ON THE SHORE Life along the shore is delightful and not just during the summer. Swimming, sunning, birding, biking, jogging and fishing are just some of the appeal of coastal Connecticut. For a brief tour of the shoreline, you’ll want to start at Silver Sands Beach State Park. As you mosey along the Milford shoreline, you’ll find your way into West Haven with its spectacular beaches and 1.5-mile boardwalk. Undoubtedly the Thimble Islands, off the coast of Branford, are the stars of the quaint seaside Stony Creek village. Board a tour boat for 45-minute narrated tours of the islands, 365 in total! For a more hands-on experience, consider Connecticut Shoreline Bike & Boat Tour in Guilford (reservations required). Hammonasset Beach State Park (Madison), the state’s largest shoreline park, offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along the boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf. The park is home to over 550 grassy campsites, perfect for the nature enthusiast. All towns along the shoreline have prime beach access. Check with the town’s parks & recreation department for regulations and fees. UNIQUE DESTINATIONS Who doesn’t love PEZ®? For those of us who are old enough to remember the old dispensers to children who are ready to discover the joy of collecting these enduring symbols of Americana, the PEZ® Visitor Center is both fun and educational. The elevated viewing area of candy production and videos show the machinery behind the magic. The center also features the world’s largest display of PEZ® memorabilia. With interactive kids’ space, a documentation of the evolution of the candy, a factory store and a demonstration room, it is a great way to pass an hour or two. The Shore Line Trolley Museum in East Haven is a trolley fan’s paradise. The Museum contains memorabilia from the trolley’s heyday including nearly 100 vintage transit vehicles, 30,000 photographic images, over 4,000 books and documents, and about 1,000 small artifacts such as tokens, hat badges and ticket punches. Shore Line Trolley is the oldest operating trolley museum in the United States, featuring 1.5 miles of track. Hours vary seasonally. OUTDOOR ADVENTURES If a kickback and relax vacation really isn’t for you, don’t despair. Greater New Haven has many trails for hiking and biking throughout the region. From the leisurely stroll to the challenging climb, our parks offer something for every fitness level. NIGHTLIFE Sundown serves up a whole new side of Greater New Haven. New Haven’s downtown pulses with life with entertainment for all ages and tastes. College Street Music Hall has joined Toad’s Place, Café Nine and Firehouse 12 as the core of the music scene. Music aficionados also enjoy the music of classical legends at Yale University School of Music throughout the academic year. Just around the corner in Hamden is Space Ballroom offering craft beers and small music shows of various genres. TOURS New Haven is perfect for walking tours, and features many of them. Since the histories of New Haven and Yale University are thoroughly intertwined, the Yale University Campus Tour is a great way to discover the city’s past and present. This free tour highlights history, art, architecture, and student life. Or try pedaling your way around downtown on the Elm City Party Bike, a fun, social and relaxing way to see the city while bar and restaurant hopping. With culinary tours, fitness tours, even ghost tours, there is a unique way for everyone to enjoy this vibrant city. GROUP TOURS New Haven’s compact downtown is the perfect stop on your New England getaway. As the fourth most walkable city in the U.S., your guests will thank you for the opportunity to stretch their legs. Not to worry if members of your group have a wide range of interests, guests can venture out to explore history, appreciate art, shop to their hearts’ content, or savor delicious food. 25 Photograph courtesy of PEZ Visitor Center Things To Do Once You’ve Tackled Arts & History, It’s Time To Head Outdoors