Even the casual visitor can sense the vibrant tension between New Haven's dual identifies. On one hand, it's a gritty center of New England industry, with all of the urban dynamics one might expect from this. And on the other, it is the stately and sophisticated home of Yale University, with her ivy-covered walls and gothic architecture. The third ... Read more
oldest college in the nation and one of the premier academic institutions in the world, Yale is also the city's largest employer and taxpayer. These two contrasts have found a way to work together and along with major new downtown development, provide one of the most exciting spots for nightlife, culture and the arts in the northeast. Take in a summer jazz concert on the New Haven Green, try a white clam pizza pie at Sally's Apizza, or examine an orginal copy of the Gutenberg Bible at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Far from being known just for academia, you'll want a visit to New Haven to include a burger from Louis' Lunch. Broiled in an original antique 1898 cast iron stove, this little spot is credited by the Library of Congress for having invented the beefy fast food favorite in 1900.

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Connecticut enjoys a fairly moderate climate year-round with weather that can change in the blink of an eye. In the winter, the whole state is typically covered in snow. However, despite the cold (averaging 26, ... Read more
or -3, in January), there is still plenty to do: ski areas are only quick day trips away from many of Connecticut’s cities. Summers are generally pleasant with occasional heat waves that cause temperatures to soar above 90 (32). Late spring (May and June) and early fall (September and October) are the most mild weather-wise; though autumn’s spectacular changing of the leaves will draw a crowd, especially on the weekends.

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Wethersfield

New Haven is great! Go have a pie at Frank Pepe's or BAR pizza. At bar you want the white mashed potato pizza with bacon......delicious!!

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Local from New Haven

What's not to love about this city? I've been coming here for years, and finally got the chance to move here a month ago.
I have been looking for a place accepting of myself and my partner as members of the transgender community, and this place is perfect.
There's a lot to do here as well, from restaurants and bars to museums and concert halls.
I am in love with this place. I'm so glad I finally live here.

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London

New Haven is a surprisingly hip town. On Connecticut's shoreline, it is, in my humble opinion, the best place in the state to get a hit of current culture. Wander through Yale University, eat some veggie food at Claire's Cornercopia, and maybe catch a show at the Shubert, Palace, or another club.

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Lake Mary
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Visiting the city is wonderful. Park at our rr station and take the train in. Yale University hosts tours, see the theaters, restaurants, shops, galleries, especially newly restored Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art.

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New York City

The home of Yale University, several wonderful museums, great restaurants and more.

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Honolulu

Of course New Haven (NH) is dominated by Yale University and it is interesting how Yale and NH intermingle. It's hard to tell where Yale ends. NH has its gritty poor side but mostly it is a very livable New England town. The Union train station is beautiful and very close to most of town. One well kept secret - NH has the best pizza in the USA and I have friends who come up from NYC to eat New Haven pizza. If you don't believe me - then try it.

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Brooklyn

Connecticut has many different things to do, and are all really fun. From apple picking in the fall, to jumping into a lake in the summer, to sledding in the winter, and to biking in the spring, this place is a paradise.

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Edinburgh

Took in New Haven whilst in Connecticut years ago, absolutely stunning in Autumn, friendly, great food and restaurants, didn't want to come home!

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New York City

There's not much in New Haven other than Yale and the sorts of businesses that cater to college students. After living there a couple of years I was ready to leave.

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New York City

New Haven is not the crime scene it was in the 80's, but it's stlll not my favorite place in Connecticut. Basically, one goes to New Haven for a reason and that reason, more often than not, is Yale University. The campus itself is sprawled across town and the more collegiate parts of New Haven are definitely the nicer areas to spend time. I went to elementary school in New Haven, but I don't go back often and when I am in Connecticut, I tend to want to enjoy the country, although for Frank Pepe's white clam Pizza, I would go to the moon.

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