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On a summer day, there's nothing better than dining on the waterfront...
A little-known attraction, Yale University's observatory hosts an hour-long planetarium show every Tuesday evening after which the observatory's telescopes are open for viewings of planets, nebulae and star clusters.
For a unique take on East Haven's shoreline take a ride on this open-sided antique trolley along 3 miles of track which takes you from River St in East Haven to Short Beach in Branford. Bring a picnic lunch.
Museums & Galleries
Housed in a Elizabethan-style 1905 building in the Audubon Arts District, this non-profit Center for Contemporary Art hosts three to five thematic group exhibitions of contemporary regional artists each year.
This bar-restaurant isn’t too far off its own billing as a gay Cheers . Sunday and Thursday nights will get you $1 domestic beers, while daily happy hours between 4pm and 7pm knock a dollar off all drink prices.
New London’s transportation center is the Amtrak train station ; the bus station is in the same building and the ferry terminal (for boats to Long Island, Block Island and Fishers Island) is next door.
A nearby challenger to Pepe's; the white-clam pie ($10) is legendary for good reason, but all pies share the same thin, crispy crust. Sally's is closed most of September, and doesn't take credit cards.
The Norwalk Islands lie a half-mile off the coast of SoNo, and are the playground of coastal birds. The Small Boat Shop leads two-hour, four-hour and all-day trips to the islands in the summer.
Near the ferry terminal, this 1833 building is the oldest operating customhouse in the country, in addition to functioning as a museum. Its front door is made from the wood of the USS Constitution .
This Yale society sponsors concerts from such eminent ensembles as the Guarneri String Quartet at 8pm Tuesday evenings from September through April in the Morse Recital Hall of Sprague Memorial Hall.
Lots of locals believe that this place serves up pies as good as, if not better than, Frank Pepe's and Sally's – and without the throngs. Despite the name, it's been tossing dough since 1934.
This pub, in a historic building on the west side of the drawbridge, is the late-night place to grab a pint of Irish ale; decent pub grub and English football on the telly too.
Fine Art & Photography
Organized by Artspace , this annual fall event sees city artists open their doors to the public for a peek inside the workspaces of some of New Haven's up-and-coming talent.
This bookstore keeps a good stock of local-interest titles, plus the usual suspects. (Note the carving in the shape of a whale on the sidewalk just outside the store.)
This café hosts local acts every Thursday evening, and all the bands you hear over the stereo system are New Haven–based. Better yet, the coffee is fair-trade organic.
You can rent bikes, kayaks (lessons are available) and canoes for whole or half days from Mystic River Rentals . You’ll find them right next door to Voyager Cruises.
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