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Lace Up Your Hiking Shoes and Head to East Rock Park

East Rock Park ranks right near the top of the list of the best things to do in New Haven, and that’s largely because of its beautiful views. Head to the outskirts of the park, and you’ll catch a glimpse of the entire community of New Haven—not to mention the Long Island Sound and the New Haven Harbor.

In order to earn this view, you have two options for hiking up to the highest point of the park. There’s a paved road that’s open to walkers and bikers, which is best suited for anyone who’s not much of an avid hiker. But if you are, you’ll probably prefer the unpaved trails. These hiking paths can get steep and rocky at times, but they’ll grant you a great workout on your way to the top. Overall, folks say when you want to get outside and go for a walk, East Rock Park is a solid local spot.