Science and nature attractions in New Haven CT can enrich your vacation
Ansonia Nature and Recreation Center
10 Deerfield Lane
Ansonia, CT, 06401
Once a small family-owned dairy farm, the park is laced with two and one-half miles of nature trails. The land encompasses 104 acres of wooded hills and grassy fields bisected by streams, a two acre pond, wet meadows, and an upland swamp. A butterfly/hummingbird garden and a woodland wildflower and fern garden grace the visitor center. Also, soccer, baseball, and softball fields; several acres reserved for community gardening; and a large playscape for younger children.
Hours: Daily sunup to sundown; interpretive center open 9 a.m. t o 5 p.m. daily except holidays.
New Haven, CT
Lighthouse tours, water sports, marine biology programs, paddling tours
Along with the usual water sports, this marvelous park jutting into Long Island Sound is centered upon a historic lighthouse. The East Shore Rangers offer tours to the lighthouse and lots of programs for adults and kids in marine biology, sailing, and history of the park. The Rangers have a salt-water touch tank and other aquariums for amateur marine biologists to enjoy.
Eli Whitney Museum
915 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT, 06517
Museum focusing on Eli Whitney's life, his inventions and his legacy. In addition to historic exhibits, the museum also holds a water learning lab and outdoor study areas. The barn, built in 1816, is the site of special events throughout the year.
Hours: HOurs change seasonally; call ahead.
Admission: free; charge for programs.
Connecticut Audobon Coastal Center
1 Milford Point Road
Open: Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm
Set on the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound, this natural haven is one of Connecticut's best bird-watching spots. Admission: $3 adults, $2 children under 13.
New Haven, CT
This center sits at the foot of West Rock Ridge and includes 40 acres of woods and fields, and hundreds of different plant species located along interpretive trails that have been strategically located. Wintergreen Brook, with a waterfall, gorge, and pool, moves through the property Good place for bird watching. Picnic grove. Open sunrise to sunset.