Things to Do in New Haven, CT

Our list of the best things to do in New Haven, Connecticut, features the top 89 nearby activities — including 29 great attractions with user approval ratings of 90% or more!

New Haven, CT has a variety of great sights and experiences nearby. Top categories include: Museums & Galleries, Sights & Landmarks, Outdoors, and Entertainment & Shows.

The results below include the top 20 things to do within the city of New Haven, CT , followed by 16 popular activities in nearby cities, including Shelton, Branford, Bridgeport, Meriden, Middletown, New Britain, Westport, Clinton, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden and Madison

New Haven, CT

Highlights
  • Art Museums - 10 Activities
  • Performances - 9 Activities
  • General Shopping - 7 Activities
  • Parks - 6 Activities

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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
1
0.6 Miles

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, CT 06520
Museums, Natural History Museums
Part of Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History is one of the foremost American museums dedicated to the natural sciences. It is particularly renowned for its collections of fossils, gems and other geological discoveries.

Rating

89%
236 Votes
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Yale University Art Gallery
2
0.1 Miles

Yale University Art Gallery

1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06520
Museums, Art Museums
The Yale University Art Gallery is a free institution dedicated to art education, appreciation and preservation. The museum's collections include illuminated manuscripts, coins, historical weaponry, tapestries, sculptures, paintings, bronzes and examples of many other art forms.

Rating

94%
214 Votes
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Yale Center for British Art
3
0.1 Miles

Yale Center for British Art

1080 Chapel Street at High St, New Haven, CT 06520
Museums, Art Museums
The Yale Center for British Art is a free art museum that holds the largest collection of British art outside of Great Britain. It features a restoration shop and climate-controlled rooms for viewing antique paper documents.

Rating

94%
194 Votes
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Long Wharf Theater
4
1.2 Miles

Long Wharf Theater

222 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT
Performances
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the Long Wharf Theater is a professional theater heavily involved in community activities, outreach and creative participation. The theater sits on the New Haven Harbor.

Rating

91%
116 Votes
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Shubert Theater
5
0.1 Miles

Shubert Theater

247 College St, New Haven, CT
Performances
New Haven's Shubert Theater was founded in 1969 and maintains a vibrant, diverse repertoire of plays, concerts and musicals. It is a non-profit organization and offers many discounted ticketing programs that make the productions accessible to low-income individuals.

Rating

83%
80 Votes
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Taste of New Haven
6
1.5 Miles

Taste of New Haven

96 Blake Street, New Haven, CT 06511
General Tours
Gourmands love Taste of New Haven, a Connecticut walking tour provider specializing in culinary tourism. Tour participants learn about the city's rich history as they sample its finest and most unusual edible offerings.

Rating

100%
58 Votes
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West Rock Ridge State Park
7
3.6 Miles

West Rock Ridge State Park

Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT 6515
Hiking Areas, National & State Parks
Hamden's West Rock Ridge State Park is free to visit. Its visitor center includes composting toilets. The park features several exclusive hiking trails, and multiple trails for mountain bikers and guests on horseback.

Rating

85%
13 Votes
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Shore Line Trolley Museum
8
4.1 Miles

Shore Line Trolley Museum

17 River St, East Haven, CT 6512
Museums, Specialty Museums
Nestled in East Haven, Connecticut, the Shore Line Trolley Museum offers a look back to the heydey of trolleys and streetcars. Patrons may purchase rides on a restored trolley or browse the museum.

Rating

79%
29 Votes
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Thimble Islands
9
6.2 Miles

Thimble Islands

Kayaking & Rafting, Islands
Numbering roughly one hundred islands, the archipelago called the Thimble Islands sits off the coast of Connecticut. The islands are a popular destination for locals and tourists, including anglers and boating enthusiasts.

Rating

90%
89 Votes
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Route 146 Scenic Drive
10
8.3 Miles

Route 146 Scenic Drive

Route 146, Branford, CT
Scenic Drives
Stretching horizontally across Branford, Connecticut, the Route 146 Scenic Drive affords breathtaking coastal views. The route is accessible to passenger vehicles and bicycles and provides convenient entry to the Stony Creek Harbor.

Rating

76%
17 Votes
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