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New Haven, CT
Travel Guide

New Haven which includes city views, a skyscraper and skyline

Walk on beaches or in state parks, shop in boutique stores or explore the grounds of one of America’s most famous universities in this pretty coastal town. 

New Haven is Connecticut’s second-largest city, located 81 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of New York City on the Long Island Sound. The city has been an important port since the 1630s. Today it is most famous for being home to the prestigious Yale University, which gives the town a large youth population and an exciting nightlife.

Dine in upscale restaurants or drink in lively student bars in New Haven’s thriving town center. Spend some time exploring the nearby state parks, where you can hike or cycle many miles of trails. Get to know the university better by taking a tour around the grounds. Visit the Yale University Art Gallery and the Center for British Art, as well as the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Find more museums in town. Visit the Shoreline Trolley Museum to take a ride on an old passenger car, or browse the many art galleries.

Keen shoppers could spend a day browsing the many boutique designer stores in New Haven. Take a break in any number of cafés, and finish your day in one of the town’s many excellent restaurants. The variety of eating options reflect the wide-ranging ethnic population in New Haven. Don’t leave without trying a New Haven-style pizza, a simple but delicious concoction with oregano, a tomato sauce and pecorino cheese.

Take a stroll in East and West Rock State Parks or rent a bike and cycle along the Farmington Canal Trail. Head to The Green, a popular park within the city center that’s more than 350 years old. Many of the town’s major events take place here, with the New Haven Jazz Festival in August the most well-known.

Get to New Haven by car following major interstate highways on the East Coast or fly into the city’s Tweed Airport. Trains, ferries and intercity buses also service the city. Once in New Haven, get around using the efficient public buses or walk between many of the major attractions in the downtown area, which also has plenty of parking garages if you are traveling by car.

Where to stay in New Haven

Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven
Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven
3 out of 5
99 Marsh Hill Road, Orange, CT
The price is NT$3,388 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Situated in Orange, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from PEZ Visitor Center and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Robert Treat Farm. Westfield Connecticut Post Mall and Seabluff ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (188 reviews)

"This is a beautiful property. The rooms are very comfortable. The amenities are great. The pool area is wonderful and spacious. The breakfast is delicious."…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/13

Homewood Suites by Hilton Orange New Haven
Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
3 out of 5
63 Grand St, Waterbury, CT
The price is NT$2,705 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Located in the heart of Waterbury, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterbury City Hall and Palace Theatre. Apothecary Building and Carrie Welton Fountain ...

4.1/5Very Good! (966 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/2

Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
Hyatt Place Milford / New Haven
Hyatt Place Milford / New Haven
3 out of 5
190 Old Gate Lane, Milford, CT
The price is NT$2,914 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26

Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Westfield Connecticut Post Mall and within 9 mi (15 km) of University of New Haven and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"Good location right off the highway, clean and quite"…"

Reviewed on 2021/4/6

Hyatt Place Milford / New Haven
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
New Haven Village Suites
New Haven Village Suites
3 out of 5
3 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT

Located in Long Wharf, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Long Wharf Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University. Shubert ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,611 reviews)

"The fact that we were provided with kitchenware to cook with"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/26

New Haven Village Suites
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Guilford
Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Guilford
2.5 out of 5
2300 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT
The price is NT$2,562 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Situated in Guilford, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Bill Miller’s Castle, Bishops Orchard and Winery, and Guilford Art Center. Hyland House Museum ...

3.6/5Good! (243 reviews)
Decent place to stay for a few nights

"Decent place to stay for a few nights. We were looking for a hotel with a kitchen and this did the trick. Overall place seems clean. First room we got smelled like cigarettes even though it was non-smoking. The associate then offered us another room which was much better. Some furniture and kitchen ..."…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/15

Red Roof Inn PLUS+ & Suites Guilford
Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus at Amistad Park
Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus at Amistad Park
3.5 out of 5
22 Gold St, New Haven, CT

Located in The Hill, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Shubert Theater. Yale University Art Gallery and Yale ...

5/5Exceptional! (11 reviews)

"An excellent experience and One of the best hotels and the new haven area"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/18

Luxury Furnished Apartments by Hyatus at Amistad Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of New Haven

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
92
5 - Excellent 24.210526315789473%
4 - Good
183
4 - Good 48.1578947368421%
3 - Okay
80
3 - Okay 21.05263157894737%
2 - Disappointing
19
2 - Disappointing 5%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 1.5789473684210527%

5/5 - Excellent

Scottfort

Mar 16, 2020

Best pizza

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Feb 23, 2020

It was a great time.

5/5 - Excellent

Kimberly

Feb 4, 2020

Such a cute city a real university town but with lots of history. Great places to eat and have a good time too. Prices are not bad!

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Jan 27, 2020

New Haven is ok. I wouldn't go spend a leisurely weekend there. For business, it was fine. A little loud and dirty, we were right next to the Yale Med school and hospital complex.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

The Yale art gallery museum is really nice and a short walk.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Dec 5, 2019

Well marked to drive around the city

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