The Yale campus hosts world-class museums, including the Yale Art Gallery, the Yale Center for British Art, and the Peabody Museum of Natural History, a children's favorite where Rudolph F. Zallinger's famous The Age of Reptiles mural adorns the Great Hall.
Dining opportunities abound, from the Wooster Square neighborhood, where locals debate the merits of Pepe's and Sally's pizza, to fine dining establishments such as the landmark Union League Cafe and Ibiza, which one New York Times critic rated the best Spanish restaurant in the United States.
New Haven is home to numerous parks and other outdoor recreational facilities, including East Rock and West Rock Parks, which provide hiking and spectacular views a few minutes from campus; Yale's acclaimed golf course; the Farmington Canal Linear Park, a former canal and rail bed converted to an 84-mile biking and walking trail from New Haven to Northampton, Massachusetts; and Lighthouse Point Park and Carousel, a picnic and swimming spot on Long Island Sound.
For a more complete listing of all that New Haven has to offer, visit the INFONewHaven website.
Greater New Haven
Just a short train or car ride away from New Haven, you can explore shoreline beaches or visit the beautiful Connecticut countryside.
Coastal towns are intimate, seaside opportunities for recreation, shopping, and fine dining. Go camping at Hammonasset State Park in Madison and enjoy the park's beach areas and nature preserve. Visit Guilford's historic Town Green, or shop popular outlet malls in nearby Clinton. In Branford, take a cruise around the Thimble Islands, a Long Island Sound archipelago described in this New York Times article.
Many students also take advantage of the close proximity to New York City (1.5 hours) and Boston (2.5 hours). Trains, bus, and air travel options are all accessible right in New Haven.