Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a one-stop destination for all educational and fun activities. Sprawled over 118 acres (47.75 hectares), it is home to the large Hecksher Farm and the Tudor-style Bendel Mansion that houses an interactive center and museum. It also boasts a planetarium for astronomical shows and a four-level observatory equipped with a 22-inch (56-centimeter) telescope. Every exhibit within the museum is tailored towards kids and features interactive artifacts to teach them about animal life, culture, history, science and fine art. The myriad trails take you through glacial erratic rocks, ephemeral pools, woods, pastures and farmlands with alpacas, pigs, chicken and llamas. The highlights are the Edith and Robert Graham Otter Pond and the playground where kids befriend a variety of animals. This center organizes events like maple sugar and harvest festivals, farmers' markets, astronomy projects, wildlife camps, antique car shows and wine tastings.
Cove Island Park is a nature lover's dream come true and borders the Cove Harbor and Holly Pond, with magnificent views of Cove Island. This park is a unique mix of beaches, meadows, grasslands, freshwater and salt marshes, mudflats, a deciduous forest and an estuary near the Cove River. The picturesque terrain comprises of large and small water bodies like lakes and ponds, and has trails winding through the rocky coastline, thick woods and meadows flecked with wildflowers. More than 300 bird varieties have inhabited this park and it is also a wonderful spot for fishing enthusiasts. Certain key scenes of the 2007 movie Reservation Road were filmed here.
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.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is home to the indigenous flora and fauna of Southwest New England. Sprawled over 91 acres (36.82 hectares), it comprises of natural and semi-natural habitats that interest botanists. Visit the Magnolia Collection to view beautiful pink, purple and white blossoms, the Pollarded Tree Display for spectacular deciduous trees and the Conifer Garden to observe pines, junipers, firs, yews and spruces. The Mehlquist Garden houses exotic flowers from Europe, Korea and Japan, while the Nut Tree Collection is home to pecan, chestnut, hazelnut and walnut trees. Numerous trails take you to the Red Maple Wetland, the Woodland Pond with arrow arum and lilies, a magnificent tea garden and meadows dotted with wildflowers. Bartlett Arboretum conducts several educational camps throughout the year for both adults and children.
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.
Westport is a picturesque town located along Connecticut's Long Island Sound in Fairfield County. A beautiful mélange of history, culture and nature, Westport is a popular tourist destination in the state. The Sherwood Island State Park, stretching across 234 acres (94.69 hectares) and featuring a beach, picnic areas, and waterside activities, is a must-visit attraction in the town. For history buffs, the town is home to the Westport Museum for History and Culture, which brings its history to life. Steeped in history and dotted with cozy restaurants, local shops and cafes, Westport is makes for a quaint getaway in Connecticut.
Old Mill Beach is a small, sandy beach overlooking the picturesque Long Island Sound in Westport. Stretching along 1.8 acres (0.72 hectares), the beach is an ideal destination to spend a fun afternoon with your family. A hidden gem of Westport, it offers breathtaking views of the shimmering waters under the bright Connecticut sky. It is also the perfect place to admire a sunrise or sunset with all its mesmerizing hues. However, the beach has no parking access for tourists, so it is ideal to be explored on foot.
Being the foremost state park of Connecticut, the Sherwood Island State Park is a special spot in more ways than one. Blending the thrill of the outdoors with the tranquility of a sequestered location, the park is an inviting destination for all. Families can head to the picnic grove, while curious naturalists make their way to the nature center. Take a dip in Long Island Sound or stand atop the observation platform for a view of the marshes; the Sherwood Island State Park is just the right place for spending a day amidst nature’s charming gifts.
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.