There are 427 acres in East Rock Park and the entire park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. East Rock Park is a fabulous place for people to go hiking and the views of New Haven, Long Island, and Long Island Sound are breathtaking from the top of the cliffs. Besides hiking, people can also snowshoe, cross-country ski, bicycle, and picnic almost everywhere in the park. There is even an area with multiple sports fields and courts as well as a playground for young children.
Lee Shubert and Winthrop Ames leased the site that the theater is on and built two playhouses next to each other. Lee and J.J. Shubert operated the larger playhouse, which they named Sam S. Shubert Memorial Theater after their brother who died in 1905. There have been numerous productions inside the theater since 1913 including Hamlet, Dodsworth, Maytime, Kiss Me Kate, A Chorus Line, and Gypsy.
The Grove Street Cemetery was the first chartered burial ground in the United States. This was the first cemetery to have family plots. Martha Townsend was the first person buried in the cemetery on November 9, 1797. There are many famous people buried at this cemetery too including Eli Whitney, Noah Webster, Lars Onsager, Roger Sherman, Walter Camp, and Dr. Worthington Hooker.
The Knights of Columbus Museum was established in 1982 and they display artwork and related items on a rotating basis. The museum also acts as an archive for numerous documents and artifacts. While they rotate many of their exhibits, there are two that are always on display and those are the Christopher Columbus collection and the papal memorabilia.
The Carousel at Lighthouse Point Park is one of the one hundred carousels in operation today. The carousel was built in 1916 and brought joy to people until the building was boarded up in 1977. In 1983, the Carousel was placed on the National Register of Historic Places and was restored. The building that housed the Carousel was also renovated and families have once again been able to take a spin on this historical masterpiece.