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Our 5 Favorite Day Trips from New Haven

A Handy Guide to Help You Make the Most of Your Remaining Month of Freedom

How is it possible that summer is already almost over? One month left until school starts…one month left to take advantage of class-free days and study-free weekends. Why not make the most of it by exploring New Haven’s surrounding areas? Below are a few of our favorite places around Connecticut—perfect day trips for locals and newbies, alike.

1. Mystic

Guys, the 80s is back. May as well roll with it! Pop in the 1988 classic Mystic Pizza, then head to this charming seaside town to grab lunch at the eponymous pizza joint. Or if you’re more history than cinema buff, check out the Mystic Seaport Museum to experience the re-creation of an entire 19th Century New England whaling village.
Distance from Cambridge Oxford: 56 miles

2. Wadsworth Athenaeum

If you’re an art lover and haven’t yet been to the Wadsworth…what on Earth are you waiting for? Not only is this the oldest public art museum in the nation, it houses nearly 50,000 pieces of art spanning 5,000 years of art-making. All set in five visually striking, historic buildings. And they have some really interesting exhibits on right now. Pro tip: don’t forget your student ID—students get in for only $5!
Distance from Cambridge Oxford: 39 miles

3. Thimble Islands

Feeling outdoorsy? The Thimble Islands/Stony Creek area of Branford has it all. Take a quirky, informative 45 minute boat ride around the islands with Captain Bob, then grab some lunch at The Thimbleberry for a burger and some locally-made ice cream. Afterward, head to Stony Creek Beach to either snooze off the food coma, or swim off the calories in the gentle harbor waves (after the appropriate 30 minute digestion period, of course).
Distance from Cambridge Oxford: 14 miles

4. New London

Want a taste of small town, historic charm without so many pesky tourists? With its multitude of historic buildings and its status as one of America’s top 10 creative communities, New London is truly an unexpected gem. Catch a show at Garde Arts Center, take a tour of Monte Cristo Cottage—boyhood summer home of playwright Eugene O’Neill, or see all the city has to offer, by way of Hygienic Art’s Mural Walk.
Distance from Cambridge Oxford: 48 miles

5. New Haven

Okay, so this may be cheating, but why not take a day or two to explore some things around town? There’s lots of interesting stuff to fill the rest of your summer, right here in New Haven. Atlas Obscura is a great website to peruse for some ideas of more unusual, out-of-the-way sights in the area. Judges Cave, for instance, or the Grave of Midnight Mary could make for a rather adventurous day off.

All too soon it’ll be time to hit the books, again. Take advantage of these dog days of summer while you can…and happy exploring!

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