Beautiful Connecticut is renowned for its colorful autumn foliage, but it offers so much more for those who accept a travel nursing assignment there. Spreading 13 weeks (or more) around the fall months may be especially ideal, but you’ll find lots to do in your off time in every season, particularly in and around New Haven. While this Ivy League town is large enough to offer plenty of attractions, it’s still small enough to provide a friendly, welcoming feel.
Here are a few reasons you should consider New Haven and the broader state of Connecticut for your next travel nursing job:
1. Explore an Ivy League campus
New Haven may best be known as the home of Yale University, a three-centuries-old institution. You don’t have to be a student to take advantage of its many offerings, including concerts, the historic Old Campus, and guided tours.
2. Hit the Beach at Lighthouse Point Park
Lighthouse Point Park on Long Island Sound is one of the best places to be during the warmer months of the year. It offers beaches for swimming, a lighthouse to tour, paddling excursions, and other water sports—and even a 1920s carousel, one of less than 100 still in operation today.
3. Catch a UConn Women’s Basketball Game at the XL Center
The XL Center is home to the UConn Huskies, one of the country’s most successful women’s basketball programs, with a record 11 NCAA Division National Championships, 40 conference regular season and tournament championships, and more. You’re practically guaranteed a fun time coming out to cheer on this team.
4. Take the Train to the Big Apple
It’s easy to reach New York City from New Haven by hopping on the train for an exciting day trip. After just a two-hour train ride, you’ll find nearly an endless list of things to do in NYC, from exploring The Met (Metropolitan Museum of Art) to people-watching in Central Park and window shopping on Fifth Avenue. You may want to catch a Broadway show at one of the over three dozen Broadway theaters, and if you stick around after dark, be sure to take in the bright neon signs of Times Square.
5. Indulge Your Passion for Art
New Haven boasts a thriving arts scene; in fact, in this city, art is almost everywhere you look. There are 16 galleries and dozens of smaller alternative spaces for exploring it. The most famous gallery can be found at Yale University, established in 1832 as the nation’s oldest university art museum. Its extensive collection includes installations from around the globe, with art from numerous cultures. The Yale Center for British Art displays features British drawings, prints, paintings and sculptures, among other pieces, from the Elizabethan period to modern works.
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