Things to Do

It’s always a great time to visit Greater New Haven.

Southern Connecticut’s climate offers four seasons of action. At the first sign of spring, shed the winter gear and celebrate nature’s reawakening with The Audubon Shop’s annual bird walks at Hammonasset Beach State Park, the stunning Japanese cherry blossoms along Wooster Street and the breathtaking Daffodil Festival (600,001 bulbs in all of their glory) at Hubbard Park.

Blessed with 40 miles of prime shoreline real estate, sunbathing, swimming and cruising the Thimble Islands are cherished summer pursuits. Soak up the arts outdoors at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the Annual Craft Expo (Guilford) and performances by Elm City Shakespeare in Edgewood Park. The festival season kicks off in August with the Potato and Corn Festival (North Branford), Oyster Festival (Milford) and Odyssey (Orange).

With the refreshing fall air more fairs beckon. The North Haven and Durham fairs are timeless New England agricultural events with livestock, rides and customary carnival treats. Head to the farms to pick-your-own apples and pumpkins or challenge your sense of direction in puzzling corn mazes. If you want to marvel at dazzling fall foliage, try Rt. 63 through Woodbridge and Bethany.

Seasonal lights and holiday shopping merge beauty and practicality from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. In the town centers you are surrounded by festive decorations while you explore eclectic boutiques on the quest for the perfect gift. If ruthless efficiency is your shopping game plan, proceed directly to Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets or The Shops at Yale to whip through your list. In your travels, revel in the illuminated beauty of Silver Lights in Hubbard Park or Fantasy of Lights at Lighthouse Point Park.

Ward off the post-holiday blues with a fun-filled and educational trip to Yale Peabody Museum. If you are a hearty soul, brave the frosty weather to track eagles and seals on their annual pilgrimages.

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  • Fresh from the Farm - Paradise Hills (photo: Sarah Washburn)
  • History - Shore Line Trolley Museum
  • Shopping - The Shops at Yale (photo: Steve Blazo)
  • Arts - Yale Center for British Art (photo: Richard Caspole)
  • Recreation - Joyride Charters
  • Tours - Yale Campus Tours (photo: Michael Marsland)