New Haven Flights:
Flights to New Haven
New Haven is best known as being the home of the prestigious Yale University, and is the third largest city in the state of Connecticut. In addition to Yale, this historic city is a real gem for history lovers and is one of the oldest cities in the United States.
For flights to New Haven, you’ll be arriving at the Tweed New Haven Regional Airport (airport code: HVN) that has both public bus and taxi services into the city. Both British Midland and South African Airways have the same route for their flights to New Haven from South Africa, stopping in London and then Philadelphia. Virgin Atlantic also offers the same flight. A flight to New Haven with Delta Airlines has its transfers in Atlanta and then also in Philadelphia.
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The Tourist Attractions in New Haven:
New Haven was settled in 1638 by Puritans led by the Reverend John Davenport. Within two years the town became the first planned city in the United States as its streets were laid out in a grid plan, at the centre of which was New Haven Green. For visitors interested in history, New Haven certainly has plenty to offer!
New Haven Green
New Haven Green has always been at the heart of this historic city and was founded the same year as the city itself was. The Green is 16 acres in size and today is a popular venue for live music and events, such as jazz festivals, classical music and more. For the first 150 years, The Green was the main burial place for residents of the city, and although this practice stopped and the headstones were removed it’s rather daunting to think that there still remains somewhere between 5 and 10,000 people buried under the ground!
Apart from the obvious green space here there are three historic churches that were built in the early 19th century, plus there’s the Bennett Fountain and a World War 1 Memorial.
Yale University was founded in 1701 and is one of the world’s most famous universities, and a part of the ‘Ivy League’. The university is what New Haven is most famous for. Visitors will be most interested in the historic central campus that’s in downtown New Haven and takes up 1 square mile of the city. The campus is beautiful with impressive architecture such as the Harkness Tower. Being such a popular place for tourists to visit, Yale University actually has its own visitor centre which would be a good place to start any tour.
As well as the architecture there are several popular museums within Yale. The Yale University Art Gallery is one, while the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University is another.
Other Attractions in New Haven
The Green and Yale University are not the only historical attractions in New Haven; the city has several neighbourhoods where homes and other buildings built in the 19th century are still standing. These districts, such as the Dwight Street Historic District, are best enjoyed by simply wandering around, and admiring what you see.
When Should You Visit?:
Like the rest of New England, New Haven has a humid continental climate which visitors coming from drier climates will find very damp! Summers are hot and humid with July being the hottest month and often seeing afternoon thunderstorms. Spring and autumn are not as hot but remain humid all the same, while winters feel colder than they really are, again because of the high humidity. Snowfall is common in the winter.