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There is something for everyone in Greater New Haven. Whether you’re a resident looking to discover new parts of the region for the first time, or a first-time visitor hoping to fit the “best of” into a day, weekend, week or longer, you can’t go wrong.
The shoreline offers beautiful beaches including two beachfront state parks, Silver Sands Beach State Park in Milford and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison. West Haven boasts a 1.5 mile boardwalk along its sandy shores while Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven features both a carousel and a lighthouse. There are a number of great restaurants that offer water views including Stowe’s Seafood, Shell & Bones and the Guilford Mooring. Just off the coastline, you can also enjoy It™ Adventure Ropes Course, the Shore Line Trolley Museum and Stony Creek Brewery.
The New Haven Green is the epicenter of downtown and the perfect spot to start your city experience. Many cultural and entertainment venues, restaurants and retail stores are just around the corner of this very walkable city. The New Haven Museum and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offer two very different perspectives on history. There are several shopping districts in the city, including the Chapel Street Historic District. Here you can find many one-of-a-kind shops showcasing local products. As for food, you have over 130 restaurants within 10 minutes of the Green. Cuisine from around the world abounds, including Italian, Japanese, French, Latino, and so much more. When night falls, you can choose between concerts, theater and cocktails.
If you are looking for an outdoor destination without getting sandy feet, head inland where the offerings change with the seasons. Hamden’s Sleeping Giant State Park (re-opening in Spring 2019) offers a 1.5 mile trail to the mountaintop with views to Long Island Sound. Hubbard Park, in Meriden, hosts an annual daffodil festival and an elaborate holiday light display. In summer, head to Augur Farm in North Branford for a sunflower feast for the eyes. Summer is also a great time to check out the dinners on the farm throughout the region. The rolling hills of Wallingford are home to two bucolic wineries, Gouveia and Paradise Hills, where you can enjoy the view with a relaxing glass of wine all year long.
Serving the following cities and towns: Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Clinton, Durham, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Killingworth, Madison, Meriden, Middlefield, Milford, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Wallingford, West Haven and Woodbridge.Less