precincts of Yale University. Its name pays tribute to Othniel Charles Marsh, who bestowed this property upon the university. Beatrix Farrand planned the landscape of the garden that houses a wide variety of plant species. Faculty, students, nature lovers, researchers and many other visitors head to this botanical gardens that has four greenhouses, perennial beds, seasonal plants and much more.
An easy drive from downtown New Haven, this park is a beautiful respite from the hustle and bustle of life. As you meander along the curved, tree-lined roads up to the summit, you will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city, Long Island Sound and the New Haven Harbor. There is a prized bird sanctuary, picnic and playground facilities, and if you are in the mood for a brisk walk, there are 10 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy the great outdoors right in the city.
Housed in two buildings at Southern Connecticut State University, the Ethnic Heritage Center houses exhibits, archives and educational programs throughout the year. Exhibits, artifacts and programs are possible through associations with other ethnic historical societies in New Haven and Connecticut. If you are interested in learning about the different cultures and people who make up the area, a trip to the Ethnic Heritage Center is the perfect way to do so.
One of the best in the area, Evan's Toy Shoppe is a locally owned toy store. All the toys are hand picked by the owners to ensure that the selection is top notch in both quality and fun. Kids can pick out everything from baby dolls to blocks, card games, train sets, stuffed animals and everything in between. They also sell kids' bikes and tricycles and can personalize most items in the store.
Located in New Haven's scenic Lighthouse Point Park, this historic carousel dates back to 1916. With over 70 characters to choose from, as well as two chariots, you can take a spin on ornate horses and camels. Make sure you look out for George Washington conducting the orchestra as you make your way around. No trip to this park is complete without a ride on the carousel.