New Haven is a thriving Connecticut city that attracts thousands of visitors every year. While many come here for New Haven's historical significance as America's oldest community, many families approach the city because of the attractions geared toward people visiting New Haven with children. New Haven is also home to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas and Five Mile Point Lighthouse, and the seat of Yale University.
Visiting New Haven with children is an easy, interesting idea that parents should explore. The first stop in your visit should be the Connecticut Children's Museum, which features a child-size replica of a construction site, complete with cranes, and a post office where children can take the place of mail carriers and send and receive letters. The museum also boasts an impressive collection of murals and a series of hands-on rooms where children can explore anything from optical illusions to gravity.
Visiting New Haven with children requires also a stop at Amistad, a faithful replica of the ship that brought slaves to America and was the basis for the popular Spielberg's film. Amistad is open for tours and is a great stop for those visiting New Haven with children and trying to get a sense of the local history.
Another great museum for those visiting New Haven with children is the Shore Line Trolley Museum, which houses more than 100 vintage wagons plus a sizable collection of memorabilia related to the history of trolleys. The museum is slightly out of the city center, in East Haven, but it can be easily accessed by public transportation or a quick drive. The trip is especially worthy for those visiting New Haven with children in the summer, when a restored trolley car offers trips around the museum's area for less than $6 US Dollars.
People who are visiting New Haven with children also warrants a quick stop at one of the many parks and natural green spaces in the city. East Rock Park, for example, offers picnic facilities and a chance to visit a bird's sanctuary, and West Rock Ridge State Park offers another quick view into local history by allowing visitors to enter the Judges' Cave, where the fate of King Charles I was sealed.