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Fort Nathan Hale Park

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Fort Hale Park, New Haven, CT

Activity Overview

Fort Nathan Hale Park is a historic site and recreation area in New Haven, Connecticut. It is the home of a historic fort named after local Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale that dates back to 1659, and today features fascinating reconstructions of forts from both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Other attractions within the park include a beach, a playground, hiking trails, and a striking statue of Nathan Hale. It is also a great place to enjoy activities such as fishing, bird watching, and wildlife viewing.

Things to Do

  • Enjoy the beautiful views of New Haven Harbor while sunbathing on the sandy beach.
  • Go on a family hike and explore the park's trails, which feature interpretive signs with information on its many historic and cultural landmarks.
  • Take your little one to the playground, where they can swing, slide, and climb for hours.
  • Teach your child how to fish on the fishing pier!

Fort Nathan Hale Park Insider Tips

  • Don't forget your camera so that you can take photos of the historic fort recreations as well as the Nathan Hale statue in the heart of the park.
  • Have a picnic in the park while enjoying the scenic views and wildlife instead of spending money at the concession stand.
  • Consider bringing along a bird guide and a pair of binoculars - the park is one of the best bird watching sites in the area!

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