Home to one of the world’s largest collections of rare books (including a monstrous 6-story glass book stack), Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is a mandatory stop for anyone visiting the Elm City. Whether you stop in to peruse the shelves for fun or gaze at the original ‘Gutenberg Bible,’ trust us: this is one library that you won’t want to leave.

Stressed? Get your mind off things with a trip to the Middle Ages at the Knights of Columbus Museum or an fascinating stroll through the Art & Architecture Museum. And don’t forget the dinosaurs! Est. 1866, the Yale Peabody Museum is one of the oldest and largest natural history collections in the world, displaying everything from dinosaurs to diamonds and meteorites to mummies. Each year, the Peabody engages visitors of all ages with a wide range of kid-friendly exhibits and programs. Families, save the date(s) for the Peabody’s most popular kid-friendly annual events, from Dinosaur Days to A Night At the Museum. Other kid-friendly institutions to add to your list include the Connecticut Children’s Museum and The New Haven Museum, where the Elm City’s colorful history is on display.