Founded in 1638, New Haven was the first planned city in America. The original nine squares exist today with the historic New Haven Green occupying the center square. Use this Connecticut itinerary.
“The historic New Haven Green and Yale University are just moments from both I-95 and I-91,” said Barbara Malmberg, director of marketing at Visit New Haven. “Fans of art and history will be able to fill their days and nights with museums, galleries and three Tony Award-winning theaters. As a bonus, downtown New Haven is an international destination where you can enjoy cuisine from around the world.”
The Yale University Visitors Center
The Yale University Visitors Center offers daily tours of the university. For 1½ hours, these student-led tours showcase architectural gems of the campus and regale visitors with stories of New Haven. Iconic structures include Connecticut Hall, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine and Ingalls Rink.
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana
No trip to New Haven is complete without a visit to Wooster Street with its widely acclaimed New Haven-style pizza. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana is known around the world for its apizza (ah-beetz), with its signature thin-crust baked in a coal oven. It was/is frequented by the famous, including Frank Sinatra, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.
The Yale University Art Gallery
The Yale University Art Gallery’s permanent collection was founded in 1832 when the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than 100 of his paintings to Yale College. With over 200,000 objects, it has many permanent galleries with works by art legends including van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Cézanne, Picasso, Mondrian and Hopper.
IT™ Adventure Ropes Course
New Haven is home to the world’s largest indoor ropes course, IT™ Adventure Ropes Course, that can be found in a furniture store, Jordan’s Furniture. Two 60-foot-high ropes courses offer over 100 activities like swinging beams, rope ladders, cargo nets and plank-walking. Liquid Fireworks is a water show that pulses to lights and music.
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