By Susan Hayes
Walking Tours of New Haven
http://www.walkingtoursofnewhaven.com/New Haven’s cultural treasures, innovative city vision and rich history make it a unique urban locale for a family daytrip. The city simply oozes historic charm with majestic Yale University stands like some homegrown Hogwarts at its center. You may have driven by New Haven on interstate 95, perhaps stopping by Ikea for some Scandinavian designed furniture or a killer cinnamon bun or taken in a show at the Schubert or Long Wharf theatres. All worthy pursuits, but it may be time to explore New Haven a bit further.
In 2007 the Greater New haven Chamber of commerce Leadership Center developed a series of walking tours of the city. Each tour includes maps and mp3 audio files that are available on their web site. The downloads are free of charge. A few highlights of the theater and museum tour include stops by the white Space Gallery, Union League Care, Skull and Bones, HarknessTower, Old Campus and Luis Lunch, the originator of the hamburger. The Bienecke area tour includes the scroll and key secret society, the sculpture garden, Mory’s, Toad’s place, the book and snake secret society, grove street cemetery and more. Other tours available are the Audubon street tour, the tour around the green and the popular historical ghost tour. What a great way to discover the city’s hidden gems! You will see the side of New Haven many residents may even be unaware of! Don’t miss the parking information on the web site. It could save you some money.
358 Springside Avenue
New Haven, CT. 06515
If your family members not fans of the history channel, but are more likely to be found digging in the dirt or watching animal planet then a visit to New Haven’s Common Ground is an ideal Saturday destination for you. Common Ground is a twenty-acre urban demonstration farm offering programs that focus on sustainable living and the study of the Natural world and includes educational gardens, animals and hiking trails. During Open farm days, guests can visit the animal yards, explore the farm and enjoy special events, family activities and workshops for adults. Common ground’s web site has a plethora of information, listing upcoming events, costs and registration details.
Where to EatFrank Pepe Pizzeria
157 Wooster Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Claire’s Corner Copia
1000 Chapel Street
New Haven, CT
While visiting the elm city, you are bound to get hungry. If you have not done so already, you really need to visit Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria which was founded in 1925! Frank Pepe’s created New Haven thin crust pizza and is famous for their signature white clam pizza. The tomato pie is also a classic and may appeal to the younger set in your party. If New Haven pizza is too predictable for you, try Clare’s Cornorcopia, a warm and inviting vegetarian café. The menu on the blackboard is too immense to take in on your first visit. Go with your first choice and you will not be disappointed. Clare’s is a colorful, appealingly eclectic family friendly eatery and well located to boot. The desserts in the case are decadent and will get the attention of even the most skeptical diner!
New Haven can offer the day tripping family just about anything they are looking for. Get to know the city you may have taken for granted as the first stop on the train to New York City.