New Haven in the Spring

May 1, 2008

K.G., 1L

New Haven is beautiful in the spring. The first few days of truly amazing weather are upon us here, and it reminds me of all the fun things there are to do in and around town.

Rob Harrison, professor of legal writing and research, sent out an email to all students today describing a 15 min walk to Wooster Square, which is full of cherry blossoms in bloom. In his words, “I urge you in the strongest possible terms to take 30 minutes out of your day to look at an amazing collection of cherry trees that are so beautiful, they will lift your spirits and sing to your soul.”

Another one of my favorite places to walk is East Rock Park. About a 30 min walk from campus, East Rock offers a great view of New Haven and the surrounding areas. It’s the closest place where you can go to remember that New Haven is on the coast, because you can see the water from the top of the rock.

If the weather is really nice out, Lighthouse Point Beach can be a lot of fun. Just a 15 minute drive from campus and you’re at a nice beach where you can lay out or go for a swim. I went to Lighthouse Point at least a few times early fall when it was still warm enough to feel like summer.

Also, Bishop’s Orchard and Lyman Orchard are great places to go in the summer and fall months. Both are just 20 minutes away by car and allow you to pick apples, berries, and other fruit.

In New Haven, the seasonal farmer’s market should be starting up again soon. Every weekend, people sell local produce in Wooster Square and downtown on the Green. It’s a great place to get fresh fruits and veggies.

Also, spring is a great time for outdoor sports in New Haven. Students play in ultimate Frisbee leagues and get together for tennis games in local parks. Joggers are out in swarms these days, making the most of the perfect weather.

There is so much to do in New Haven when the weather is nice -- it makes it hard to start studying for finals! Fortunately, we have Yale’s wonderful grading system to save us!