Clarion Hotel & Suites Hamden-New Haven
2260 Whitney Ave
Hamden, CT 06518
Phone: (203) 288-3831
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Sleeping Giant State Park lives up to its billing as a wilderness park and is a great get-a-way to the country. There are an abundance of hiking trails and picnic areas that add up to 32 miles of wilderness. If you go, fishing gear in hand, the trout-stocked river will fulfill your fishing dreams; if you do not plan a fishing excursion, tote along your camera, climb the tower trail and head to the stone tower where you can catch a panoramic view of the countryside.
This state park, like its sister East Rock Park, offers a spectacular overview of the city of New Haven and its environs. The park is the creation of a more tumultuous time, a ridge of basalt rock forced skyward by volcanic action about 200 million years ago. The 1,500-acre park is located at the apex, where visitors can enjoy miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and a fishing pond. The infamous Judges Cave is located here, where, in 1660, Edward Whalley, John Dixwell and William Goffe eluded capture by royal bounty hunters. The three men had been among the signers of the death warrant against England's King Charles. Opens daily at 8am.
An easy drive from downtown New Haven, this park is a beautiful respite from the harried city pace. As you meander along the curved, tree-lined roads up to the summit, you will be greeted by a spectacular view of the city, Long Island Sound and the New Haven Harbor. There is a prized bird sanctuary, picnic and playground facilities, and if you are in the mood for a brisk walk, there are 10 miles of hiking trails. Enjoy the great outdoors right in the city.
Marsh Botanical Garden is situated within the precincts of Yale University. Its name pays tribute to Othniel Charles Marsh, who bestowed this property upon the university. Beatrix Farrand planned the landscape of the garden that houses a wide variety of plant species. Faculty, students, nature lovers, researchers and many other visitors head to this botanical gardens that has four greenhouses, perennial beds, seasonal plants and much more.
The David S. Ingalls Rink in Yale University is a specimen of great architecture. Designed by Eero Saarinen, the structure has been inspired by the sport of skating. It has been the venue for many an exciting men's and women's hoceky games. An audience of 3,486 can be seated in the hall, while there are three locker rooms for the players. The rink is well-lit and has good facilities. A special mention must be made of the reception room which proudly displays photographs of previous games. The rink is open 18 hours a day. Call for details.
This greenway and trail started out as a canal when it was first built in the 1820s. Since then, it has gone from canal, to railway line, to finally this park and greenway trail that leads from New Haven to Northampton. Much of the trail is paved for all kinds of recreation including hiking, running and biking.
The New Haven Town Green is one of New England's oldest, completed in 1638. Portions of the Green were used as a cemetery until the 1820s when the Green became overcrowded and headstones were moved to the new Grove Street Cemetery; however, the bodies were not dug up and between 5,000 to 10,000 still remain. The 16-acre public park is a popular site for concerts and picnics, and an overall excellent gathering place for locals and tourists alike. The Green is also the location of a memorial to the Amistad captives. Along the Green there are three churches built in the 1810s: Center Church, United Church and Trinity Church.
Located just along the point where the Quinnipiac River curves to empty into the Long Island Sound, the Quinnipiac River State Park is a pleasant place to head to for a leisurely stroll. Located in the North Haven area, this park comes equipped with benches and excellent lighting, as well as a magnificent view of the river and facilities for fishing, boating and hunting.
The Alling Memorial Golf Club is a popular 18-hole course that has been used by many professional and semi-professional golfing associations. The course provides lessons by appointment for those trying to up their game. The course also has league and tournament play throughout the week and weekends.
Sprawling over 6,749 yards, the The Course at Yale is an 18-hole golf course. Opened in 1924, this grand golf course was designed by Charles Blair McDonald. This spacious golf course also features the picturesque Geirst Pond, which makes it an ideal place for events like receptions or weddings. The lush green golf course is enhanced by colored plants and flowers which add to its beauty and charm.
Located right on the water, the Long Wharf Nature Preserve is a perfect place to hang out in nature for awhile. This ecosystem has a one mile loop trail that makes for a pleasant nature walks.. 24 acres makes for plenty of room to stroll through marshes, beaches and wetlands.
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. Opens daily at 7am.