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7 Things You Can (Still) Do in
New Haven in February 2021

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With its icy temperatures, February in New Haven is usually the ideal time to enjoy museum trips, cozy café meet-ups, and bundled up winter walks. While some of these options remain possible, the pandemic has affected our usual February weekends. The following list of activities are proof that you don’t have to stay trapped in your home for the next 28 days! Get out, explore and keep enjoying the amazing attractions New Haven has to offer.

 
1. Stroll around Yale University Campus
Wrap up warm and go for a walk around Yale’s prestigious campus. From the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail to a walk around Broadway, there are many impressive buildings to walk past and history to soak in. I enjoy the walk from the New Haven Green up though College Street and along Prospect Street taking in the various campus college’s architecture.

Yale’s official visitor tours may be cancelled but you can still explore campus as well as enjoying the online virtual guides on offer. Why not watch an informative virtual tour before heading out to see the sights in person?

TOUR YALE UNIVERSITY

2. Visit Food Truck Paradise

New Haven is a foodie city with global cuisine options. Just a walk or short drive away from downtown New Haven is the Food Truck Paradise at Long Wharf. Even in February, you’ll find several top-quality street food vendors ready to serve you warm comfort eats from 11am till 8pm every day.

If you’re enjoying a socially-distanced date or catch-up with friends, the food trucks have options to everyone’s taste. From Mexican to Southern, Cuban to Thai, you’ll be spoilt for choice! I highly recommend checking out Mexicalli Black Truck for their insanely tasty tacos with all the toppings including dairy-free guacamole. I prefer their al pastor tacos but for $1.50 each, you might as well try a few!

food trucks near yale

3. Hike up East Rock

For the best views of Downtown New Haven, the harbor and Long Island Sound, enjoy the nature trials up East Rock.  The 425-acre park boasts over 10 miles of trials 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 it’s the most recognizable attraction, the Soldiers and Sailors Monument, from downtown. East Rock Park is open from sunrise to sunset all year.

My favorite route starts at the Eli Whitney Museum car park and winds through the trees. It’s a clearly marked path and takes about 30 minutes to reach the top. So put on your hat, gloves and boots to get some fresh air and see some spectacular views.

view from east rock

4. Eat World Famous Pizza

Every month in New Haven is pizza month and the pandemic hasn’t stopped that! Whether you get take-out or eat-in at the many socially-distanced pizzerias, February is perfect time to enjoy a deliciously hot pizza.

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, I suggest ordering a mashed potato and bacon pizza from Bar and you will not be disappointed. When it comes 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

For a change of scenery, head over to Mansfield Street to Yale’s Marsh Botanical Gardens and view their stunning collections spanning 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 researchers, faculty and students at Yale. The 8 acres of gardens are open to the public free of change from Monday to Friday 9am-4pm.

marsh botanical gardesn

6. Go for Brunch

Even during a pandemic, New Haven’s love of weekend brunch cannot be stopped. Many of the city’s restaurant have worked hard to make socially distanced brunch possible this winter. Whether its 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 and two of the best brunch spots in the city. Every weekend, you’ll likely find queues out the door for both Bella’s and Lena’s. You can reserve your place on Yelp and enjoy the independent shops that Westville has to offer while waiting for your table to be ready.

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 10am to 1pm every Saturday throughout February. There are around 16 vendors in the parking lot offering fresh local produce, baked treats, eggs, meat and more.

From natural escapes to indulgent eateries, New Haven continues to be the place that has it all! Don’t let the wintery weather or pandemic stop you from enjoying this incredible city.

city seed market in new haven