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Located in New Haven's scenic Lighthouse Point Park, this historic carousel dates back to 1916. With over 70 characters to choose from, as well as two chariots, you can take a spin on ornate horses and camels. Make sure you look out for George Washington conducting the orchestra as you make your way around. No trip to this park is complete without a ride on the carousel.
Standing 57 feet high, the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located on the reef at the main entrance to New Haven Harbor. Known as the first structure that was constructed in the cylindrical iron foundation, the lighthouse is currently not accessible to the public. The lighthouse can be seen by a boat ride or from a distance from the New Haven Harbor, which looks amazing. The lighthouse is still in use to help in navigating.
A piece of Connecticut's remarkable history, Fort Nathan Hale chronicles myriad tales of the iconic Revolutionary and Civil wars. Fort Nathan Hale is a recreation of a military fort called Black Rock Fort from the Revolutionary War that was built in 1776 in order to protect the area from the British, although the fort ended up being captured anyway in 1779. Having faced the many ravages of time, the fort was rebuilt as Fort Nathan Hale, again, as a defense against the British in the War of 1812. Today, the fort is housed in a rolling, eponymous park, named after Connecticut's official state hero. Perched on the shores of New Haven Harbor, this antiquated site features a tapestry of monuments like the statue of Nathan Hale, a powder magazine and a memorial court where replicas of colonial-era flags flutter in all their glory. Enlisted on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic site has established itself as an unforgettable landmark of Connecticut.
Although West Haven itself is not known for its shiny exterior, its 4-mile stretch of beach (the longest in Connecticut) is terrific. The beaches are a great place to stretch your legs for a walk or a bike ride, or simply take a dip in the Sound if weather permits. The most popular aspect of the area is Bradley Point Beach with a 3.5-mile promenade and boardwalk. Other beaches include Altshuler, Dawson, Oak Street, Peck and Sea Bluff. Parking is $10 for the day and $5 after 4pm.
City Point is a picturesque area of The Hill neighborhood of New Haven. Encompassing an area of 26 acres (11 hectares), it has its roots dating back to 1939. This beautiful historic area has a mix of architectural styles which mainly include the Greek Revival, Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals and Late Victorian. City Point is also home to the Oyster Point Historic District, which is a part of the National Register of Historic Places.
This schooner is a recreation of the tall ship La Amistad that was the site of the mutiny by illegally captured Africans on their voyage to America. The ship was built using all traditional methods and techniques to make the replica as authentic as possible. Tours of the ship are available which inform visitors of the story of the ship, and the ship serves as both classroom and monument as well.
Follow your nose to the most distinct district of downtown New Haven. Wooster Street was the center of New Haven's Italian community prior to the construction of I-91 and I-95 that rip right through the heart of the street. Today, Wooster Street is host to New Haven's finest and most renowned Italian restaurants, with the famous Pepe's and Sally's pizzerie. A few blocks up is the famed Lucibello's Italian pastry shop where you can taste all your favorite Neapolitan sweets. Wooster Street is the best part of town to explore and get a great meal.
New Haven, Connecticut's second largest city is a seaport steeped in a rich history. The city is best known for the learned halls and colleges of the prestigious Yale University campus. The university's three-century old campus is a cultural hub complete with elegant Victorian and Gothic-style buildings, an art gallery filled with an astonishing collection of masterpieces, and a great natural history museum and a rare book library filled with treasures like one of the only surviving Gutenberg bibles. A short way away, the main street, just off the quiet New Haven Green, is full of charming eateries and cozy New England boutiques. Some of the best pizza in the world is rumored to be found here and the dining scene is eclectic and fun. All in all, New Haven is a city that though a little rough around the edges, has plenty to offer those willing to dig a little deeper.