Explore New Haven Like a Local
You already know that Downtown New Haven is steeped in history, culture, and culinary delights. However, parts of this story still need to be told, corners of our city unseen and mysteries of our history unheard. Luckily, we’re home to a handful of local experts who share their knowledge with neighbors and visitors daily, embarking on captivating city-wide tours catered to niche interests and passions. Whether you’re a history buff or a curious traveler, there’s something for everyone in New Haven’s tour scene.
The New Haven Green: An Audio Walking Tour of its History
The New Haven Green Audio Walking Tour is an immersive experience that invites you to step back in time and explore the rich and fascinating history of one of New Haven’s most iconic landmarks. As you embark on this self-guided audio tour, you’ll find yourself at the heart of the city on the historic New Haven Green. This expansive urban park has witnessed centuries of events, from colonial times to present, making it a living testament to the city’s past. The audio tour will take you on a journey through time, paying tribute to the original Native American tribes who inhabited the area and their interactions with European settlers, the architectural wonders that surround the Green, memorials, and statues dedicated to prominent figures who shaped the city’s development, and historic buildings and structures that add depth to the tapestry of New Haven’s history. Throughout the audio tour, expert historians and local voices will guide you through the Green’s history, sharing captivating anecdotes and insights that bring the stories to life.
Yale Visitor Center Tours
The Yale Visitor Center, a gateway to exploring one of America’s most prestigious and historic universities, offers guided tours for an insightful and engaging journey through the stunning campus, filled with stories of academic excellence, rich traditions, and architectural marvels. The tours are led by student guides, who will show you a glimpse into Yale’s distinguished past and vibrant present, exploring iconic landmarks, the picturesque courtyards, quads, and gardens, the Gothic and Georgian architecture of Harkness Tower, Sterling Memorial Library, and the renowned residential colleges. You’ll gain insight into Yale’s commitment to research and innovation as you wander through the various departments and facilities. The Visitor Center tours highlight the diverse academic opportunities, ranging from liberal arts to cutting-edge scientific research.