A breeze of a day trip from New York, or a convenient weekend outing from Boston or Philadelphia, New Haven is at the epicenter of southern New England. You’re here before you know it: New Haven is at the intersection of major interstates running along the East coast or straight north through New England. Metro-North trains run dozens of times daily between New York City and New Haven, and Amtrak trains, including the high-speed Acela line, connect the region to the rest of the East Coast.
For those flying in, New Haven’s cozy Tweed Airport is less than ten minutes from downtown. Hartford’s Bradley International, an overlooked gem of an airport, is an easy drive away, with low-cost parking and limousine shuttle service to New Haven; New York City’s airports are reasonable alternatives. There’s also the water route: anyone going to or from Long Island should hop a ferry over the Sound, which run out of nearby Bridgeport and New London.
New Haven offers visitors the opportunity to explore world-class museums, theater and music all within walking distance of New Haven Green, a National Historic Landmark. New Haven is home to many events, such as The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Connecticut Open and The New Haven Jazz Festival which draw large crowds to the downtown.
The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is one of America’s leading festivals of musical performances, theatrical productions, lectures, and conversations from some of today’s top artists and thinkers from across the globe. More than 80 percent of Festival programs are free and open to the public, including events that feature some of the most prestigious jazz, classical, dance, and theater artists in the world held on the New Haven Green.
Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies every August has always been much more than a tennis tournament; it is a leading example of leveraging a large-scale international sporting event to generate $26 million in regional economic impact and to grow community pride, spirit and engagement, especially among youth. Information can be found about this event at www.ctopen.org
The New Haven Jazz Festival is a series of live performances every August that feature internationally and locally known musicians.
Looking for the ideal place to stay in Greater New Haven? The perfect fit depends on why you are here and what you are planning to do. If you have a meeting, business or a conference in downtown New Haven, you should consider The Study at Yale, Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, Courtyard by Marriott at Yale or the New Haven Hotel.
The Premiere Hotel & Suites and La Quinta, conveniently located right off I-95, are also near the downtown area and offer shuttle service.
There are over 800 hotel rooms just within the 5 hotels downtown, as well as an additional 600 throughout the city of New Haven. Downtown rooms average at $160 per night, while rooms outside of downtown within the city are $125 per night.
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