Tours 2022

Libraries of New Haven

Presented by Elm City Cycling

FREE. How many different kind of libraries can one city have? 

Exploring Westville

Westville Village Renaissance Alliance

FREE. Throughout the last several years, Westville Village has been expanding with new restaurants, a variety of quaint shops, and unique galleries.

The Adopted Flavors of New Haven

Presented by Elm City Cycling

FREE. Culturally diverse and teeming with flavor, New Haven soaks up the cuisines of its population.

Connecting Community to the River's Natural Resources

FREE. Take a guided walking tour of the Mill River Trail with Steve Hamm, local filmmaker and creator of Mill River’s documentary, ""A River Speaks.""

Shoreline Greenway

Presented by Elm City Cycling

FREE. Ever wish there was a way to travel Eastward on the shoreline by bike?

Historic City Point: A Hidden Gem on the New Haven Waterfront

In partnership with the New Haven Preservation Trust

FREE. Trace the City Point Historic District’s evolution from a 19th-century oystering village to a hidden beauty packed with charm on New Haven’s modern waterfront.

Sports New Haven Style

with Elm City Cycling

FREE. There are a million and one ways to get exercise, why not explore a few of the interesting sports New Haven has to offer?

Preserving Palestinian History & Culture

FREE. Explore the Palestinian experience and cultural and artistic achievements through this guided tour of the Palestine Museum with its founder Faisal Saleh.

Bibliophilia & Taphophilia for a Quasquibicentennial

In partnership with the Yale Beinecke Library

FREE. Tour two great archives that are neighbors in New Haven: Grove Street Cemetery, the nation’s first chartered burial ground, and Yale’s Beinecke Library, North America’s largest building dedicated to rare books and manuscripts.

Lost in New Haven

FREE. Remember the old Anchor neon sign, or the Rubber Match’s distinctive fonts? These iconic New Haven artifacts aren’t lost forever!

Super Moon Paddle Tour

In Partnership with the New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

The supermoon, or Strawberry Moon, will light up the sky, and you can experience it firsthand from a kayak!

Island Yoga

with Friends of Outer Island

Join a relaxing and reflective morning yoga session on Outer Island National Wildlife Refuge located in the Thimble Islands of Branford. Bring your own mat! 

Artist-led Tour of New Haven Museum exhibition “The Quantum Revolution: Handcrafted in New Haven” 

In partnership with the Yale Quantum Institute

FREE. Join New Haven-based artist Martha W. Lewis and quantum scientist Florian Carle for a tour of their exhibition to discover how quantum computers were handcrafted in New Haven by generations of researchers.

Imprint Yourself on New Haven: Learn how to make a Woodcut Block

In partnership with MakeHaven

The woodcut printmaking process involves the creation of a master printing block from which multiple prints can be made.

Historic Bridges of New Haven

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. We’ll get an inside perspective on what it takes to maintain New Haven's bridges, and how decisions to rebuild them are made with the recently re-opened Grand Avenue Bridge as a model of successful city planning.

Tapping the Possibilities

In partnership with the Regional Water Authority

FREE. Learn how an element as seemingly simple as water can have a major impact on the community by touring an innovative water treatment plant.

America’s Oldest Agricultural Experiment Station

FREE. Established in 1875, this is the oldest agricultural experiment station in the country and is still in use by researchers studying mosquitos, invasive aquatic plants, ticks, and soil, among other agricultural issues.

From Canal to Railroad to Greenway: Celebrating 200 Years of History on the Farmington Canal

FREE. Celebrate 200 years of history at the Farmington Canal, which dates back to the early 19th century.

Canoe West River

In partnership with New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

This expedition will follow the 14-mile West River, a freshwater stream that flows through Bethany, Woodbridge, New Haven, and West Haven before ending at Haven Harbor.

East Coast Greenway / Farmington Canal Trail North

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Travel North from New Haven to Cheshire and learn about plans to connect the former rail trail to Northampton, Massachussetts.

Canoe Mill River

In partnership with the New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

A roundtrip water excursion along the historic 3-mile Mill River.

Celluloid New Haven

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. New Haven has had a colorful role as the backdrop to many movies.

Riding on Mixed Surfaces

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. New Haven has its share of mixed surfaces often creating a challenge for even the most seasoned rider.

New Haven's Closet: 400 years of Queer History in the Elm City

FREE. Walking tour among New Haven's nine squares that reveals the region's hidden queer history.

Juneteenth Ride

Presented by Black & Brown Soul Cyclists

FREE. Focusing on New Haven’s foundational history of Black creativity and innovation, this ride takes bikers through key historical landmarks.

A Walk with Handsome Dan

In partnership with the Yale Visitor Center

FREE. Yale University mascot Handsome Dan XIX is excited to take YOU for a walk on a tour of Yale’s campus...from a bulldog’s point of view.

Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboard

with New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

Awaken your balance and core muscles in this structured class.

Stand-Up Paddleboard Yoga

with New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

This challenging resistance activity will test your balance and engage your core muscles in a relaxing and tranquil environment.

A Natural and Cultural Journey: Outer Island National Wildlife Refuge

Presented by Friends of Outer Island

Visit Outer Island National Wildlife Refuge, the only public island in the famous Thimble Islands of Branford, Connecticut.

New Haven's History through the Meetinghouse & Crypt Presented by New Haven Crypt

In partnership with the New Haven Crypt Association

FREE. In 2012, a tree toppled by Hurricane Sandy led to the discovery of the Colonial burial ground.

Soldiers & Sailors Tour

Presented by New Haven Department of Youth and Recreation

FREE. Climb to the top of the tower on East Rock!

Your Passport to City Parks

with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Granite rubbing stones are scattered throughout New Haven Parks.

Growing Together! Gather New Haven's Urban Farm Tour

FREE. Gather New Haven will discuss the seasonal production cycle of the Ferry Street urban Farm along with the programs that the farm supports.

District New Haven

FREE. Tour the vibrant ecosystem within District New Haven.

East Coast Greenway South

In partnership with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Travel South on the East Coast Greenway to Silver Sands State Park in Milford.

Wheel of Fortune

with Elm City Cycling

FREE. Let fate and trivia decide the ride.

Jaigantic Studios Tour

FREE. Go behind the scenes and learn how to make movie magic during this tour of Black-owned and operated Jaigantic Studios.

Black Business Owners Ride

Presented by Black & Brown Soul Cyclists

FREE. Tour the Black & Brown owned establishments of the Elm City as led by Festival Board Member Michael Twitty of Black & Brown Soul Cyclists.

Bike Tour – Waillis Lee

A Yale-China Fellowship Event

FREE. A mobile music and relationship-building ride for delivering joy to the New Haven community.

Screening: A River Speaks by Steve Hamm

FREE. A River Speaks is a beautiful, deeply bioregional film that weaves together the human and natural history of a watershed.

NXT Stop: NXTHVN

In partnership with NXTHVN

FREE. A gallery space and creative hub nestled in the heart of New Haven, NXTHVN is devoted to intergenerational mentorship, collaboration, and incubation.