A day trip to New Haven, Connecticut



For most people, the first thing that might come to mind when hearing Connecticut is Yale University, Mark Twain or Gilmore girls if you’ve watched the show excessively on Netflix or in real time. Whether you’re a fan of pop culture or just a history buff, The Constitution State has fun for everyone, and a visit to New Haven just happens to be first on the list of places to see. With an incredible selection of restaurants, shops, historic landmarks, museums and unique galleries, New Haven, Connecticut is the perfect place to visit – all year round.

New Haven is approximately 2 hours drive from Hoboken and Jersey City. If you’re traveling by train or bus, the trip can take anywhere from 2.5 to 3.5 hours each way – especially during peak hours in the Tri-State area. Here are some must-see places to visit in New Haven – RRead more for a guide on how to spend a day in New Haven, CT.

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Places to eat

BAR | 254 Crown Street

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A staple of the New Haven community, BAR has so much to offer and truly is a multi-faceted place. It’s a popular nightclub, restaurant, microbrewery and pizzeria all in one. It has spacious indoor and outdoor seating, living room, dance floor and more. Serving a traditional New Haven style, thin crust, brick oven pizza, BAR’s famous mashed potato pizza is a staple. After enjoying a mashed potato pizza from BAR, we really can’t disagree.

Copy of Claire’s Corner | 1000, rue de la chapelle

Copy of Claire's Corner

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This adorable, appropriately named vegetarian restaurant has been around since 1975 and the owners’ mission is to provide delicious, healthy, ethical and sustainable food to customers. The restaurant’s origin story is sweet and tells the story of a couple {Claire LaPia and Frank Criscuolo} so much in love they were inseparable and working together was the perfect way to stay close. Both came from Italian-American families who favored the use of clean ingredients in their food to ensure a long and happy life. the menu is extensive with options for all palates. The whole grain vegan pancakes and the farmer’s frittata are both affordable {$ 11} and tasty breakfast options and a wrapped hummus {$ 10} makes the perfect lunch. Claire’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Crazy donut | 290 York Street

Crazy donut

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This delicious donut shop is a family owned business that creates over 45 varieties of fresh specialty donuts in stores every day. Opened in 2015, Donut Crazy has spread to many parts of southern CT. Each month, Donut Crazy has a list of creative and tasty donut flavors, outside of the usual menu options like Boston Cream and Ice Cream. HG tip: The cannoli donut and stuffed maple french toast are both amazing choices. Food Network even named Donut Crazy’s Cannoli Donut the best donut in Connecticut. The shop also offers breakfast products and coffee to accompany your donuts.

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Things to do

International Festival of Arts and Ideas | 160 Temple Street, New Haven

The International Festival of Arts and Ideas will take place from May 14 to June 27, 2021 and the more than 200 events are 80% free. The festival will feature award-winning Jacob’s Pillow choreographer Ronald K. Brown, Indigenous playwright and Forbes ’30 under 30′ theater director Madeline Sayet, as well as a high fashion drama show Hair Art. The full lineup for May and June will be posted later this spring when events are open for booking. The festival is usually held in person, but due to the ongoing pandemic it has been virtually altered.

Skull and bones | 64 High Street, New Haven

Skull and bones

Located on the Yale campus, the Skull and Bones building, according to legend, is home to one of Yale University’s most famous undergraduate secret societies. that many elites and powerful figures would be a part of, including some former presidents, senators and more. Founded in 1832, the secret society inspired the making of the film, Skulls. According to the Yale website, “In 1992, when the still male-only secret society bugged six women and nine men, the elders’ association changed the locks on the doors. After a short standoff and a society vote, both men and women were finally admitted. The Skull and Bones location, a windowless crypt-like edifice that emits frightening vibes {also known as “The Tomb”}, is now a designated New Haven landmark, accessible to anyone who would like to see it in person. but not from the inside.

Square with four circles Art installation at Temple Plaza | 160 Temple Street

Square with four circles

Certainly a trippy spectacle, Square with four circles at Temple Plaza is a cool stopover in New Haven. Installed in 2010, Square with four circles is a 110-foot-tall multidimensional mural, created by a world-renowned Swiss artist, Felice Varini. The exhibition of the work is visible indefinitely. The site of Square with four circles includes the Chapel Street pedestrian crossing at Temple Plaza and the exterior surfaces of the sculptural concrete exit ramp to the Crown Street garage. The site of the artwork is posted in front of New Haven Green and is surrounded by restaurants and shops.

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Yale stores | New Haven

Yale stores

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The Shops at Yale offers a unique collection of over 60 boutiques, national retailers, cafes, casual dining, award-winning restaurants and world-renowned theaters, galleries and museums at Yale University in the heart of historic city. downtown New Haven. Visitors will find stores like Campus customs and Yale Bookstore for all your Yale merchandise, as well as New Haven’s cultural gems like the Yale Repertory Theater, Yale University Art Gallery, the Shubert Theater, and more.

Yale Center for British Art | 1080, rue de la chapelle

Yale Center for British Art

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Founded in 1929, the Yale Center for British Art is the largest museum outside the UK devoted to British art. The museum is free and open to the public {it is currently closed due to the pandemic}. Located in the latest building designed by Louis I. Kahn, the museum is a great place to learn about Modernist architecture. The collections include over 2,000 paintings, 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings + watercolors, 40,000 prints and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts. The works on display include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, JMW Turner and John Constable, as well as great European and American artists who have lived and worked in Britain.

Yale University | 149 Elm Street

Yale University

The last place on the alphabetical list should probably be the first stop on your trip, as you can’t go to New Haven without visiting the campus of Yale University, founded in 1701 – also the third oldest university in the United States. Located in the heart of New Haven and surrounded by delicious restaurants, bookstores and craft shops, the Yale campus is easy to navigate. An the Ivy League school, Yale is highly coveted by many potential students every year, but it is also a breathtaking campus. Student-led walking tours of the Yale campus last an hour and cover history, architecture, and student life. Access to classroom buildings and dormitories is off limits to non-students and foreigners, especially during the pandemic, but there is still a lot to see. Virtual tours are also available online.


Written by: Yarleen Hernandez

Yarleen is an adorable Leo and proud Jersey girl with Cuban roots. She is a freelance actress and writer with an affinity for poetry, astrology and fried plantains. Born in Jersey City and raised in western New York City, where she currently resides, this Hudson County native can usually be found with an Americano in hand, or any drink that contains caffeine. A communications and media culture graduate from St. Peter’s University, Yarleen was editor-in-chief of her university’s newspaper, while also working for the Hudson Reporter and the Jersey Journal. When she’s not on stage, enjoying a new hobby {currently rollerblading}, or typing on her laptop, you can catch her running along the waterfront listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers or while exploring the galleries of New York.



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