Around the World in 5.4 Days

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What’s the easiest, and possibly cheapest, way to travel around the world? Put on your walking shoes and tour the four street food districts in New Haven. A full loop is 5.4 miles, but chances are you’ll be full before you finish. You’ll travel from Downtown New Haven with its historic green, admire the “Yale Whale” (Ingall’s Ice Rink designed by Eero Saarinen) at the Sachem District, then head over to the Cedar District (near the Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital) with its long history of food carts. Finally, or firstly if you arrived by car, you can be wowed by Food Truck Paradise at Long Wharf located off of I-95 at exit 46. Check out our map for the district locations.

Whatever your route, you will be tempted with cuisine from around the world:

  • American
  • Bakery
  • Chinese
  • Coffee & Tea
  • Ethiopian
  • Ice Cream
  • Italian/Pizza/Mediterranean
  • Japanese/Korean
  • Latino/Spanish/Puerto Rican/Columbian/Cuban
  • Mexican/Southwest
  • Middle Eastern
  • Southern
  • Thai/Southeast Asian/Vietnamese

Featured dishes include Chicken Lo Mein; steak and cheese sandwiches, beef, chicken and veggie tacos, pizza, ribs, empañadas, cashew nut chicken, falafels, General Tso’s chicken, Caesar’s salad, lamb curry, coffee, tea, cupcakes, ice cream…you get the picture.

Street food has long been a staple in New Haven, especially by the Yale School of Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital and along the shore. These hot spots have been around since the ‘80s. Going back to 2010, the Medical District was getting rave reviews for its international cuisine, including this article from the New York Times.  And the accolades haven’t stopped. Carts located near Yale, Albertus Magnus College and Gateway Community College offer satisfying meals that fit in a college student’s budget while not sacrificing taste. Read what one Yale student had to say about the Sachem Street offerings in the Yale Alumni Magazine.

Although less famous than the “picture” saying, a taste is worth a thousand words.

Tip: If taking the train, hop off at the State Street Station (served by Shore Line East, the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield line and Metro-North) and you’ll be steps away from the Downtown District.

Tip: When driving into the Elm City, visit www.parknewhaven.com for information and specials.

Farms & Vineyards

Arts

More than quality of life, the Arts are a way of life in Greater New Haven.

Visitors enjoy arts and culture on a grand scale in Greater New Haven. Works by Constable, Monet, Warhol and other legendary artists on display are just the tip of the paint brush. Prefer your art al fresco? Stroll the Madison Sculpture Mile or download the walking art tour maps of New Haven and Yale University. Don’t miss Hillhouse Avenue lauded by both Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as “the most beautiful street in America“.

There is more to our art scene than the celebrated artists of yesteryear. Local galleries showcase the painting, pottery, sculpture and jewelry created by homegrown artists. The Yale Rep, the Shubert and Long Wharf Theatre produce award winning plays featuring current stars as well as up and coming actors. The music scene includes landmark pieces from the Yale School of Music, jazz at Firehouse 12 and the latest red-hot bands at College Street Music Hall.

  • Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square

    Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square

    Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square

  • Farmington Canal

    Farmington Canal

    Farmington Canal

  • Hammonasset Beach State Park

    Hammonasset Beach State Park

    Hammonasset Beach State Park

  • PEZ Visitor Center

    PEZ Visitor Center

    PEZ Visitor Center

  • Eagle Watches

    Eagle Watches

    Eagle Watches

  • Pick Your Own Pumpkins

    Pick Your Own Pumpkins

    Pick Your Own Pumpkins

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Hungry Dragons

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The New Haven Food Truck Festival and Dragon Boat Regatta celebrate their annual event each June with family-friendly events, savory food and musical entertainment. What sets this food truck festival apart from others is the Dragon Boat Regatta and its unique waterfront location on Long Wharf Pier.

As explained by John Pescatore, a two-time Olympian in rowing, of the Canal Dock Boat Corporation, a dragon boat is a 40-foot canoe with 20 paddlers, a drummer to maintain the cadence, and a sweep or steers-person. The paddlers sit side-by-side in rows of two to propel the boat for recreation, fitness, or competition.
What’s in it for me? Well, Dragon Boating is super fun, high spirited, and a great team-building experience! It’s easy to learn, extremely safe, and an activity where men and women can paddle and/or compete side by side towards the same goal. Regardless how old, young, big or little: once a paddler is in stroke, he or she is contributing to his team.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2019 festival! At that time we will provide vendor information, boat race times (dependent on the tides) and more.
 

Tours

Arts

More than quality of life, the Arts are a way of life in Greater New Haven.

Visitors enjoy arts and culture on a grand scale in Greater New Haven. Works by Constable, Monet, Warhol and other legendary artists on display are just the tip of the paint brush. Prefer your art al fresco? Stroll the Madison Sculpture Mile or download the walking art tour maps of New Haven and Yale University. Don’t miss Hillhouse Avenue lauded by both Charles Dickens and Mark Twain as “the most beautiful street in America“.

There is more to our art scene than the celebrated artists of yesteryear. Local galleries showcase the painting, pottery, sculpture and jewelry created by homegrown artists. The Yale Rep, the Shubert and Long Wharf Theatre produce award winning plays featuring current stars as well as up and coming actors. The music scene includes landmark pieces from the Yale School of Music, jazz at Firehouse 12 and the latest red-hot bands at College Street Music Hall.

  • Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square

    Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square

    Cherry Blossom Festival in Wooster Square

  • Farmington Canal

    Farmington Canal

    Farmington Canal

  • Hammonasset Beach State Park

    Hammonasset Beach State Park

    Hammonasset Beach State Park

  • PEZ Visitor Center

    PEZ Visitor Center

    PEZ Visitor Center

  • Eagle Watches

    Eagle Watches

    Eagle Watches

  • Pick Your Own Pumpkins

    Pick Your Own Pumpkins

    Pick Your Own Pumpkins

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