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7 Things to Do in
New Haven on Mother’s Day


Mother’s Day is almost here, and if you’re still wondering how to spend the day with your Mom, we have some ideas for you. From a brunch out to spending time with her doing one of her favorite hobbies or activities, there is plenty to do in New Haven on Mother’s Day.

We have compiled a list of 7 ideas to get your gears turning. Check them out below!

mothers day brunch

1. Brunch

Many moms love a good brunch, and New Haven has some good choices. Anthony’s Ocean View and Amarante’s Sea Cliff offer Mother’s Day brunch buffets. Reservations are required at both, so make sure to call ahead and book a spot.

Other places like Bella’s Cafe and Union League Cafe also serve delicious brunch. Take a look at the menus and see which place would be the best fit for your Mom.

2. Take a Hike or a Walk

If your Mom is the outdoorsy type, take her for a hike at East Rock Park in New Haven. You can choose to walk up the path or take advantage of the automobile road that is open from April to November. East Rock Park has an excellent view of the city and is a great place to walk, hike, and have a picnic.

mothers day east rock park

3. Yale University Art Gallery

If your Mom loves art, the Yale University Art Gallery is the perfect place to spend a few hours on Mother’s Day. The gallery is free and open to the public, and there is a variety of collections to explore. After or before visiting, you can walk around the area and grab a bite to eat!

4. Dinner

New Haven has plenty of restaurants that offer all types of food. Think about your Mom’s favorite food, and you’re bound to find a restaurant she’ll love. In the downtown area, you’ll find restaurants like Pacifico, Olives & Oil, Geronimo’s, BAR, and Mecha Noodle Bar, to name a few. You certainly won’t go hungry on Mother’s Day in New Haven!

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5. Wooster Square

Wooster Square is another beautiful area in the Elm City to take a walk and check out the surroundings. Nearby Wooster Street is known for its famous pizza spots like Sally’s and Pepe’s. You can also visit Libby’s Pastry Shop for dessert. This is a lovely area for a stroll and to take in the scenery.

6. Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Point Park is another popular outdoor spot in New Haven. Take a drive through the park or walk along the sand. It’s a nice place to take in the views of Long Island Sound and just relax. The park is also home to a working carousel. Although there were once more than 10,000 working carousels in the 1920s, The Lighthouse Park Carousel is one of less than 100 that are still in use today. For a small fee, you can ride on one of the 72 mounted figures. Let your Mom be a kid at heart with this fun treat!

lighthouse point park

7. Movies at the Criterion

Take your Mom to a movie on Mother’s Day at the Bow Tie Criterion Cinemas on Temple Street. There’s a parking garage right across the street for convenient parking. This is a smaller theater than some of the ones you’ll find at the mall, but it’s still a great place to watch the latest movies and enjoy the concessions.

Whether you’re enjoying nature, grabbing some great food, or catching a movie, New Haven has plenty of choices for Mother’s Day this year. Who says you have to pick just one? Make it a day of fun for your Mom by combining a couple of these ideas for a Mother’s Day to remember!

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