Edgerton Park

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Summary

Once Eli Whitney's estate, this urban park boasts a large greenhouse full of tropical plants.

Written by

Meredith Zolty

Distance

0.5 miles

Total distance of all paths through the park.

Destination Distance From Downtown

1.6 miles

Difficulty

1 of 5 diamonds

The park is flat and all paths are paved.

Time To Complete

0 hours

This is the kind of park people come to to spend an afternoon playing with their kids and pets, but you can walk through and check out the greenhouses in about fifteen minutes.

Seasonality

All Seasons

Dog Friendly

On Leash Only

Dogs on-leash are welcome on the paths. No pets are permitted inside the greenhouse.

Fees Permits

No

Land Website

Edgerton Park

Review

Intro

Originally the estate of Eli Whitney, this park retains the feel of an 18th century English garden, with rolling lawns, a large fountain, and impressive brownstone walls. A turn-of-the-20th-century greenhouse holds an impressive horticultural collection. 

The park is at the heart of the surrounding community. Locals walk their dogs there, cultivate plots in a well-maintained community garden, and gather for performances on the Great Lawn. 

Brochures available at the entrances describe the park's plantings and offer a brief history of the grounds.

What Makes It Great

Many elements of the old estate are still in use. The original carriage house now contains an extensive horticultural library (open Sundays or by appointment). Greenhouses built by the estate's second owner, Frederick Brewster, now house a wide range of tropical succulents and rain forest species, including many carnivorous plants.

The greenhouses are beautiful and during the day there are always rangers or volunteers around who can answer your questions about the collection. They also serve educational and vocational functions for local school groups and disabled adults.

It's a lovely place to spend an afternoon taking an easy stroll along the paths or stretching out on the lawn for a picnic. Edgerton frequently hosts concerts, festivals, and other public events, including Elm City Shakespeare Company's popular Shakespeare in the Park series.

East Rock Park is located just across Whitney Avenue, and you can enjoy a view of East Rock as you lounge on the grass.

Who is Going to Love It

Plant lovers, dog walkers, kids who enjoy climbing trees, picnickers, and anyone who craves a lazy day off.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Street parking only. Under normal circumstances there's plenty of parking available, but things can get competitive for Shakespeare in the Park.

Entrance is at 75 Cliff Street, just off Whitney Avenue, near the New Haven/Hamden border. There is also an entrance from Edgehill Road.

Dogs must be on leash.

Open til sunset.

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Location

Edgerton Park

75 Cliff Street
New Haven, CT, 06511
41.333243, -72.915426

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