How students can maximize their extra hour of sun

March 10, 2024

Quinnipiac students on the York Hill campus on a bicycle talking during a spin class

With the extra hour of light as a result of daylight saving time, Bobcats can seize the opportunity to enhance their productivity. It's a prime moment for Bobcat Nation to embrace the transition into spring and enjoy in the warm weather.

Sleeping Giant State Park: Experience the beautiful spring views of greenery and flowers while exploring more than 30 miles of trails, just across the street from the Mount Carmel Campus. Take a leisurely hike along the many scenic trails and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature.

Cheer on Bobcats to victory: With 21 Division I teams to choose from, there's a good chance there's a home game in action. Root on your favorite Bobcat team to victory at one of the university's many outdoor stadiums, fields and courts throughout the spring.

Farmington Canal Heritage Trail: Conveniently 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. There are also numerous opportunities to stop for a bite to eat, connect with other trail systems or check out livestock.

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.

Shop local at a local farmers market: Make the most of the extra hour of daylight by exploring your favorite farmers market. Discover fresh produce, artisanal goods and locally sourced items while supporting small businesses in Connecticut.

Take advantage of the Quad: Enjoy walking around the hub of student activity on the Mount Carmel Campus. Here you will find students, professors, and Boomer walking around. Whether you want to grab food from the nearby dining halls or Starbucks, study, or hang out with friends, it's a great place to be.

Unwind on the North Haven Campus: Enjoy the natural views of the North Haven Campus. Participate in outdoor yoga, take a walk around the ponds or enjoy a book on the swinging bench. It's a great place to enjoy the sun and clear your mind.

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.

Pick apples, peaches, pumpkins or berries: Visit one of the numerous orchards and farms in the area. The most difficult decision may be what to pick.

Explore some of the best pizza in the world: Indulge yourself in authentic New Haven-style pizza by visiting the Little Italy area of New Haven. Bring a group of friends to experience the classic Italian flavors as you dine in the sunshine.

Take a stroll on the beach in West Haven: On a warm sunny day, take a short drive to the shoreline. Bradley Point Park in West Haven offers a walking trail and some delicious seafood within the surrounding area. Don't forget your beach umbrella!

Sign up for an outdoor spin class on York Hill: Elevate your fitness routine by taking an outdoor spin class on the York Hill Campus. Embrace the warmth of the sun as you pedal to the rhythm of music and enjoy views of East Rock Park, West Rock State Park and Long Island Sound.

Play Pickleball: Ready to dink and dunk? The Mount Carmel Campus is always bustling with new activities but picking up a new hobby of pickleball can add some fun to the extra hour in the day. Gather your friends and grab your paddles for some friendly competition.

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