Oct 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Senior Travel

New Haven, a Haven for Senior Visitors

I recall visiting New Haven when by brother in law was a student at Yale.  Like so many cities in America today New Haven has experienced—and continues to enjoy—a renaissance. Within an easy stroll from the New Haven Green are more than 100 distinctive restaurants, offering something for every senior citizen palate. In New Haven, they say… “It all happens here.”

The city abounds with theaters, museums, and shopping destinations to satisfy all interests and tastes. The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Free Concerts on the Green, the New Haven Jazz Festival, and the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament are but a few of the major events and festivals that regularly bring thousands of visitors to the city. For a complete list of events , shops, and restaurants, visit Info New Haven.

New Haven’s diversity is apparent in its neighborhoods, which range from quiet residential blocks to lively downtown streets, and in its population which combines the socioeconomic mix of a New England city with that of a global university.

Along with Yale

The port of New Haven (pop. 131,000), at the mouth of the Quinnipiac River, was founded by English Puritans in 1638, and has been known since 1716 as the seat of Yale University.

New Haven abounds in tourist attractions that draw senior visitors from all over the world. From art galleries and fine museums like the Yale Peabody Museum to a fine repertory theater, you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied during your visit.  Founded in 1866 by George Peabody, The Peabody Museum of Natural History is one of the oldest museums in the world devoted to anthropology.

Of course Yale University with its approximately 11,250 students has much to offer visitors. Yale’s roots can be traced back to the 1640s, when colonial clergymen led an effort to establish a college in New Haven to preserve the tradition of European liberal education in the New World. This video provides a nice overview of Yale University with its many beautiful buildings.

I had a tough time finding a good YouTube for New Haven and settled on one that focuses on the community.  Downtown New Haven looks like a great place to do some shopping.

Seniors Enjoy East-Coast History

With a rich history spanning more than 350 years,  a broad heritage is preserved in New Haven’s architecture, cuisine and cultural events. The area’s scenery is stunning in the fall when the leaves turn, while summertime is ideally spent along the shoreline or in one of the area’s many parks.

So plan a visit to Connecticut and stop by New Haven

While you’re in the area, check out other sites and attractions in Connecticut with the “official state guide”.  With the fall foliage coming on strong, seniors are invited to visit Connecticut and take in the fall colors.

Wikipedia can fill in the blanks that I have not covered in this blog including info on how to get there… and notes that it is a great city for walking tours.  TripAdvisor has some super hotels for you to consider along with many top rated restaurants. With this interactive guide,  you can flip through the Cultural and Visitors Guide of the area.

It’s not easy to categorize Greater New Haven — the natives happily admit. A restaurant renaissance has made this among the most exciting senior eating destinations on the seaboard: another week, another restaurant opening. And then there’s Yale University: with its medieval courtyards and stunning buildings — from Gothic revival to acclaimed modernism — this is architecture that transports.

And all those cultural attractions…

The cultural attractions in New Haven are hard to match: if you can name another area this size with world-class museums, theater and music, you’d be fibbing. The town greens and preserved historic homes rival any in New England. And the tiny boutiques and eclectic shops as well as superb book stores cater to the Yale intelligentsia. But even with these attractions, few seniors can resist the outdoors for long: sandy shores, nature preserves and trails, centuries-old orchards, rocky hikes.

I depart today with a visual tour that highlights many of the principal sites in New Haven. For you senior gourmands, a foodie tour may be to your liking.  If so, check out this link that features many of the fine dining establishments in New Haven. Any way you slice this travel blog on New Haven, it has to center around one fine institution…Yale University.   jeb


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