The Yale University Art Gallery, founded in 1832, and with more than 100,000 pieces in its permanent collection, is the oldest university art museum in the country. The gallery offers an excellent overview of art history, ranging from ancient to modern. There is an exquisite collection of American paintings, and an extensive display of 20th-century European paintings. Classic objects from ancient Egypt and the Middle East, and treasures from the South Pacific and Far East are also on display. Guided tours, lectures, and family programs are all available. Admission is free.
Named after the fraternal brotherhood, the Knights of Columbus museum is one of the finest religiously themed museums in America. Situated beside the Supreme Council office, the museum strives to put the various activities of the Knights of Columbus fraternity into the forefront of the world. The numerous material sources and artifacts pertaining to the fraternity are on show in this Columbus Plaza museum.
Exhilarating activities await at this fun-filled attraction, one which has been garnering widespread attention for its challenging courses. With something for kids and adults alike, It Adventure makes for a rejuvenating excursion, one which will test your abilities and ensure that you have a good time. Be it zip lining or climbing, this attraction makes for an unforgettable experience.
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.
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.
Located in New Haven's historic and vibrant downtown area, and bordered by Yale University, Chapel Street and the eponymous historic district that surrounds it have been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1984. Take a stroll down the street to check out the plethora of architectural styles represented here in one of New Haven's most well known areas. Nowadays most of the buildings date from the 18th Century through the 20th Century.
The National Helicopter Museum documents the history of the helicopter and aviation. Established in 1983 by Dr. Raymond Jankowich and Robert McCloud, the museum traces the progress from the rotary wings to helicopters and aircrafts. The showcased collection includes the gas turbine engines of Bell Helicopter UH-1 Iroquois and Boeing CH-47 Chinook, models of aircraft by Boeing,Bell and Sikorsky among many others. Visitors can also check the operational cockpit of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter. The museum also organises events in the form of lectures by experts.
Connecticut Air and Space Center is located in Stratford, Connecticut. It was founded by George Gunther in the year 1998. It features displays which speak about the history of the Stratford Army Engine Plant, and there are 14 aircrafts on display and eight engines that were built at the plant. The space center is spread on eight acres (3.2 hectares) of land and has six buildings out of which two are operational. Only visitors above the age of 18 are allowed inside the space center.
It is located in a 32-acre (12-hectare) site in Stratford, Connecticut. Built in the year 1840 and remodeled in the year 1914, it is said to be possibly the Oldest Homestead in America, since it sits on the foundations of a house built in the year 1663 and has been continuously occupied since then. The Boothe brothers created a collection of historical buildings which was purchased by the State of Stratford in the year 1949 and since been operated by them. The park includes a carriage house, Americana Museum, miniature lighthouse, windmill, a clock tower, chapel, and a blacksmith shop, among others.
Quaint, historic facades hem the waters edge in Downtown Milford. This charming neighborhood is rife with locally-owned shops and specialty boutiques, alongside cafes, restaurants and theaters. Dine at local favorites like the Seven Seas and Stonebridge, or catch a live performance at the Milford Center for the Arts. Downtown Milford also hosts a variety of festivals each year, the most notable of which is the annual Oyster Festival. Come be enchanted by MIlford's historic downtown.
Founded in 1943, Fairfield University is one of the nation's leading small, liberal arts colleges, conveniently located between New York City and New Haven. There are lovely buildings on campus, including Egan Chapel (a modern church dedicated to St. Ignatius Loyola) and The Quick Center (a performing arts facility). Also on campus, is the boys high school, Fairfield Prep. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the campus offers lovely views of Long Island Sound from the hillside.
Ben Silverman is the one who founded and steered Silvermann's Farm from its nascent stage to become what it is today. Now managed and owned by his youngest son Irv, this farm brings a lovely concept of picking your own food from the huge orchard. A popular attraction for children, take a tractor ride through the fruit lined farm and stop by the barnyard farm to pet animals. This orchard is