The Connecticut coastline is not a place to be missed. There are dozens of small hamlets and protected harbors that draw residents and visitors alike to spend a day at the beach or relaxing in the small towns. 

New Haven is in the center of it all. Just about halfway between New York and Providence, New Haven is not only the biggest city on the Connecticut coast but the second largest in the state. 

In this post, we’re going to share everything you need to know about New Haven, CT: Things to see, what to do in the area, and how to get there. 

Things to Do

Even though New Haven is often seen as a place to drive through on the way to New York or Boston, there’s plenty to do in the city. 

Yale University

Front of Yale University

Smack in the middle of New Haven, you’ll find one of America’s prettiest college campuses at the historic Ivy Leauge Yale University. You can wander the yard, take a self-guided tour, or spend some time in the Yale Art Gallery. There are tons of museums to enjoy at Yale. 

East Rock Park

If you’re looking to stretch your legs, East Rock Park is one of the best places to do it in New Haven. This 425-acre park provides hiking and rock climbing trails and some pretty awesome sunset views of the area. Plus it’s a great spot for a picnic. 

Center Church on the Green

One of the coolest things about traveling around New England is seeing some of America’s oldest colonial history preserved. The Center Church on the Green is beautiful, but what you really want to do is head to the basement crypts to see some of the oldest graves in New England.

Five Mile Point Light

5 mile point lighthouse in New Haven, CT

You might forget that New Haven is a city on the sea. So to protect its harbor, a lighthouse was first built in 1805. It’s been re-built and updated through the decades, but you can still visit Five Mile Point Light at the Lighthouse Point Park

Louis’ Lunch

Do you love burgers? Well, Louis’ Lunch should be first on your bucket list. After all, it’s the home of the burger. Don’t take our word for it, the Library of Congress has decreed it! This tiny outpost was built in the late1800s and is still slinging burgers today. 

How to Get to New Haven, CT

Two major highways run through New England, New Haven is at the intersection of both. Interstate 95, runs right along the coastline and Interstate 93, which heads North towards Canada. So, New Haven is an ideal stopping point for a road trip for those who are heading from Maine or Boston towards New York or want to head towards Vermont and New Hampshire.

The next time you’re driving through New Haven, consider taking half a day and checking it out. You’ll probably find a fun new city to spend some time in. If you’re looking to stay a while, don’t forget to check out our sister site,