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Visit New Haven for Picturesque and Historical Fun

By Courtney Clark

New Haven may be most famous for being the home of Ivy League Yale University, but the city also has much to offer residents and visitors. A great place to experience the arts, excellent dining, and extensive history, New Haven offers entertainment for all ages.

The area remains a successful spot for residents and visitors thanks in part to REX Development, also known as Visit New Haven. Executive Director Virginia Kozlowski explains that REX "promotes programs and policies aimed at making the [South Central Connecticut] region more competitive in the global economy," and Visit New Haven "promotes the region as an ideal leisure and business destination."

Picture above taken by Steve Blazo

New Haven's roots are in Puritanical history. Founded in the 1600s, the city, as Kozlowski explains, has been "influenced and transformed" without losing its identity throughout the Industrial Revolution, waves of immigrants, and social changes in the 1960s. Residents have ended up being President, Nobel Prize winners, and famous writers.

The city is also great hub for the arts with the likes of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and the Yale University Art Gallery. Another example is the Yale Peabody Museum, one of the oldest and largest natural history museums in the world which has earned 4.6 out of 5 stars on Google. The museum is Yale University's oldest collection and began in the 18th century. New Haven also has the Shubert Theatre, a 1,600-seat theatre that opened in 1914; the Yale Peabody Museum; and the Yale Rep and Long Wharf Theatre.

Pictures above taken by Michael Marsland

Those who come to the city will not find a lack of great dining options, either. Kozlowski even says that many of the restaurants "have enthusiastically embraced the produce of our local farmers." For this reason, menus vary by season and bring fresh from the farm ingredients. One of the most famous dishes in New Haven is the hamburger sandwich at Louis' Lunch, which claims to be "the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich" circa 1900.

"Picturesque" is an all-too-appropriate description of the town, with its beautiful parks, beaches, and colonial homes. Yet although New Haven is a beautiful city, it is much more than its recognizable autumnal colors, lighthouses, and collegiate population. Whether people are relocating or just looking for a vacation spot, the city is an excellent choice to experience culture, history, and family-friendly fun. As Kozlowski says, "We may be a region of less than 600,000 people, but our global impact is indisputable."

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