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Welcome to New Haven

New Haven

New Haven is a mid-sized city, but its distinguished reputation is well-known across the country. For Americans, 'New Haven' connotes intellectual brilliance, colonial tradition and, sometimes, controversy. It is the home of prestigious Yale University, the charter for which was granted in 1701. Since then, relations between the 'town and gown' have alternated between cooperation and confrontation, though over the past few years, a mutual recognition of interdependence and potential has been growing. In fact, the revitalization of downtown New Haven owes its success to the initiatives of both the local government as well as Yale's own property management program.

Today, New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut, but it remains steeped in history and elegance. It has more National Historic Landmarks than anywhere else in Connecticut. Walking along tree-lined Wooster Square, historic New Haven Green and the many leafy downtown streets, it is easy to understand how the 'Elm City' got its nickname. After visitors have taken in the beautiful vista of Long Island Sound and enjoyed hiking, biking and canoeing in the public parklands surrounding the city, New Haven's abundance of theatres, museums, music venues, restaurants, shops and nightlife options await. The Chapel Street Historic District buzzes with galleries, boutiques and bistros, and the newly redeveloped Broadway area is a shopper's heaven. The Shubert, Long Wharf and Yale Repertory Theaters are renowned for groundbreaking performances, and the New Haven Symphony Orchestra is the fourth oldest in the country.

No visit to New Haven would be complete, however, without taking part in what, for many, is its most enjoyable tradition. New Haven is the birthplace of the American pizza. Age-old contenders Sally's and Pepe's pizzerias, each with an army of fiercely loyal New Havenites, have been battling for the 'best pie' title for more than 60 years.

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New Haven has four distinct seasons. New Haven's situation on Long Island Sound means that winters are milder with less snow accumulation than inland, and summers are typically warm and humid. The coldest month is January with temperatures of around 35°F (2°C) and summers averaging 77°F (25°C).

Getting Around

Exploring New Haven by foot is enjoyable, particularly in the area surrounding the university. Various walking tours start from the Yale Visitor Center. The downtown area is serviced by a free electric trolley system, operating Monday to Saturday, 11am to 6pm, every 15 minutes. CTTRANSIT bus service is also available. The city has been working to make parking more convenient; there are various off-street lots and garages, and the new Parcxmart card can be used to pay for metered on-street parking.

English is the most common language but Spanish is often spoken in south-western states.

The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into 100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.

Long Wharf Pier in New Haven is the homeport of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a re-creation of the schooner involved in the 1839 AmistadIncident, in which a group of Africans being transported to the Caribbean as slaves revolted and took over the ship. The ship was seized by the US government, and the Africans eventually won their freedom in a case before the US Supreme Court.

The stunning exhibitions of the Peabody Museum of Natural History are sure to amaze visitors of all ages. In addition to the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, visitors can discover Egyptian mummies, sabre-toothed cats and Native American artefacts. Multiple youth programs are held during the summer.

Yale, a member of the Ivy League, is one of the oldest universities in the country and one of the most distinguished in the world. Its beautiful campus is home to a wealth of stunning architectural achievements as well as multiple museums, exhibition spaces and theatres. Visitors might browse the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library or take in a performance of the Yale Glee Club.

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