Enjoy the extra hour of afternoon sunlight

March 11, 2018

Two female students sit atop Sleeping Giant State Park overlooking Quinnipiac.

As temperatures rise and daylight extends deeper into the afternoon, there are countless opportunities to enjoy the outdoors — both across our campuses and throughout the area.

With so many choices, we wanted to share some of our favorites. Please tell us how you take advantage of the warmer temperatures and extended evenings at facebook.com/quinnipiacuniversity.

Sleeping Giant State Park: Just across the street from our Mount Carmel Campus are more than 30 miles of maintained trails and a 4-story look-out tower. It’s a favorite of students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: Located just across the street from our York Hill Campus is a 58-mile paved path, stretching from New Haven to the Massachusetts border. Along the route, enjoy historic structures, canal locks and other interesting sights.

East Rock Park: Situated between the Hamden and New Haven border, this 425-acre park is the perfect place for a hike, bike ride or kayak adventure on the Mill River.

Miles of shopping: From unique small shops to prestigious brands and outlets, there are numerous opportunities to spend afternoons window shopping and picking up unique and special items to showcase your personality.

Best pizza in the world: Some of the best pizza in the world is just a few miles down the road in New Haven. Whether you prefer Pepe’s, Sally’s, Modern or Bar, the area has you covered. And as the epicenter of the pizza universe, the extra hour of daylight will help make standing in line outside for your table feel a bit more enjoyable.

Farmers markets: The region offers a rich variety of locally grown produce and specially designed arts and crafts to fill your belly and give your residence hall or apartment some unique flair.

Ice cream: From Wentworth’s and Kelly’s to Sweet Claude's and Ashley’s, there are numerous opportunities to stay cool on hot afternoons — or just catch up on homework with friends with the extended hour of sunlight.

Student Experience

Celebrate the region’s sea-going heritage: The Mystic Seaport offers a unique hands-on experience of the area’s maritime history. Learn about the region’s significance at the world-renowned museum while exploring historic ships in the harbor.

Spot a tiger or take a spin on a carousel: Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo offers numerous opportunities to learn more about a variety of wild life — as well as ways of preserving habitats around the world.

Celebrate culture under the stars: Many of the state’s greens and open spaces offer live music and theater performances throughout the spring, summer and fall. From Shakespeare to the Beatles, there’s something for everybody.

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