A fine specimen of Gothic architecture, The Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist has expanded from a small church originally established in early 1850s to a large structure accommodating multiple immigrants of the Catholic faith today. In contrast to the Gothic exterior, the interiors are simple yet captivating. The church is famously called 'The Mother Church of Stamford'.
Famous as 'Fish Church', First Presbyterian Church of Stamford has seen multiple changes since it was first established in the late 19th-Century. However, its Modern architecture continues to leave visitors and congregation members spellbound with stunning stained glass interiors and a 56-bell carillon.
The Ferguson Library is not actually a single library, but rather a network of four separate locations and a Bookmobile that travels throughout the city. Named after Ferguson Library's esteemed president, Ernest A. DiMattia, Jr., a magnificent early 20th-century building forms an apt home for the main branch of the library. Spread over four levels, it houses an extensive collection of books, magazines and other publications, alongside CDs, DVDs and multimedia resources. A Small Business Resource Center, a computer lab offering educational programs and the Purdue Pharma Consumer Information Center can also be found here. Just off the lobby is a room dedicated to new materials, while the second floor houses a variety of special collections. Author receptions, film screenings and other events are often hosted in the library auditorium. During library hours, the warm aroma of coffee wafts through the doors of the attached Starbucks cafe and into the award-winning Ferguson Library Bookshop. For bibliophiles and those with a thirst for knowledge, there can be no better place to explore than the Ferguson Library.
St. Mary's Church is charming church housed near the Yale University. The history of this church dates back to 1834 when it was originally built. However, a massive fire destroyed the structure in 1848. The present structure was only built in 1874 and boasts of designs by the famed architect, James Murphy. The church has stone masonry built, while the charming interiors feature beautiful relics and stained-glass windows.
Located in New Haven's scenic Lighthouse Point Park, this historic carousel dates back to 1916. With over 70 characters to choose from, as well as two chariots, you can take a spin on ornate horses and camels. Make sure you look out for George Washington conducting the orchestra as you make your way around. No trip to this park is complete without a ride on the carousel.
Standing 57 feet high, the Southwest Ledge Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse located on the reef at the main entrance to New Haven Harbor. Known as the first structure that was constructed in the cylindrical iron foundation, the lighthouse is currently not accessible to the public. The lighthouse can be seen by a boat ride or from a distance from the New Haven Harbor, which looks amazing. The lighthouse is still in use to help in navigating.
The 1750 Ogden House & Gardens served the Odgen family for nearly 125 years. Currently, managed by the Fairfield Historical Society, this historical house chronicles and displays documents and objects pertaining to that era. Its beautiful gardens further add to the splendor.
The eminent Pequonnock River Railroad Bridge is the celebrated bridge that stretches across the Pequonnock River. This bridge handles the traffic of the Northeast Corridor, that includes rail lines of Amtrak and Metro-North.
Connecticut's only bridge made of cast iron, Riverside Avenue Bridge was constructed in 1871 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Initially part of a span across the Housatonic River, it was erected at its current location in 1895. Riverside Avenue Bridge is considered to be a significant milestone in the field of engineering.
Located on the Old Tavern Road, the William Andrew House is a historic house that was built in the year 1775. It was constructed for the Bryan family and the area was formerly known as Bryan's Farms. The house, built in the Georgian style of architecture comprises of finely detailed front cornice, feather-edged sheathing, and hand-split lath. Later the house even served as a shelter for dairy farm employees and in the year 2002 it was listed on the U.S National Register of Historic Places. William Andrew House presently serves as a house museum operated by the local historical society and documents the history of the house as well the lives of the people who built and lived in it. If you are a history buff, then certainly head to this historic building and museum during your time in the city.
The PEZ visitor center provides a reflection of everything that stands for the PEZ brand. With interactive games, various PEZ dispensers and tours around the candy making factory, the PEZ visitor center is the perfect destination for a day out with your kids and family. You can be a part of a detailed candy making demonstration and even get to taste a fresh made candy. The place is also ideal for hosting birthday parties with pizzas, soft drinks and goodie bags. You can get to learn and experience everything about the PEZ brand and much more from a tour of the PEZ visitor center.
Stamford has several parks but the beach-side Cummings Park is among the most picturesque ones. This 79-acre (31.97-hectare) park boasts the Cummings Beach, a favorite with locals for swimming and sunbathing. The beach's pier is ideal for solitary anglers, while the boardwalk is good for idyllic seaside strolls. This park comprises of multiple fields and courts for playing softball, handball, tennis, baseball and basketball. It is also the site of recreational winter sports in the colder months.