Did you know that Morris Cove section of New Haven wanted to secede from the city in 1959 to become a breakaway town called South Haven? This summer enjoy a guided tour with fascinating facts from New Haven’s shoreline history while getting or keeping fit. Join Shana Schneider, founder of the Fitstyle Your Life approach to fitness, to explore “The Cove” on this briskly paced Fitstyle tour. Saturday, June 29, at 9:30 a.m., or Saturday, August 17, at 9:30 a.m.
A special Fitstyle Morris Cove Walking Tour with Kids will be held on Saturday, July 13, at 9:30 a.m. Rain dates for all Morris Cove walks are the following day, at noon. Tickets are $10 and available here: https://connect.fitstylebyshana.com/register/nhvmuseum. No charge for children accompanied by a parent or guardian on the Fitstyle Walking Tour with Kids.
Morris Cove is a special place with a unique character, and worth rediscovering. Schneider’s route is so interesting walkers may forget they’re exercising. She’ll keep the pace to about a 20-minute mile, leaving from the Pardee-Morris House, which was built circa 1750 and burned by the British during their raid on New Haven in 1779.
Along the two-mile route walkers will get fitness tips and historic highlights from Schneider while passing notable sites such as Lighthouse Point Park, which provides several points of interest on the tour. It was home to one of the most elaborate baseball parks in New England, where the former New Haven Colonials challenged the Boston Red Sox to a post-season game involving two of the greatest baseball legends, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb, in 1916.
The Butterfly Garden at Lighthouse Point Park is an urban oasis for migrating butterflies, and the Bird Sanctuary area an important “rest stop” for migrating birds that has been called one of the best places in New England to see migrating hawks and other birds.
Nearby is the Lighthouse Park Carousel, one of 100 antique carousels still operating, New Haven’s carousel comes complete with dragons, a camel (one of three in the world!) and a miniature George Washington “conducting” the music.