Many of the County Links
on the left will keep you specifically in New Haven here in Connecticut. We add new listings and links on a regular basis so bookmark this page and check back often.
Leave the city lights behind, pack your spirit of adventure, and settle in the driver's seat for a country drive through some of Connecticut's most magnificent scenery. Greater New Haven's cities, towns, villages and greens are treasure troves of traditional New England colors, tastes and treats. You'll come upon country fairs on picturesque town greens, rows of antique shops, intriguing boutiques and a curious book collection housed in a barn.
Visit beautiful historic homes and farms, and pause to enjoy the great outdoors. Climb aboard a wagon in farm country, where you can pick your own pumpkins, apples, berries or Christmas trees. Hike, bike, or cross country ski. Bundle up for a hayride. Tour historic houses and gardens from Greater New Haven's earliest days.
New Haven was laid out in a grid plan of nine square blocks; the central square was left open, in the tradition of many New England towns, as the city green (a commons area). The New Haven Green is currently home to three separate historic churches while The Green remains the social center of the city today. It was named a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
New Haven has many distinct neighborhoods. In addition to Downtown, centered on the central business district and the Green, there is the west central neighborhoods of Dixwell and Dwight; the southern neighborhoods of The Hill, historic water-front City Point (or Oyster Point), and the harborside district of Long Wharf; the western neighborhoods of Edgewood, West River, Westville, Amity, and West Rock-Westhills; East Rock, Cedar Hill, Prospect Hill, and Newhallville in the northern side of town; the east central neighborhoods of Mill River and Wooster Square, an Italian-American neighborhood; Fair Haven, an immigrant community located between the Mill and Quinnipiac rivers; Quinnipiac Meadows and Fair Haven Heights across the Quinnipiac River; and facing the eastern side of the harbor, The Annex and East Shore (or Morris Cove).
Want to try a unique vacation? A major New England tourist destination, the village of Mystic, CT
is home to the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration, known for its popular beluga whales. The business district on either side of the bascule bridge crossing the Mystic River contains many restaurants. Local sailing cruises are available on the traditional sailing ship Argia. Short day tours and longer evening cruises are available on the 1908 steamer Sabino departing Mystic Seaport. Mystic Seaport is the nation's leading maritime museum and one of the premier maritime museums in the world.