It’s a CINcH! (Complete Itinerary New Haven).
The Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest and one of the most important university art museums in America. It is also always free and open to the public. Spend a half day in New Haven visiting its newly renovated galleries and enjoy the architecture and boutiques of a New England college town.
1.) First stop 11am – Yale University Art Gallery located at 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven. Easy surface lot parking available at 255 Crown Street for $2 per hour. Walk through Sherman’s Alley (perhaps grab a cup of coffee at B Natural Cafe) to Chapel Street. (You can ask the parking attendant for directions). http://artgallery.yale.edu/
Read more about the “splendidly renovated and expanded” art gallery in the New York Times!
2.) Lunch Time 12pm- Along Chapel Street you will find many options to choose from, including the famous Claire’s Corner Copia located (1000 Chapel Street). Mingle with Yale professors by popping into Atticus Bookstore Café (1082 Chapel Street). http://theshopsatyale.com/category/dining/
3.) Get some exercise after lunch by strolling along the bluestone Chapel sidewalks. Visit with local merchants such as Tom at Raggs Fashions for Men (1020 Chapel Street), Phylis at Wave (1046 Chapel Street), or Kim at idiom (1014 Chapel Street). http://theshopsatyale.com/category/shopping/