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New Haven Travel Guide, Connecticut

New Haven is a city of many contrasts. It is mostly known because one of the world's most prestigious universities is here, the Yale University. Knowing this one would expect the city and its residents to have a high or at least a moderate standard of living, but many of its residents live in misery. It seems strange, but it is not a paradox since smart people were not always rich.

New Haven is a place where wonderful things had their start. It was the place where Noah Webster compiled his first dictionary, where Colt invented a revolver in 1836, where the first telephone switchboard was made. Others stretch a bit the line and pretend that it is the place where the first hamburger and pizza was made, but this is pushing things a bit too far.

In a city of so many firsts, you should definitely have a first at visiting it and include yourself in the list! There are plenty of things to do and see including the: performing-arts centers and theaters, museums sport competitions and many other. Most of them are within walking distance of one another making it very easy to see them in a relatively short time and they are close to the New Haven Green where you can see among other the Gothic Revival City Hall, some bank buildings, a retail district and the oldest house in New Haven, the Yale Visitor Information Center. The center has guides who give useful information to those who want to attend the university, but they can also get the information they want on their own by browsing through the available videos and maps.

Still in the area is the Shubert Performing Arts Center presenting plays, musicals, cabaret, opera, cabaret and concerts.

The University of Yale is by far the focal point of the city and it attracts many visitors throughout the year. It was here that America’s greatest men were educated including the last three presidents of the state. Among the highlights are the Federal and Victorian Gothic buildings, the Gothic Revival campanile and the Harkness Tower located in the Old Campus. There are several venues on the campus including Woolsey Hall hosting performances of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, of Yale Philharmonia and many others.

Due to the university’s presence you can find in New Haven a very rich cultural life and taking part in it will ensure your cultural enrichment.

You shold not miss checking out the cultural options of the Long Wharf Theatre renowed for mounting plays presented on Broadway.

There is also an extensive inventory of architecturally significant old buildings that are highly visited including three historic churches: Trinity Episcopal Church, Georgian First Church of Christ and the Federal-style United Congregational.

For other type of entertainment check out the venues that feature live rock and pop by regional groups or the ones where you can dance or listen to some live jazz or blues. Whatever your speed and passion, you'll find just the opportunity to kick up your heels, let down your hair, or sit back and relax!

With activities for every age range, price range, and interest, you'll feel like your vacation just went over the top!

With Yale University present in the city and supporting a lively cultural community, visiting New Haven is a must for everybody who feels the least culturally inclined.

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