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New Haven, CT
Travel Guide

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

Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
3 out of 5
63 Grand St, Waterbury, CT
The price is NT$1,535 per night from Mar 20 to Mar 21

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! (968 reviews)

"Good areas were nice but needed better signage. Shower and bath amenities were above excellent."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/6

Courtyard by Marriott Waterbury Downtown
HYATT house Shelton
HYATT house Shelton
3 out of 5
830 Bridgeport Ave, Shelton, CT
The price is NT$2,585 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Roosevelt Forest and within 6 mi (10 km) of SportsCenter of Connecticut and Boothe ...

4.4/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Clean clean room!! We even bring out own cleaner and wipe down all surfaces when we go to hotels, and usually we find that the cloth is very dirty after our initial wipe down. The room we got was SPOTLESS!! I was very impressed. We will definitely be returning and recommending."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/8

HYATT house Shelton
The Blake Hotel
The Blake Hotel
4 out of 5
9 High Street, New Haven, CT
The price is NT$4,436 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Yale University Art Gallery and Shubert Theater. Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale University are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (359 reviews)

"The room was absolutely stunning. The finishes and decor were amazing, it was like a dream apartment. Location is great for new haven and they have free valet parking during covid. I just was a bit disappointed with the front desk staff, I felt they were a bit unprofessional for a hotel of that caliber. ..."…"

Reviewed on 2021/3/8

The Blake Hotel
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.
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$2,232 per night from Mar 9 to Mar 10

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
Kasa New Haven Apartments
Kasa New Haven Apartments
3.5 out of 5
265 COLLEGE STREET, New Haven, CT

Located in Downtown, this apartment building is steps from Yale University Art Gallery and Shubert Theater. Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital are also ...

Kasa New Haven Apartments
New Haven Village Suites
New Haven Village Suites
3 out of 5
3 Long Wharf Dr, New Haven, CT
The price is NT$2,448 per night from Apr 8 to Apr 9

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! (1,610 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 2020/11/26

New Haven Village Suites
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

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 24.210526315789473%
4 - Good
183
4 - Good 48.1578947368421%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 21.05263157894737%
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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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