Things to Do by Town 


Sometimes a town just captures your imagination and you want to explore more. These brochures feature attractions organized by town. There is a map to help you plan your route.



Bethany

Bethany Farm

Rural is Beautiful.

Rural evokes a sense of our agricultural past. Rural accepts and acknowledges some diversity in its natural and man-made surroundings. We are rural and rural goes hand-in-hand with our sense of community and belonging.

Over 58% of Bethany’s land is undeveloped, either protected open space or privately held undeveloped land, be it farm, field or forest. Our rural landscape is accessible and enticing; it tempts you to spend time outdoors enjoying it.

Stop in at any of our local shops, stores, or farms and you’ll find friendly people who will remember your name the next time they see you. Bethany is the only rural town in New Haven County and rural is what makes Bethany unique. www.bethany-ct.com 

Branford

Harrison House

Branford was first settled in mid-1644 as part of the New Haven Colony and officially renamed in 1653 after the Town of Brentford, England. The 20th century has brought some changes to Branford, but much of its historical heritage remains in the form of old buildings and well-preserved villages.

Listed here are many of the historic homes as well as important architectural landmarks of Branford’s rich history.

Those who visit Branford can take in a seasonal cruise (or private charter) to our majestic archipelago of islands called the Thimble Islands. Branford’s Center is home to several shops, restaurants and coffee houses that line the Main Street along with the historic Town Green being at the center.

Branford is proud of its history, quality of life and economic vitality. Visit today! www.branford-ct.gov 

East Haven

Shore Line Trolley Museum

Originally known as Iron Works Village, East Haven was incorporated in 1785. Located along Long Island Sound, beach living is one of the many assets the town has on offer. The town green hosts a lively summer concert series with visitors and locals alike enjoying music on Sunday afternoons.

The town’s Shoreline Trolley Museum offers a living history of the trolley route between New Haven and Branford from 1907-1947. In 1947, the museum immediately assumed operation of the line, making this the oldest continuously operating suburban trolley line in the United States and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Shore Line Trolley Museum continues to operate restored trolleys over a 1.5 mile segment of the Branford Electric Railway.  www.townofeasthavenct.org 


Guilford

Henry Whitfield House State Museum

Founded in 1639. Guilford has a small, historic, charming atmosphere which is highlighted by its rustic character and individuality. Unique characteristics include the Town Green with tree lined abutting streets that boast the third largest collection of historical homes in New England, dwellings from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. Enjoy the numerous boutique shops, antique markets and art galleries that also surround the Green as well as the historical museums that display Guilford’s heritage. www.ci.guilford.ct.us 

Hamden

Sleeping Giant State Park

The Land of the Sleeping Giant encompasses forests, historic sites and scenic byways for outdoor recreational activities. The Farmington Canals connect to various pathways surrounding Hamden’s diverse neighborhoods. Many museums also dot the area, often with historical sites and houses. Highlights include historical sites like the Eli Whitney Museum and the George Atwater House. Hamden has an excellent network of colleges and universities and is home to Paier College of Art and to the mighty Bobcats of Quinnipiac University. Century old family operated farms like Hindinger Farm & Vignola Farm provide a variety of fresh produce to Hamden’s locals and seasonal farmer’s market. Hamden has the ingredients to craft unique and memorable experiences. www.hamden.com 

Madison

Scranton Memorial Library

Originally a portion of Guilford, Madison was first settled about 1650 on land bought from the Nehantic and Mohegan Indians in 1641. The Town of Madison, named for President James Madison, was incorporated in 1826.

Today, Madison shines with New England charm. Downtown is highlighted by a traditional town green and a centrally located shopping district featuring locally owned retail shops.

The town also offers a host of outdoor activities. Madison is home to Hammonasset Beach State Park, Connecticut’s largest shoreline state park, with over 2 miles of shoreline. Visitors can also enjoy over 20 trails that range from a leisurely stroll to challenging treks. www.madisonct.org 


Meriden

Corn

Our city includes 24 square miles with well-preserved geological features, over 3,000 acres of municipally owned park space and 74 different recreational areas. We are located at the “Crossroads of Connecticut” and conveniently located just two hours from New York City and Boston. www.meridenct.gov 

New Haven

New Haven Green

Nicknamed the “Elm City,” New Haven is both steeped in history and booming with creativity and innovation. Thanks to Yale University, one of the world’s premier institutions for higher learning and research, and Yale-New Haven Health, one of the nation’s top healthcare systems, New Haven increasingly functions as one large business incubator and accelerator for dozens of biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical-device companies. Once the state’s co-capital, New Haven also serves as Connecticut’s cultural hub, boasting an abundance of established theaters, museums, music venues, award-winning restaurants, and artistic events.

Working together, these economic forces sustain a growing, increasingly diverse, and exciting community, forming one of the most attractive small cities in the country in which to work, live, and visit. As the most walkable and eminently affordable city between New York City and Boston, New Haven offers the perfect place for creative people with ideas to innovate. Perhaps that’s why John Traynor, Chief Investment Officer from People’s Bank, recently stated that “The future of Connecticut is going to be driven by the New Haven engine.” Isn’t it time you discovered the best-kept secret in New England for yourself? www.newhavenct.gov 

North Branford

Augur Sunflower Farm

This early mill and farming community incorporated from Branford in 1831.

North Branford is one of those very special places to live, work, and enjoy the many recreational opportunities the community has to offer. When visiting, make sure you stop by one of our many businesses to eat, relax, and purchase that special something. Enjoy all the working farms we have in town and be sure to stop by all of them to pick up something fresh. www.townofnorthbranfordct.com 


North Haven

Farm Stand

North Haven is steeped in history and our citizens have a true sense of spirit, service and civic pride in their community. We all strive to make North Haven a vibrant place to live, work and visit. We are a unique blend of small town living, great schools, retail establishments, restaurants, shopping and services. We continue to focus on our mission to promote our economic growth and minimize the tax burden for our residents. Our goal of targeting new economic opportunities in all areas will continue to strengthen our town financially while bringing more employment opportunities to the area. We remain committed and strong with a bright future here in North Haven. www.town.north-haven.ct.us 

Orange

Scranton Memorial Library

Established in 1822, the Town of Orange is 17 square miles containing quiet neighborhoods with a New England charm and a boasting commercial section along Rt 1 with shops, restaurants, hotels and entertainment venues. The town has various operating farms, three 18-hole golf courses, and over a thousand acres of hiking and walking trails set on seven major areas. The tight-knit community gathers at fairs, festivals, town concerts and the Farmers Market all held within the picturesque town center and historical district. With easy access to I-95 and the Merritt Parkway, visitors can spend the day attending a fair, shopping and grabbing a meal at one of our many restaurants, or enjoying family time at one of the town’s entertainment venues. www.orange-ct.gov 

Wallingford

Wallingford Historic Home

Wallingford is a picturesque New England community.  Wallingford provides an excellent school system and is home to Choate Rosemary Hall, a nationally known private preparatory school.  Recreational and cultural attractions include the Paul Mellon Arts Center and the Live Nation Oakdale Theater.  Wallingford is an attractive community with many shops, great restaurants, wineries, breweries, open space areas and farmland.  Town-wide events include Celebrate Wallingford, Season of Celebrations and during the summer, a Farmers Market and Twilight Tunes are weekly events.  We are proud of our community - Wallingford is a great place to live, work and visit. www.wallingford.ct.us 


West Haven

West Haven Beach Gazebo

Welcome to West Haven, Connecticut’s youngest city! Whether you are coming here to live, work or play, West Haven has something for everyone. Discover the beauty of our shoreline, the culinary delights of our restaurants, and the charm of our downtown. www.cityofwesthaven.com 

Settlement of the area of New Haven known as "West Farms" began about 1648. The separate parish that was organized In 1715 Included the areas now called Orange and West Haven. In 1882 they became the town of Orange. The borough of West Haven was created In 1873.Not until 1921was the town of West Haven Incorporated and in 1961 made a city.

One of the British raids during the Revolutionary War was directed against New Haven In July 1779. British ships anchored off West Haven; soldiers came ashore, destroying property and fighting their way to New Haven. www.cityofwesthaven.com

Woodbridge

Woodbridge

Woodbridge is a family friendly small rural town with an excellent school system just a 20-minute drive from the New Haven Green.

The business district is home to quality restaurants, unique shopping and recreation opportunities while the rest of the Town is dotted with small farms, rolling hills, rock outcroppings, historic homes and dramatic views.

Shop Woodbridge, Dine Woodbridge, Try Woodbridge! For a full listing of all Woodbridge businesses, visit www.Woodbridgect.org/Business