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Pardee-Morris House—beautifully restored and preserved home near Lighthouse Point Park shows you what life was like for a prominent New Haven family in the 1700s. The home is maintained and run by the New Haven Colony Historical Society, and is open weekends June through August. After your tour of the museum, walk around the park to enjoy a panorama of Long Island Sound.
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.
Long Island Sound is a unique estuary where salt water from the sea mixes with the fresh river water, creating a biodiversity of different species of flora and fauna. The Lighthouse Point Park attracts public to this ecosystem, where fishing and boating are among prime activities. Birdwatching, picnics, swimming, carousel and a kiddie playground, are other reasons to visit here. The lighthouse has quite a history and the renovated tower is definitely worth spending some time on. Moreover, Fantasy of Lights, Hawkfest and Paddle Day are events the whole family can enjoy.
Take a break from your hectic city life and spend some time amidst nature as you visit the Long Wharf Nature Preserve. This nature preserve is home to variety of flora and fauna that are native to Connecticut. Witness the native cactus, Opuntia Humifusa or just enjoy the sight of colorful flowers, for this is a great spot for a day outing with your loved ones. The marsh land also sees the beautiful egrets regularly and makes a scenic spot for photography as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.