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Things To Do in the Area

Arts & Ideas Festival (June 14-28)
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The International Festival of Arts & Ideas is a 15-day festival of performing arts, lectures, and conversations that celebrates the greatest artists and thinkers from around the world. 

Artspace-Center for Contemporary ArtArtspace-Center for Contemporary Art
Hours: Wed & Thurs. 11am-6pm, Fri 11am-8pm Sat 2pm-8pm, Sun 12pm-5pm; Admission: No Charge
Features rotating exhibitions of contemporary art in all media and a permanent collection of affordable works by local and regional artists.

Barker Character, Comic and Cartoon MuseumBarker Character, Comic and Cartoon Museum
Hours: Sat 11am-5pm; Admission:  No Charge
Features a unique collection of childhood nostalgia from lunch boxes to toys and advertising memorabilia from comics and television.

Barnes MuseumBarnes Museum
Hours: Mon- Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri & Sat 9am-5pm; Admission:  Adults $2.00 /Children $1.00
Features antique furniture, glassware and other items in home built in 1836 by Amon Bradley.   

Connecticut Art TrailConnecticut Art Trail
Here is a project that can keep you busy year-round: explore the 15 world-class museums and historic sites that comprise the Connecticut Art Trail. The trail meanders among historic sites, bucolic farms, art studios and artists' houses to grand and modern art museums in vibrant downtowns. Discover diverse, quality collections rich in history and heritage, including European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture. The trail includes a feature called Trail Getaways that presents recommended itineraries along with helpful suggestions for nearby places to visit and dine. In the Greater New Haven region the trail includes the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven.

Connecticut Post Shopping MallConnecticut Post Shopping Mall
The Westfield Connecticut Post Mall, located in Milford, has over 190 stores. These include H&M, JCPenney, Macy's, Sears, Target, Aldo, American Eagle Outfitters, and many more. Additionally, the Connecticut Post Cinema De Lux 14 has tons of movies for friends and family to watch and enjoy together!

Connecticut River MuseumConnecticut River Museum
Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-5pm; Admission:  Adults $7.00 /Children $4.00 (under 6 Free) Seniors $6.00
Located on the waterfront in Essex, this is a place to explore the heritage and experience the wonders of New England’s Great River.

Eli Whitney Museum and WorkshopEli Whitney Museum and Workshop
The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop at 915 Whitney Avenue in Hamden honors the inventor of the cotton gin. The museum is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families. Visitors may take part in experiments that are the roots of design and invention. The museum includes a historic site based on a manufacturing village that Eli Whitney designed. It now includes a covered bridge, a forge, a barn, an armory, a water lab, a factory model, and a gun collection. A fascinating walk through the fundamentals of invention. Open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day and Wednesdays through Sundays the rest of the year. Phone: 203-777-1833.

Florence Griswold MuseumFlorence Griswold Museum
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-5pm; Admission:  Adults $8.00 /Children $4.00 Seniors/Students $7.00
Features extensive collections of American art and history, including the recently acquired Hartford Steam Boiler Collection.

Knights of Columbus MuseumKnights of Columbus Museum
Hours:  Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am-5pm (Closed Oct. 7th, 9-18th); Admission:  No Charge
Features both special exhibits of religious art and history and a large permanent exhibit showcasing the Order's history.

Leitner Family Observatory and PlanetariumLeitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
Located at Yale University, this observatory and planetarium opened in early 2009 to the delight of star lovers and planet chasers in New England. Located at 355 Prospect Street, the observatory and planetarium is open to the general public on Tuesday nights (October-March at 6 p.m.; April-September at 8 p.m.). The shows will include a live presentation highlighting planets and constellations visible in the night sky, as projected onto the planetarium's 30-foot dome, followed by Passport to the Universe, a digitally projected tour through the solar system, galaxy and beyond. Shows will last approximately 35-40 minutes and, weather permitting; telescopes will be set up for observing afterwards. Phone: 203-285-8840.

New Haven Museum and Historical SocietyNew Haven Museum and Historical Society
Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 12pm-5pm; Admission:  Adults $4.00 /Children $2.00 (under 6 Free) Seniors$3.00/ Students $2.00
The society features a museum, library, and a manuscript collection and presents a variety of programs and exhibits.

R.J. Julia BooksellersR.J. Julia Booksellers
This bookstore, located at 768 Boston Post Road in Madison, CT, opened two decades ago as an independent bookstore whose mission was -- and is -- to be a place where words matter and where writers meet readers. The store hosts more than 200 events a year. Authors from all over the country visit the store to inspire, educate, and entertain. A knowledgeable staff, opinionated book selections with shelf-talker tags help book lovers find books that are just right for them. Open daily, Phone: 203-245-3959.

Shore Line Trolley MuseumShore Line Trolley Museum
Hours: Mon-Sunday 10:30am-4:30pm  (Closed Sat & Sun  for Month of October); Admission: Adults $8.00 /Children $4.00 (under 2 Free)
A voyage into the past, from the growl of the motors, to the smell of the electric arc, to the feel of rattan seats and hardwood detailing.

The Shubert TheaterThe Shubert Theater
Opened in 1914, the Shubert Theater on College Street in New Haven earned the title Birthplace of the Nation's Greatest Hits, by staging more than 300 shows that later opened in New York. Best known for its Broadway presentations, the Shubert also hosts artists of ballet, opera, classical music, jazz, big bands and popular solo artists. From Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the Moscow Festival Ballet, the Schubert covers the arts around the globe. Among the 2010 shows are Bill Maher, "Chicago," "Annie," "Sleeping Beauty," "The Wedding Singer," "Beauty and the Beast," and more. Phone: 203-624-1825

Sleeping GiantSleeping Giant
The hiking committee of the Sleeping Giant State Park Association has devised a series of guided hikes through this magnificent park throughout 2010. Themes of the hikes are identified, such as Winter Tree Identification Hike, Spring Hikers' Hike (warning: strenuous!), History-of-the-Giant Hike, Spring Earth Day Ceremony and Hike, Spring Wildflower Hike, Early Bird Watchers' Hike, First Annual Beginners' Hike, Geology-of-the-Giant Hike, Fall Foliage Hike, and Holiday Hike and Social. The public is welcome to all hikes. The entrance to Sleeping Giant State Park is opposite Quinnipiac University on Mount Carmel Avenue about one-half mile east of Whitney Avenue (Route 10) in northern Hamden.

Ten Thousand VillagesTen Thousand Villages
Browsing beautiful handmade artwork from all parts of the world is a fun way to find a special gift. Ten Thousand Villages store at 1054 Chapel Street in New Haven presents fair-trade folk art, ceramics, textiles, baskets, jewelry, wall hangings, pillows, rugs, mirrors, vases, incense, candleholders, and furniture by artists in developing world. Each product reflects the traditions of its maker. Enjoy the international music, smell the gourmet coffee, and taste rich chocolate. Your fair trade purchase helps improve the lives of thousands of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Phone: 203-776-0854.

Thomas Griswold House MuseumThomas Griswold House Museum
Hours: Sat-Sunday 11am-4pm; Admission: Adults $2.00 /Student $1.00
1774 New England saltbox house with an early blacksmith shop, a barn filled with farm implements, and a Victorian three seat outhouse.


The Wallingford Gardener's MarketThe Wallingford Gardener's Market
Located at South Colony Street at Hall Avenue in Wallingford, CT, this market is a spirited place with lots of bustle and locavore conviction. At this market, you can be sure your dollars go toward good fresh food, grown and harvested with care by local farmers and boutique gardeners. And, as usual, you buy direct from the producer; no middlemen; no long distance trucking costs. The market features fresh produce, flowers, herbs, fresh breads, eggs, local crafts, gift baskets, paintings and prints, quilts and aprons, and more. Hours, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, July17-September 25, 2010.

Ward-Heitmann House MuseumWard-Heitmann House Museum
Hours: Tues-Fri 10am-2pm; Admission: Walk-In, No Charge; Tour, $5.00
The oldest surviving structure in West Haven, Connecticut and may be the oldest within the original boundaries of New Haven Colony.

Whitfield State Historical MuseumWhitfield State Historical Museum
Hours: Wed-Sun 10am-4:30pm; Admission: Adults $8.00/Children $5.00 (under 5 Free) Seniors/Students with ID $6.00
The oldest remaining house in Connecticut, displaying historical artifacts from the culture of early New England settlers.

Yale Center for British ArtYale Center for British Art
Hours:  Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-5pm; Admission: No Charge
Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.

Yale Peabody MuseumYale Peabody Museum
The Yale Peabody Museum at Whitney Avenue and Sachem Street in New Haven contains some of the most famous finds of O.C. Marsh, the first professor of paleontology in North America, including the dinosaurs he named Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Brontosaurus. The museum is also home to Rudolph F. Zallinger’s murals The Age of Reptiles and The Age of Mammals. You can step into the world’s cultures in the Hall of Native American Cultures and Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, learn the story of human evolution in Fossil Fragments, and explore the solar system in the new Hall of Minerals, Earth, and Space. Phone: 203-432-5050.

Yale University Art GalleryYale University Art Gallery
Hours:  Tues--Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1pm-6pm; Admission: No Charge
Features a wide range of collections from ancient, American and African art to contemporary and modern art.