Great Places to Visit

Art Galleries & Exhibits

 

Museums

 

Historic Sites

 

Parks & Recreation Areas

 

Theater & Performance

Art Galleries & Exhibits

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale
Mon-Thurs 8:30am-8pm, Fri 8:30am-5pm, Sat 10am-5pm.
121 Wall St.
New Haven CT
203-432-2972
http://www.library.yale.edu/beinecke/

 

Yale Center for British Arts
Housing the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, this museum was founded when Yale graduate Paul Mellon bequeathed his extraordinary collection of British art to the University. The collection comprises paintings, drawings, prints, rare books and sculpture from the Elizabethan period to the present.
Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun noon-5pm.

1080 Chapel St.
New Haven CT
203-432-2800
http://ycba.yale.edu/index.asp

 

Yale University Art Gallery
Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-6pm.
1111 Chapel St.
New Haven CT
203-432-0600
www.yale.edu/artgallery

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Museums

Barker Character, Comic & Cartoon Museum
Comic strip, cartoon, Western TV & advertising character memorabilia. Tues-Sat 11am-5pm
1188 Highland Ave.
Cheshire, CT
203-272-2357

Eli Whitney Museum
"Exploring the passion for making things".  Changing exhibits, covered bridge, and a wonderful outdoor Water Learning Lab.  Memorial Day - Labor Day: open daily 11am-4pm. Remainder of year: Wed-Fri Noon-5pm, Sat 10am-3pm, Sun Noon-5pm.  Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's day.  Adults $3, Seniors & children $2
915 Whitney Ave
Hamden CT
203-777-1833

http://www.eliwhitney.org/
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Explore the wonders of the natural world! Outstanding permanent collection of dinosaur fossils, prehistoric mammals, dioramas, birds of CT, human origins, cultures and more. Call for special events and children's programs. Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm, closed January 1, Easter, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31. $5 Adults; $3 Sr. Citizens (65+) & Children (3-15).
170 Whitney Ave.
New Haven CT
203-432-5050

www.peabody.yale.edu/

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Historic Sites

Jonathan Dickerman House
Carefully preserved late 18th century farming home; includes herb garden with plants used in documented folk medicines. Open July-August, weekends 1-4pm.; call for appointment Sept-June. Free.
105 Mt. Carmel Ave.
Hamden CT
203-248-6030

 

Eli Whitney Barn
"1816 Barn" which offers country dances, folk music and summer theater.
916 Whitney Ave.
Hamden CT
203-248-5924

http://www.eliwhitney.org/

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Parks & Recreation Areas

Hamden Parks & Recreation
For a Listing of all Hamden Parks & Recreation Areas, including a listing of the facilities which are available for each park please click Hamden Parks/Facilities.

 

Lake Wintergreen
Part of West Rock State Park. Nature trail around lake as well as additional trails in the park. Canoeing and fishing. Sunrise to sunset.
West Rock Park Main St.
Hamden CT
203-946-6521

 

Laurel View Country Club
Par 72, 18 holes.
310 West Shepard Ave.
Hamden CT 06518
203-288-1819

http://www.laurelview.net/

 

Pardee Rose Garden
Over 50 varieties of roses, peak bloom June-July; annuals, perennials, and herbs. Garden in bloom Apr-Oct. Daily. Sunrise-sunset.
180 Park Rd. East Rock Park
Hamden CT
203-946-8142

 

Quinnipiac Trail
The 23 mile Quinnipiac Trail is the oldest in the Connecticut Blue Trail system. The trail passes over Sleeping Giant State Park and Mt. Sanford along its route from Quinnipiac River State Park in North Haven to Route 68 in Cheshire.

 

Regicides Trail
This 6.3 miles trail begins in West Rock Ridge State Park at Judges Cave and follows the crest of the West Rock Ridge range northward and ends at the junction of the Quinnipiac Trail in Hamden. Part of CT's blue trail system.

 

Sleeping Giant State Park
32 miles of hiking trails, picnic area and shelter, river stocked with trout for spring fishing. The tower trail, as well as some of the other trails, lead to a stone tower offering a 360° view of the countryside. Winter: Cross country ski trail can be accessed from either Chestnut (east side) or Tuttle Roads (north side.) 8am to sunset. Fee charged weekends and holidays Mid-Apr-Nov 1.
200 Mt. Carmel Ave.
Hamden CT
203-789-7498
http://www.sgpa.org/

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Theater & Performance

Hamden Symphony Orchestra
The HAMDEN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA is a volunteer orchestra of more than 50 members affiliated with Quinnipiac University. Founded in 1962 by Ruth Brooks, it provides cultural enrichment to the Hamden and Quinnipiac communities through its series of concerts, its annual Young Musicians Concerto Competition, and by the orchestral experience it offers to area musicians and soloists. Membership is open to all qualified musicians, subject to openings in a particular section. Quinnipiac students and faculty can participate and students can earn college credit.
P.O. Box 185412
Hamden, CT   06518
203-248-3770

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 New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Under the Artistic  Leadership of its Music Director William Boughton and Associate Conductor Gerald Steichen, the 70-member orchestra annually performs a symphony concert series, a pops series, and a family series, as well as more than 120 education programs that reach over 30,000 children across Connecticut. Founded in 1894, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the fourth oldest symphony orchestra in the nation.
(203)865-0831
http://www.newhavensymphony.org/

 

 

Long Wharf Theatre
A not-for-profit regional theatre offering eclectic productions of classics and exciting new works. For over 30 years, Long Wharf has been a vibrant arts organization bringing award-winning theatre to Connecticut and the world. Box office hours: Mon 10am-6pm; Tues-Sat 10am-9pm; Sun 12-5pm. $10-$41. Student & senior discounts.Rush tickets available 1/2 hour prior to performance.
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven CT 06511
203-787-4282

www.longwharf.org

 

Shubert Performing Arts Center
Since its opening in 1914, the Shubert Theatre has earned the title "Birthplace of the Nation's Greatest Hits." The theatre has evolved to a not-for-profit, full-service performing arts venue which serves as the heartbeat of the region's cultural life. Backstage tours by appointment. September-May. Admission price varies..
247 College St.
New Haven CT 06510
203-562-5666
or 888-736-2663
http://www.shubert.com/

 

Yale Repertory Theatre
Since its establishment in 1967, the Yale Rep has provided opportunities for both faculty and students to gain dramatic training and professional experience. It is known for its fresh interpretations of the classics and its premieres of new works. Season runs  October through May. $10-$34.
1120 Chapel St.
New Haven CT
203-432-1234

www.yale.edu/yalerep

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