Sports & Recreation
Yale University's Bulldogs compete year-round, with men's and women's varsity teams participating in baseball, softball, basketball, football, ice hockey, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and other sports.
Bicycling in New Haven and the surrounding areas is a popular pastime among commuters, recreational and competitive cyclists. Elm City Cycling provides information about cycling routes, bike racks, local bicycle retailers, events and other resources.
New Haven's Public Parks: New Haven's parks — including East Rock Park, Edgewood Park and West Rock Park — offer verdant venues for walking, running, hiking and picnicking, as well as tennis, basketball, softball and other outdoor activities. Visit the city's Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees for details.
Connecticut's Public Beaches and Parks: New Haven is within easy access to many of Connecticut's best beaches and state parks, offering a variety of both relaxing and invigorating environments. Close-by Long Island Sound beaches include Lighthouse Point Park, Morse Beach and Sandy Point Beach. Towns east of New Haven along the Shoreline, from Branford to Old Saybrook, maintain public beaches. The two-mile-long beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison is an especially popular summer destination. Favorite state parks in the area include Sleeping Giant and West Rock Ridge, both in Hamden, and Chatfield Hollow in Killingworth. For more information, visit the state's Department of Environmental Protection (click on "Outdoor Recreation," then "State Parks & Forests").
The Course at Yale, opened in 1926, is recognized as one of the finest and most-challenging collegiate golf courses in the country. The site of numerous college tournaments over the decades, the course is the "home field" of Yale's golf teams — as well as its cross-country teams — and is open to Yale students and employees, including YNHH residents, at affordable fees. Tee times must be made four days in advance by calling 203.392.2376 (or 203.392.2377).
New Haven Open at Yale: Many of the world's top professional women tennis players travel to New Haven every August to compete in the annual New Haven Open at Yale, a major U.S. Tennis Association tournament. Held at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, the nationally televised, one-week event has drawn nearly 77,000 spectators. Among the hundreds of volunteers who help run the tournament are dozens of YNHH residents and fellows. Contact the GME House Staff Office for information on becoming a volunteer.