Thanks to its convenient location 2 hours from NYC and 2 1/2 hours from Boston, New Haven, Connecticut is great spot for a weekend getaway. It’s located directly on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor route, and is easily drivable on Route 95. In fact, most of the things to do in New Haven are within walking distance, so it’s easy to park your car for the weekend. During my recent stay, I took Amtrak. However, it’s much for affordable to drive if that is an option.
For your weekend getaway, I’d recommend a stay at the Study at Yale, a luxury boutique hotel. See my full review of the Study at Yale here.
New Haven Things to Do
We started our weekend with a complimentary Yale campus tour. Tours are offered on a regular basis (check the schedule on the link above), and are led by students who provide a unique, personal perspective to the tour. Tours are not offered during regular school vacations, and these tours are geared most towards tourists. Perspective students should schedule a separate tour through the admissions office.
Families visiting Yale can participate in the Kids’ Architectural Treasure Hunt. If you are traveling with kids aged 6 to 11, you can ask for a special brochure that children can use to find specific architectural details on the campus.
New Haven is known for their fantastic food, so I definitely recommend taking a walking tour of historic Wooster Square with the Taste of New Haven. Pizza tours are also offered. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking. You’ll also learn quite a bit about the history and architecture of the area.
More New Haven Dining
There are also lots of other fantastic restaurants throughout the area – check out some of my favorites on this post.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is located on the Yale campus. Admission fees are charged, but they are reasonable – $13 for adults and $6 for kids aged 3-18 (and college students with ID). The museum offers a variety of exhibits that are fantastic for children, and there are lots of interactive areas as well. Guided tours are offered on the weekends. It’s definitely a must-visit for families visiting the New Haven area.
The Yale University Art Gallery, located just steps away from the Study at Yale boutique hotel, is free and open to the public. The museum boasts a large collection of various art collections – from modern art to coins and metals. It’s absolutely worth a visit – even for families with children. Since it’s free, you can visit several times over your weekend.
Have you ever been to New Haven? Where have you visited while you were there?
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