Masterworks from British Empire on display at Yale center
Surround yourself with the treasures of the Empire at the Yale Center for British Art, which hosts the largest collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom. Among the 2,000 paintings are masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable and J.M.W. Turner. But the center also is home to 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts, all from the Elizabethan era onward. Also at the center, where admission is free: a vast array of activities for children and adults; concerts and gallery talks; introductory tours; and sketching sessions for all levels. Relax downstairs at the Atticus Bookstore and Cafe or, in season, in the courtyard’s Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant.
Hard to beat indoor adventure ropes course in New Haven
This attraction hits all the buttons. The sound and lighting alone features a 1,000 nozzle Liquid Fireworks water fountain that goes to the beat of 41,000 watts of stereo sound designed by the company that created Radio City Music Hall and Michael Jackson’s Tour experiences. The star of this show, the Adventure Indoor Ropes Course, is the largest such course in the world with two 60’ high ropes courses spanning over 100 activities and four of the longest Sky Rail zip lines ever made. Participants can also Jump It on the free-fall exit from the tallest level to the ropes course, walk a 200’ long catwalk 40' in the air, and dare to take on vertical climbing structures that take you sky-high. Kids under 48” tall can enjoy their very own Little It making this place perfect for families.
127 Washington Avenue, 4th Floor WestNorth Haven, CT, 06473Phone: 203-777-8550
A restaurant renaissance has made Greater New Haven a most exciting culinary destination. And then there's Yale University: with its medieval courtyards and stunning buildings -- from Gothic revival to acclaimed modernism. Can you name another area this size with world-class museums, theater and music? There are town greens to rival any in New England and preserved historic homes in even the smallest village. And alongside every town green are tiny boutiques and eclectic shops as well as superb bookstores. Now add the outdoors for long: sandy shores, nature preserves, centuries-old orchards, rocky hikes.