5 Things to Do during the Long Weekend

Most of your friends have more than likely made plans to go home for the upcoming three-day weekend.  Quinnipiac has cancelled classes for the observation of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday devoted to atonement that begins on the evening of Friday, Oct. 3.  Jewish students will have the opportunity to return to their families, and non-Jewish students will be doing so, as well.

But what if you’re not going home this weekend?  Maybe you have a big test coming up, or train tickets were too expensive or you simply wanted to stay on campus with your friends.  Whether you go home or not, it’s still a long weekend, so take advantage of it!  Here are some fun things you can do with your extra time:

1.  Go out for dinner in New Haven.

New Haven is home to much more than Toad’s and Yale University.  There are so many great restaurants that serve all types of cuisines, so go downtown with some friends and enjoy!  Prime 16 on Temple Street serves excellent burgers, and Thai Taste offers, well, Thai food.  If you haven’t braved the line already, take the time to enjoy some famous pizza from Frank Pepe’s Pizzaria.

2.  Go apple-picking at Drazen Orchards.

Nothing screams “autumn” more than crisp apples and apple cider doughnuts, so get yourself over to Chesire and embrace the season!

3.  Get in the Halloween spirit with the Haunted Graveyard at Lake Compounce.

This theme park, located in Bristol, Connecticut, brings back a popular attraction each Halloween season.  Go on rides, eat some junk food, and scare yourself in the Haunted Graveyard (if you’re into that sort of thing).  Oct. 3 is opening night!

4.  Check out the Book Trader Café or Atticus Bookstore Café in New Haven.

For those of you interested in something a bit more lowkey...Cozy up with a book, coffee, and warm croissant in these cute shops. 

5.  Hike at East Rock Park.

You’ve hiked the Giant more times than you can count, so it’s time for a change of scenery!  This park, located near the Hamden/New Haven border, is only six miles from campus and offers great views.

No matter what you do this weekend, it’s sure to be a welcome and relaxing break from the stress of classes.  Have a nice weekend, Bobcats!