If you’re traveling to New Haven, Connecticut, there are a few places that you won’t want to miss. This eclectic group of activities and destinations will offer a little bit of something for every member of the family.
IT Adventure Indoor Ropes Course
The IT Adventure ropes course is the largest indoor ropes course in the world. With more than 100 rope elements on 4 levels, this 5-story course truly is an adventure. You can choose your own path going at your own pace through each course, then fly through the air on a 48-foot-high zip line. The zip line spans the 180 feet between the two ropes courses.
When you exit the course, you’ll take the Jump It, which provides a free-fall sensation as you’re lowered the 48 feet down to the ground. There are also 4 climbing stations, going up to 29 feet in the air, with wobbly beams and twisted structures that provide plenty of challenge.
For the little ones under 48 inches tall, there’s a smaller ropes course at more comfortable heights.
Lighthouse Point Park
As the most beautiful park in New Haven, Lighthouse Point Park is a fantastic spot for birdwatching or a peaceful afternoon stroll. It is home to the Five Mile Point Lighthouse, with a spiral staircase of granite that leads visitors to the lantern loft, which was once home to the lighthouse’s lens.
The Lighthouse Point Carousel is also found within the park. This antique carousel was built in 1916, and has two dragon chariots, 69 horses, and one camel to ride. The carousel’s rim features the original oil paintings of historical scenes of New Haven, plus trains, mermaids, lighthouses, and boats.
Leitner Family Observatory And Planetarium
Yale University is home to the Leitner Observatory, which first opened in 2009 and houses a planetarium that presents shows on Tuesday evenings to the general public.
The shows include live presentations that project a digital tour of the skies onto the 30-foot-high dome, and teaches about the constellations and planets currently visible in the night sky. It also includes Passport to the Universe, which is a guided tour of the galaxy and solar system. These shows last 35 to 40 minutes, and in good weather, telescopes are set outside afterward for night sky viewing.
These three attractions will offer a variety of activities for visitors, from a vigorous excursion or casual nature experience to a relaxing indoor/outdoor tour of the stars. Be sure to include at least one of these fun and educational experiences when you visit New Haven.