The 10 Best Things to Do in North Haven, United States

August 7, 2017 Marianna Hollaway

North Haven is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut on the outskirts of New Haven, Connecticut. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 24,093.
Restaurants in North Haven

1111 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2301 +1 203-432-0600
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5 based on 786 reviews

Yale University Art Gallery

Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings of 200,000 objects range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. FREE and open to the public. On December 12, 2012, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of the renovated and expanded museum. The expanded Gallery transforms the visitor experience of both the museum and its esteemed collections. The project united the 1953 modernist structure designed by Louis Kahn, the 1928 Old Yale Art Gallery, and the 1866 Street Hall into one continuous structure while maintaining the distinctive architectural identity of each.

Reviewed By kzsull01 - Windsor, Connecticut

My husband and I visited the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday, March 4th, 2018. This museum is excellent and offers a comprehensive view of various types of art. It has quite an impressive and beautifully curated collection of objects. We have visited this museum multiple times in the past and have always found it to be very enjoyable, interesting and educational. Each different type of art on display is in its own gallery, usually having multiple rooms, and has a very nice overview describing the art as well as such aspects as its historical, cultural, political and religious impact, depending on what is applicable. We spent about an hour in the museum this time and did not see all the exhibits. Our focus this time was on the special exhibits on the fourth floor as well as a few of the galleries on the second floor that we did not have the opportunity to spend as much time in as we would have liked during our last visit. It would probably take at least four hours to see the entire museum. This museum is definitely worth the visit and has a very nice added bonus of free admission. The only drawback of this museum is that it does not offer free parking and you may have to pay to park depending upon where you park and when you come.

The ‘Japan’s Global Baroque, 1550 – 1650’ special exhibit was exquisite with elegant objects illustrating the critical role that both imported and domestic goods played in Japanese art and culture during the momentous period of the 16th and 17th centuries. The ‘Pompeii: Photographs and Fragments’ special exhibit highlights the changing representations over time of Pompeii, a city destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and since then frozen in time through excavation and preservation. Large-scale photographs of Pompeii are on display and show the ongoing cycles of deterioration and preservation that mark it as a living landscape. Images of reliefs, frescoes, paintings and sculptures as well as fragments of ancient Roman wall paintings and a number of other different types of domestic objects from the period and region are also displayed within this exhibit making it both very interesting and unique. Both these special exhibits were nicely done and worth seeing.

In addition to the special exhibits, we went to the second floor. On the second floor was beautiful European Art, including vibrant Italian Renaissance paintings, a gallery of Dutch Art as well as excellent paintings by such artists as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas and many others. Also on this floor was a large collection of Asian Art, including exhibits on the ‘Line as Design in Japanese Art’, the ‘Origin of Chinese Writings’, art from the Safavid (modern day Iranian) dynasty, art of a popular, playful, and powerful Hindu god Krishna, with the ‘Krishna: The Divine Cowherd’ exhibit, and much, much more.

Below I included what we saw during our visit in late November 2017 to give highlights on the remaining galleries in the museum to provide a complete review of the entire museum and all it has to offer, which is definitely quite a bit.

On the first floor we enjoyed the African Art exhibit highlighting major themes that unite different local traditions to understand the aesthetics, meaning, and historical depth associated with this art. On display were many items, including masks, sculptures, statuettes, chairs, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and horns. This was a nicely done exhibit. Also on the first floor was Ancient American Art, with art of the Maya, from Mexico to the Andes. There was also Art of the Ancient Mediterranean with objects providing insights into politics, culture and religion, including statues, coins, wood carvings, vases, ceramic figurines, numismatic curiosities as well as many other artifacts. The next gallery on the first floor was the Dura-Europos (modern day Syria) gallery. Included was Tomb24 in the Necropolis at Dura-Europos. Also in the exhibit was armor, the shrine to the god Mithras, jewelry, pottery and textiles. In addition, there was the first known painting of the Virgin Mary and the earliest surviving house church. All the exhibits on the first floor were very interesting, enjoyable and educational, with much historical significance.

On floor 2E there was American Art before 1900, with historical paintings on the American Revolution, including George Washington at Princeton and Trenton and other paintings by John Trumbull depicting such subjects as the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Bunker Hill. As we continued through the American Art galleries there were portrait miniatures, self-portrait prints, sculptures by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and landscape paintings of multiple places, such as, the Catskills, Niagara Falls and Mount Katahdin, all very beautiful.

There was also quite an extensive collection of American Decorative Art housed in multiple galleries, broken down into time periods, from the 17th century to the present day. In these galleries were many items, such as, furniture, including chairs, chests and highboys. There was also silver, tin glaze earthenware, pottery, dinnerware, and rooms from both a North Branford and a Hebron home, among many other items. In addition, there was an impressive exhibit on American coins, medal and silver from 1670 to the present as well as Benjamin Franklin items on display.

The third floor had an Indo-Pacific Art Gallery, with the art of maritime South East Asia, as well as a Modern and Contemporary Art and Design exhibit with paintings, including some by Pablo Picasso, sculptures, furniture and decorative arts.

We highly recommend this museum. It definitely has a lot to offer, much more than what I have mentioned here. I only provided some highlights in this write-up based on our experience during our visit. We hope that you have the opportunity to visit it and enjoy it as much as we did.

2. Sleeping Giant State Park

Hamden, CT +1 860-424-3000
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4.5 based on 266 reviews

Sleeping Giant State Park

A beautiful spot to view the autumn foliage.

Reviewed By Paul M - Germany

I've been heading out to the Sleeping Giant near New Haven in Connecticut for the past few years. It's a great place to walk and hike, and if you want it a little tougher, you can veer off the prepared routes and make the going as tough as you like. Just make sure you're wearing some sturdy shoes. There are plenty of steep inclines, and a wonderful old quarry to rummage around. You can spend hours (days) exploring this massive nature reserve with its very own micro-climate. I just wish that the people who take their dogs in there would adhere to the regulations and keep them on the leash. Regardless of where you go these days, you come across selfish, irresponsible, ignorant people who think that rules and regulations don't apply to them. This is especially the case in the USA where so many people believe that they have the right to do whatever they want, regardless of the law. They ruin it for the rest of us. Cycling is also not allowed in the Sleeping Giant, but people do it anyway. Shame on them!

3. Gouveia Vineyards

1339 Whirlwind Hill Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492-2727 +1 203-265-5526
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4 based on 297 reviews

Gouveia Vineyards

Reviewed By imsupafly - Middletown, Connecticut

Nice way to impress a date on the cheap! Bring a blanket and picnic basket. Great sunset views among the rows of grapevines, although you will share it with many others including families with children running amok having a good time picnic. We did the tasting with souvenir glass, comparable to other wineries, a bit rushed through though.

4. Rosabianca Vineyards

1536 Middletown Ave, Northford, CT 06472-1065 +1 203-208-1211
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Rosabianca Vineyards

A family-owned and operated winery located in a quaint, rustic, restored barn in Northford, CT. We no longer can allow parties over 10 people (NO PARTY BUSES OR LIMOS). Wine tastings are $11. This includes our signature glass along with 2 white wines, 2 red wines and a wine of your choice. You can also purchase wine by the bottle or the glass. Please keep your parties to 10 or less. We have a small tasting room and limited parking, please carpool if possible. No pets are allowed on the property.

Reviewed By BillL64 - Glastonbury, CT

I don’t mind paying a premium for CT grown products and a number of wineries buy or grow their grapes elsewhere but I do mind overcharging. You can get much better Italian produced wines at much lower prices at any decent liquor store.

$22 to $32 is very pricey for Italian style wines that are not Barolo.

It would be great if the overlords of the state allowed the wineries, distilleries, and breweries to sell packages food like crackers, cheese, or fruit to at least make these places a destination.

5. Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917 +1 203-432-2977
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5 based on 200 reviews

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Reviewed By acukiert - sao paulo, Brazil

This is a fantastic place to visit, although it could be seen in less then an hour. The architecture is fantastic, qnd the books....no words. If you are part of a research protocol, you would have access to some really old books. Simply amazing.

6. Paradise Hills Vineyard

15 Windswept Hill Rd, Wallingford, CT 06492-2755 +1 203-284-0123
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4.5 based on 138 reviews

Paradise Hills Vineyard

Welcome to Paradise! Tuscan style tasting room, with its hand crafted copper bar, decorative chandeliers, and mahogany tables provide a romantic setting, to relax and enjoy the countryside with a fine glass of wine. For groups of 8 or more guests a reservation in advance is required. No Reservations can be taken for Saturday and Sunday's. Please remember to bring your photo ID showing proof of age. We do not host weddings, birthday parties, baby showers during normal business hours. Special Events or meetings can be held Monday through Wednesday. Reservation must be made, please call for more information. Wine Tastings are $10.00 Per person

Reviewed By TomM1951 - Hartford, Connecticut

A very scenic spot and some very flavorful reds. Great combination.

They were extremely busy on a Saturday evening at 6:00, so we opted to have a couple of glasses outside. The bartender outside, a granddaughter of the owner, was very helpful and accommodating, making sure we got to try wines that we really enjoyed. Inside, were the tasting was going on, was a bit noisy and packed.

They do not serve food, but it would be hard to imagine a better place to bring in a picnic. You can even order pizzas for delivery.

7. Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

3011 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06518-2326 +1 203-582-6500
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum

Reviewed By imirish2016 - Trumbull, Connecticut

So glad we stopped in today. The museum itself is beautiful. We saw paintings and sculptures depicting the famine. They have a 10 minute video which was very informative. Also, in the area, Sleeping Giant park for hiking, and my favorite Irish import store Lucky Ewe is just down the street.

8. Zen Therapy & Healing

605 Washington Ave, The Nutmeg Building, North Haven, CT 06473-1123 +1 203-988-7052
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5 based on 6 reviews

Zen Therapy & Healing

Massage Therapy

Reviewed By Cmp-trp - Hamden, Connecticut

Steve wants to know what his customer is looking to accomplish at each session. He is knowledgeable about various methodologies, discusses what might work best, and uses them to reach that goal. I always leave feeling very relaxed. Never disappointed!

9. Yale Center for British Art

1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302 +1 203-432-2800
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4.5 based on 290 reviews

Yale Center for British Art

Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation through February 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and world-renowned research institute. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period to the present day. Works on view include masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Perhaps its greatest treasure is the building itself, a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by architect Louis I. Kahn. Located in downtown New Haven, the Center is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters, and shops.

Reviewed By sundown_10 - Maryland

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the vast collection of British art. The museum presents the works in an artistic way where the art is accessible to view.

10. Farmington Canal State Park

200 Mount Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT 06518-1906 +1 203-287-5658
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4.5 based on 32 reviews

Farmington Canal State Park

Reviewed By cliffonthego - Hamden, Connecticut

great place to rest during your walk, run or biking. Visit and record your thoughts in the journal contained in the Canal Spirit mailbox. It's dedicated for the Traveler of Life - allowing your journalistic expression or free hand artwork. Rest on the benches and take back the beauty of this area. An area blessed by those who have visited before - a great area to compose your own prayer of thanks for the creation of this earth for all of us to enjoy.

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