Best places: Things to dos in New Haven

Discover the best places in New Haven, curated using our unique algorithm blending 'Top Rated' and 'Most Reviewed' establishments. Uncover the city's gems and must-visit locales for an unforgettable experience. This list contains 60 places from Things to do category.

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Yale University Art Gallery
Art museum
Museum showcasing art from many regions & centuries housed in a Louis I. Kahn building & others.
4.80 (2.3K reviews)
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Yale Peabody Museum
Natural history museum
Exhibits & dioramas on evolution, natural environments & human origins, with a regional focus.
4.70 (1.3K reviews)
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Edgerton Park
25-acre storied estate converted to a public park with community gardens, greenhouses & events.
4.70 (579 reviews)
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St. Mary's Church
Catholic church
πŸ‘πŸ‘ Attended a wedding there. Inspiring service. Beautiful architecture. Nice for taking pics.
4.90 (219 reviews)
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It Adventure Ropes Course
Amusement center
πŸ‘ The ropes course here was really fun! It had a good variety of levels and challenges to offer. The light display and zip lines were also really cool. However, for the part where you jump off from the top, there was only one platform open even when it got busy. Ended up waiting almost a half an hour...
4.60 (1.3K reviews)
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West Rock Ridge State Park
State park
A 627-ft. ridge offers views of New Haven Harbor & Long Island Sound, with hiking, fishing & more.
4.60 (805 reviews)
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Fort Nathan Hale
Historical landmark
πŸ‘ I love that it's a historical site, and one where people fought for our independence but.... for it to be closed on Memorial Day weekend and no flags flying is just wrong! This place is flanked on one side by a U.S. Coast Guard Station and on the other by a U.S. Armed Services Reserve Center which s...
4.60 (744 reviews)
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Lighthouse Point Park
City park
An 1847 lighthouse anchors this beachfront that is popular with swimmers & a prime birding spot.
4.50 (3K reviews)
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The Mead Visitor Center
Visitor center
πŸ‘πŸ‘ I lived near Yale my entire life and never took a drive to visit the campus until last weekend. The general guided tour was fun, insightful and definitely worth it. The tour took a little less than an hour. Be sure to wear your walking shoes since you’ll be walking and standing the whole time. I was...
4.60 (538 reviews)
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Long Wharf Park
Narrow area on the water offering walking paths, benches & a pier with historic schooner replicas.
4.50 (1.5K reviews)
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Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center (formerly Knights of Columbus Museum)
History museum
πŸ‘πŸ‘ A wonderful museum for the whole family. Set up excellent! There is an awesome gift shop on the first floor.The staff are very friendly and well informed about exhibitions. It's a gem in the city of New Haven Free parking under the building with elevators to the museum and benches throughout the mus...
4.70 (288 reviews)
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Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
University library
Yale University's architecturally unique library with a vast collection of rare books & manuscripts.
4.80 (194 reviews)
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Pinckney Bend Distillery
πŸ‘πŸ‘ The staff makes sure the tastings are an entertaining experience, even for non-spirit drinkers like my wife. You can choose between a whiskey or gin flight. They take the time to tell you how each is made and offer lots of facts about the process. Each tasting ends with one of their signature gin an...
4.90 (151 reviews)
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Soldiers and Sailors Monument
War memorial
😠 7/15/22 I've tried on several occasions recently to take the drive up to the summit parking at the monument atop East Rock Park. Apparently all the PAVED roads leading up there are closed to vehicular traffic. I cannot find any explanation for these closures Whatever reason the city had for closing...
4.70 (232 reviews)
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Kentucky Railway Museum
Rail museum
Train-related exhibits & events (including children's activities) highlighting Kentucky railroads.
4.50 (668 reviews)
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John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
Performing arts theater
University entertainment venue with live concerts & comedy on two stages, along with an art gallery.
4.60 (333 reviews)
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East Shore Park
😐 This is a good place to come fish. The city and State have made necessary repairs and added β€œamenities” to make it fishermen friendly. If folks use water lines to clean afterwards, we contribute to the life of this pier. They even have a place where you can place your disposed of fishing line. It’s...
4.60 (305 reviews)
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Pardee Seawall
πŸ‘πŸ‘ The best place to see sunset in East Haven, even better than the lighthouse in my opinion.
4.70 (203 reviews)
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Wooster Square Park
πŸ‘πŸ‘ Lucky to be here when the cherry trees were in full bloom
4.80 (145 reviews)
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Jury Park
City park
😐 We arrived and got to swim for about 5 minutes when they blew the whistles and informed us they were closing early. Apparently a gun had been spotted in the parking lot. We did get a rain check.
4.50 (358 reviews)
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