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    in February 2023 & All Winter Long

10 Things To Do in New Haven
in February 2023 & All Winter Long


(Updated Feb 2023, Originally posted in Feb 2021) February in New Haven usually means cold temperatures and cozy cafe meetups. But, the Elm City offers plenty of other options so you don’t have to stay cooped up inside your home until spring begins.

There are plenty of things to do and places to go to keep you on the move. Here are 10 ideas to keep you busy in New Haven during the winter!

1. Take a Stroll around Yale University Campus

Choose a self-guided tour around Yale’s prestigious campus or let a Yale student be your guide at the Yale Visitor Center. If you go the self-guided route, you can visit the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail or take a walk around Broadway. Soak in the historic buildings through College Street and along Prospect Street to take in the various campus architecture.

If you go through the Yale Visitor Center, you can expect a tour that includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Reservations are required, so be sure to call ahead. Also, Yale recommends that all outdoor tour participants are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.


2. Visit Food Truck Paradise

One thing is for sure, you’ll never go hungry in New Haven. There are rows of food trucks along Long Wharf that are located just minutes away from the downtown area. Most days, you can visit these food trucks from 11 am until 8 pm.

You can certainly taste a wide variety of flavors along this food truck paradise. From Mexican to Southern, Cuban, and Thai, there is something for everyone! Read more about food trucks here.

food trucks near yale

3. Take a Hike!

East Rock Park offers the best views of Downtown New Haven, the harbor, and Long Island Sound. Take a hike and enjoy this 425-acre park that boasts more than 10 miles of trails for walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers to explore.

As far as hikes go, East Rock is beginner friendly with clear paths. You can even walk, cycle, or drive up to the summit via Summit Drive. You’ve most likely seen the most recognizable attraction, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, from downtown. East Rock Park is open from sunrise to sunset all year.

One favorite route through the park begins at the Eli Whitney Museum car park and winds through the trees. It takes about 30 minutes to reach the top, so be sure to bundle up as you get some fresh air and see some spectacular views.

view from east rock

4. Eat World Famous Pizza

Eating world-famous pizza is a year-round activity in the Elm City. The home of pizza continues to provide the best options around.

For a traditional taste, grab a tomato pie with mozzarella from Frank Pepe’s or Modern Apizza (who both offer in-person dining and takeout). If you’re interested in another New Haven pizza delicacy, you can’t go wrong with a mashed potato and bacon pizza from Bar. When it comes to New Haven’s many pizzerias and their specialties, you’ll need longer than just February to try them all.

pizza in new haven

5. Explore the Marsh Botanical Gardens

Yale’s Marsh Botanical Gardens offer stunning collections that span over 6 greenhouses and several outdoor areas. From exotic carnivorous plants to their tropical collection and The Desert House, walk around and marvel at the stunning plant species collected and preserved by Yale researchers, faculty, and students. The outdoor and natural areas of the garden are open from 7 am to sunset every day, and it’s FREE. If you’re looking to visit the greenhouse inside, it’s recommended to make an appointment.

marsh botanical gardesn

6. Go for Brunch

Whether it’s mimosas and benedicts, or coffee and waffles, you’ll find reasonable brunch deals in several locations around the city including Pacifico’s prix fixe brunch with bottomless cocktails and Elm City Social.

If you take the 243 bus from New Haven Green and travel 15 minutes up Whalley Ave, you will get to Westville Center where you’ll find Bella’s, one of the best brunch places in the city. The line is usually out the door at Bella’s and they don’t take reservations, so you may have to wait.
Another spot that’s gaining in popularity is The Place 2 Be on Elm Street, just a block away from the Shops at Yale. This trendy spot is known for its fun food and bottomless drinks. You can get on a waitlist online before you go so you’re not waiting long when you get there.

brunch in new haven

7. Visit a CitySeed Market

Throughout the warmer months, you can find several CitySeed markets pop up around the city. The organizers have found a winter location to continue this incredible trader’s market. Head over to Conte West Hills School where they’ll be selling local goods from 10 am to 1 pm every Saturday throughout February and into March. There are around 16 vendors in the parking lot offering fresh local produce, baked treats, eggs, meat, and more.

city seed market in new haven

8. Take in a Show

When it’s cold outside, why not take in a show in one of New Haven’s cozy theaters? The Shubert Theater is located right in the heart of downtown and always has something fun going on. Long Wharf Theatre is also another well-known place to catch a show.

If music is more your thing, there are plenty of venues to hear some tunes. The College Street Music Hall and Cafe Nine are just two places to check out if you want to hear live music during the winter or any time of the year.

shubert theater new haven ct

9. It Adventures Rope Course

If you like a little adventure, then a trip to the It Adventures Rope Course needs to be on your to-do list. Located inside Jordan’s Furniture on Sergeant Drive, this course includes more than 100 aerial challenges including bridges, cargo nets, and more. Complete your course with a zip line ride over liquid fireworks. There is even a smaller course for kids under 48”.

it adventures ropes course new haven ct

10. Day at the Museum

New Haven is full of museums to keep you busy on a cold winter day. There’s the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, The Children’s Museum, and the New Haven Museum just to name a few. Learn and explore some fun topics as you make the most of your winter days.

Whether you’re outside enjoying nature, taking in a show, or tasting some delicious food, there’s always something to keep you busy on a winter’s day in New Haven.

yale peabody museum new haven ct

There are plenty of things to do in New Haven during the winter, including taking a stroll around Yale University's campus, visiting food truck paradise, taking a hike in East Rock Park, eating world-famous pizza, exploring the Marsh Botanical Gardens, going for brunch, visiting a CitySeed Market, taking in a show, and more.
Yes! They are open all winter long.
There are several theaters in New Haven where you can see a show, including the Shubert Theater, which is located in the heart of downtown, and the Long Wharf Theatre. If you're into music, you can also check out the College Street Music Hall or Cafe Nine.
One great place to go for a hike in New Haven is East Rock Park, which offers the best views of downtown New Haven, the harbor, and Long Island Sound. It boasts more than 10 miles of trails for walkers, joggers, and cross-country skiers to explore.