A Gutenberg Bible, rare prints by the famed ornithologist John Audubon, and other remarkable manuscripts and journals are all located in this library in the heart of the Yale campus. Beinecke houses one of the largest rare book collections in the world, including more than 500,000 printed volumes and several million priceless manuscripts. The building is a rarity itself, designed to protect its holdings from solar damage with translucent marble "windows" that allow in only minimal light.
Famously known as the "most beautiful street in America," the Hillhouse Avenue Historic District is a site that spreads over 18 acres of land. With several traditional homes located here dating to the 19th-century, the site also features homes of some renowned people. The site is worth a visit to watch the beautiful elite constructions of New Haven.
This museum boasts of the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, which includes paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and rare books that chronicle British life from the Elizabethan period to the present. Fifteen hundred paintings showcase the likes of great landscape painters John Constable and JMW Turner. The museum also hosts concerts, lectures, family education days and symposia. The gift shop offers a wide range of collectibles, art reproductions and literature for both children and adults.
Located in the Yale University Campus,the Grove Street Cemetery dates back to being established in the late 18th Century. This cemetery was built in 1796 and was declared as a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Many notable historical figures from Yale and New Haven are buried here, including 14 Yale University's presidents. Tours are available during summers and early winters and show the burial sites of notable people here.
Long Island Sound is a unique estuary where salt water from the sea mixes with the fresh river water, creating a biodiversity of different species of flora and fauna. The Lighthouse Point Park attracts public to this ecosystem, where fishing and boating are among prime activities. Birdwatching, picnics, swimming, carousel and a kiddie playground, are other reasons to visit here. The lighthouse has quite a history and the renovated tower is definitely worth spending some time on. Moreover, Fantasy of Lights, Hawkfest and Paddle Day are events the whole family can enjoy.
Follow your nose to the most distinct district of downtown New Haven. Wooster Street was the center of New Haven's Italian community prior to the construction of I-91 and I-95 that rip right through the heart of the street. Today, Wooster Street is host to New Haven's finest and most renowned Italian restaurants, with the famous Pepe's and Sally's pizzerie. A few blocks up is the famed Lucibello's Italian pastry shop where you can taste all your favorite Neapolitan sweets. Wooster Street is the best part of town to explore and get a great meal.
David Judson built the Capt. David Judson House in 1723 in Stratford, Connecticut. It was built in the colonial Georgian style of architecture. Among the many historic furnishings in the house, is a piano that belonged to William Samuel Johnson, an architect of the United States Constitution. In 1973, the Captain David Judson House was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Capt. David Judson House has now been converted to a museum.
Housed inside the U.S. Baird Building, the Two Roads Brewing Company is is known for its year-round beer line-up that includes Ol' Factory Pils, Unorthodox Russian Imperial Stout and the Honeyspot Road White IPA, among several others. The brewery conducts weekend tours for interested parties on a first-come, first-serve basis. For those who are more eager to sample the brewed goods can do so in their bustling tasting room, open Tuesdays through Sundays. There is also a beer garden where you can gulp down your favorite beer. If you're feeling peckish, bring your own food, or perhaps one of the local food trucks can help you out.
Everyone loves a good scare even when it's not Halloween. Fans of horror and thriller genres are definitely in for a treat at Fright Haven- a haunted house attraction in Stratford Square. The haunted house has some spine chilling experiences and attractions like the "Psycho Ward", "Cabin in the Woods" and "Carnival of Lost Souls". While the faint-hearted may give it a miss, those who just wish to have a great time with family and friends should pay a visit to the Fright Haven.
The lovely Housatonic River runs through Western Massachusetts and Connecticut for 139 miles (225 kilometers). The name of the river comes from the Mohican for "beyond the mountain place" and passes through the western side of the Berkshires. Throughout the year, the river hosts some of the biggest rowing events in New England, such as those of Yale crew and the New Haven Rowing Club.
"Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and feast your eyes on the smallest man in the world"; or so we can imagine the ringmaster's voice as he hosted the most famous three-ring circus in the world. If you want to do more than imagine, spend a day at this three-story museum, which chronicles the legendary PT Barnum's life, his dreams and accomplishments. Don't forget to stop in at the museum shop for a collection of circus memorabilia.
If you are in the mood to see some rare and wonderful animals of North and South America, an indoor rain-forest and a rustic New England farmyard, then this zoo is the perfect outing. It is Connecticut's only zoo, with 52 acres along the shore about an hour east from New Haven. If you have the kids tagging along, there is a carousel to enjoy and picnic groves available in good weather. The zoo also has a snack shop, and there are always souvenirs to purchase at the gift shop!