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What’s Springing in New Haven


Spring has finally sprung in New Haven! It’s time to get out and explore the best of what our incredible city has to offer. Forget the winter routine of grabbing coffee down Chapel Street and browsing the shops at Broadway– this season is all about embracing the outdoors, trying new things, and creating unforgettable memories. 

Whether you’re seeking adventures with friends or exploring with family, New Haven has an abundance of activities to make your spring truly blossom. So, lace up your sneakers, pack a picnic basket, and get ready to discover the five best ways to celebrate a vibrant Spring in our favorite city.

Visit Yale Peabody Museum

After a long refurbishment (4 whole years!), Yale Peabody Museum finally reopens its doors on March 26th! With the unpredictable weather in early Spring, a weekend trip to a museum is an ideal activity for people of all ages. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free?

Known for being one of the best natural history museums in New England and beyond, Yale Peabody Museum is home to three floors of fossils, ancient artifacts, and living things! A fountain of knowledge, there are also exhibitions showcasing ongoing research at Yale.

Since the reopening has been long-awaited by locals and tourists, we recommend reserving a timed ticket to guarantee access. Only a few tickets will be available at the entrance each day. So plan your trip now and while you’re down Whitney Ave, you should head into Olma Bagels for a tasty lunch. 

yale peabody museum

Stroll down the Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Those sunny, warmer Spring days are made for walks and bike rides. The Farmington Canal Heritage Trail can be as relaxing or adventurous as you want. With the trail heading up 84 miles to Northampton, MA, you can tailor your experience to be whatever you want. It’s a great way to see the trees blossoming and nature awakening within walking distance from downtown New Haven. 

Hidden away from the main roads and walkways in New Haven, the Farmington Canal Walk is a beautiful car-free walk or bike ride starting in the heart of our city. Canal Street is found left off Prospect Street just before Benjamin Franklin College if traveling from New Haven Green. Why not take a picnic and make a day of your springtime stroll? 

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail

Marvel at Wooster Square’s Blooming Cherry Blossoms

Is it Spring in New Haven without a walk around Wooster Square’s cherry blossoms? In fact, people come from near and very far to get an instant-worthy shot. The 72 Yoshino cherry blossom trees bordering the green are such a popular attraction that we recommend visiting in off-peak times. Keep updated with the local cherry blossom watchers and head over on a weekday mid-morning as soon as they come into full bloom. You won’t regret it!

Wooster Square is also known for its famous traditional apizza restaurants (Pepe’s and Sally’s) and delightful Italian bakeries (Libby’s and Lucibello’s). Why not grab a cookie and hot drink to enjoy on one of the park’s benches as you gaze up at the blossoms? You won’t be disappointed!

This year, Wooster Square will hold Add Imageits 51st Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Attracting thousands of visitors, this event includes live music, food trucks, and all-around good vibes. This Spring Extravaganza takes place on Sunday, April 14th from Noon till 4:30 pm.

wooster square cherry blossoms

Gather at New Haven’s Night Market

Each Spring and Fall, The Town Green District hosts an evening bazaar like no other. This celebration of local businesses, community, and creatives takes place in a different downtown location for each event. This Spring on May 17th, New Haven’s night market takes place in Ninth Square Historic District which is within the areas of Church, Court, State, and Crown Street. Don’t forget to bring your tote bag!

The best thing about the night market is that it’s a free, non-ticketed event that welcomes everyone. There is a stage for musical acts, a game zone with giant lawn games, public murals to contribute to, and plenty of food and drink options. New Haven Night Market runs from 5 pm-10 pm so there is even time to grab a drink at Bar Social beforehand.

new haven night market

Enjoy a taste of New Haven’s Spring Menus

New Haven’s Restaurant Week is another Spring and Fall event that cannot be missed. It’s the best way to explore the city’s culinary scene and sample new seasonal menus from the city’s top restaurants. This Spring’s restaurant week is April 14th-19th so mark your calendar now! Menus and participating restaurants are announced shortly before the week begins. 

Many of downtown’s well-known restaurants have fixe-prix menus for the week that include three courses at attractive prices. Foodies will not want to miss the opportunity to indulge in some world-class cuisine. If the weather allows, embrace the outdoor dining options and truly enjoy Spring in the city.

new haven restaurant week

For those looking to extend their springtime explorations in New Haven or seeking a vibrant place to call home, New Haven Towers offers a variety of apartments that put you right in the heart of the city’s seasonal festivities.