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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Premise
“A 26 mile 40 ride to the history and ocean view of our lighthouse. On your way pass Hither Hill State Park where New York’s own Teddy Roosevelt trained his “ Rough Riders “!”
  • 80 locals recommend
Aquarium
“A must do while you are here...I don’t care how old you are. And, don’t miss the penguins!!”
  • 54 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“A great maritime museum with lots of story telling and magnificent boats all shapes and sizes. A historical educational village that takes you back in time... A great family day trip!”
  • 70 locals recommend
Casino
“So much more than gambling! A rainy day favorite for shopping, entertaining shows, and a multitude of dining options. Having Foxwoods so near also makes the Winter months in Mystic pass a little quicker. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A world class art gallery -- spanning the globe and historical eras -- set in an early example of one of architecture's great masters, Louis Kahn (see his later masterpiece across the street: the Yale Center for British Art). A newer addition has expanded the experience.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Great side trip especially on a rainy day. If you are interested in art and art history this is a nice diversion - stop for lunch and shopping in Amagansett or East Hampton afterwards. Be sure to check the hours - as they are limited.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Bookstore
“A beautiful campus to see. Have a store on the main drive if you want to buy various Yale items. Roughly 40 minutes away.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Bar
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“Fun live music venue. Gets really crowded on the weekends in the city. Week day show might be a better bet.”
  • 43 locals recommend
History Museum
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“Mark Twain's home is a beautiful Queen Anne style design, and the tours are fabulous. They also have a gallery and host exhibits featuring many different artists, so a visit here goes beyond just the works of Mark Twain. It's also directly next to the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe, so you can visit both with one stop.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Six Flags is a huge attraction with rides for all ages. It has a Halloween theme season as well. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe - this local pizzeria is renowned for establishing the "New Haven-style thin-crust apizza" baked in coal-fired ovens topping 800 degrees. Expect long lines with both locals and tourists, but catch it at an off hour and enjoy a real treat.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Trail
“Miles of trails surround this historic park. If you're up for the challenge, hike up the side of the rock for excellent views of New Haven at the top! ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Hotel
“Local, upscale. Excellent gourmet dining. Arrive early to get a table on the porch and watch the world go by. Pricey, but worth it. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Aquarium
“If you have any itch at all for an aquarium, this one is worth the charge. From big (sharks) to small (glowing jellyfish) to in-between (regular seal shows), the Maritime's got it all. Even better than the fish, though, is the old-school IMAX theater adjoined to it. You can see a 45-minute flick without entering the Aquarium. At thirty years old, and slated to be torn down soon, see the six-story screen while you can. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Museum
“This is one of the oldest and most prolific natural history museums in the world. Founded in 1866 it contains the Great Hall of Dinosaurs, multiple exhibits dedicated to human and mammal evolution, wildlife dioramas, Egyptian artifacts, birds, minerals and Native American displays. There are hands on exhibits for the kids and is located in a beautiful area of New Haven right in the Yale University grounds.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Home to the infamous Taylor Swift! Catch a glimpse while browsing the shops or taking a walk to the lighthouse. Also be sure to check out The Ocean House and if you have littles ones, The Flying Horse Carousel is the oldest operating carousel in the US in which the horses are suspended from chains. This is conveniently located next to St. Clare's Annex which has the best homemade ice cream in the area. Olympia Tea Room has great dinner with great views as well!”
  • 24 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Casino
“So much more than gambling! A rainy day favorite for shopping, entertaining shows, and a multitude of dining options. Having Foxwoods so near also makes the Winter months in Mystic pass a little quicker. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Founded in 1925 by Frank Pepe - this local pizzeria is renowned for establishing the "New Haven-style thin-crust apizza" baked in coal-fired ovens topping 800 degrees. Expect long lines with both locals and tourists, but catch it at an off hour and enjoy a real treat.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Casino
“About twenty minutes away. I like this casino better than Foxwoods, smaller but nicer and great food options ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Hotel
“It used to be that if you wanted to party on the East End, you were either battling the lines and awful people at horrible clubs like Pink Elephant (RIP) and Jet East (RIP) in Southampton, reverting to your old college ways at Stephen’s Talkhouse, or getting really messy at The Point and Memory Motel in Montauk (which is absolutely still a good idea). Now, everyone just goes to the Surf Lodge - or tries to. At this point, Saturday nights are completely off limits. It’s an absolute zoo. We get our Surf Lodge in around 6 or 7pm for an early cocktail and live music, or on a rainy Friday when it’s empty. Eating a full meal here isn’t necessary, unless you’re booking with the hopes of eating dinner here to skip the line.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Pizza Place
“Also a decent pizza place (known for mashed potato pie), BAR is a brewery with good beer that has a dance floor in back where younger crown goes on weekends.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Well known, well appointed and wonderful food. Northern Italian for the most part and locally grown and sourced produce and fish. Fab brunch on Sundays in the off season. See and be seen!”
  • 41 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“A favorite! Sophisticated bar scene. Part of the Hillstone Group, well known for their beautiful rich interiors, open kitchen, superior service and great food! ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“This and Bostwick's On the Harbor off Gann Road in Springs are def favorites for Seafood!!! The Harbor has incredibly beautiful sunsets and great happy hour specials. The Chowder House is casual and fun w extra delish seafood! Warning: ALWAYS CROWDED!”
  • 35 locals recommend

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