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10 Fun And Free Things To Do Around SCSU

10 Fun And Free Things To Do Around SCSU

Southern Connecticut State University is so awesome because of everything that surrounds campus. These are 10 fun and free things to do around SCSU!

Southern Connecticut State University is located in New Haven, CT, one of the culture capitals of the United States. With a rich historical background, museums and things to do are everywhere. In this article I highlight the top 10 things to do around SCSU that are completely FREE! Perfect for my fellow broke college students out there. From hiking to window shopping there’s a ton of free stuff to do around SCSU for everyone!

1. A hike up West Rock!

You know that mountain you see outside your dorm room? It’s West Rock! Just a few minutes away from campus this is the perfect place to take a hike. At the top point you can see all of New Haven. So grab your gang and spend a day up at West Rock.

2. Jam Out On the New Haven Green!

 Every summer the New Haven green is home to shows of great musicians of all genres. Past performers include Earth, Wind, and Fire, Clay Aiken, and  And guess what? It’s completely FREE! This years lineup includes The Wailers and Rusted Root.


3. Take a stroll at the shops at Yale

A shopper’s dream! Not only is this the perfect scenic route, it’s the perfect place to window shop for your next fit. With stores like Urban Outfitters, Barbour, J. Crew, and Lou Lou, it’s the perfect place to look for style inspo.

4. Yale art gallery

This gallery includes world renowned exhibits such as Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light, Candy / a Good and Spacious Land, and Small-Great Objects Anni and Josef Albers in the Americas. Oh, and they have a few Picasso pieces. So if you want to admire some amazing art and become cultured take a visit!

5. Climb high at Sleeping Giant State Park!

The tower at Sleeping Giant is one of the highest points in Connecticut at 738ft! Just a few exits away from campus this is another great way to spend your day bonding with friends!


6. Shoot for the Stars at Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium

Friends with an astronomy major or just obsessed with the universe? Then you both will love the free planetarium shows at Leitner! They are presented each Sunday afternoon at 3pm and Tuesday nights at 7pm and 8 pm. Get there early because it’s a first come, first serve basis. So grab some of your girls and go reach for the stars!

7. Get tan at Silver Sands!

Want a beautiful escape from campus but can’t afford a full vacation? Take a trip down to Silver Sands. It’s a beautiful scenery and view of Long Island Sound! Love animals? Silver Sands has a diverse wildlife including deer, turkeys, and foxes. This beach at sunset is one of the most beautiful views ever! A picture of here on sunset is definitely insta-worthy!

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8. Tour Yale’s Campus!

Are you a Gossip Girl fan? Visit Blair’s dream school!  Yale is one of the top Ivy League schools in the country and is world renowned. With so many great people as alumni just one visit will make you feel prestige! Alumni include James Franco, Hillary Clinton, Anderson Cooper, and George W. Bush.

9. Check out a free show at Toad’s Place!

Toad’s Place is where the legends play, check out future legends on free nights! Some of the current free shows include A Tribute to Prince on June 17. 

10. East Rock State Park

This park is the ultimate oasis, filled with amazing greenery! It spans 427 acres and is the perfect place to chill with your friends! Get your speakers and some snacks and go listen to your favorite songs!


Do you have any other suggestions for fun and free things to do around SCSU!? Share in the comments below!

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