In the heart of Stamford lies an oasis of calm: the Mill River Park. Designed around the course of the serene Mill River, this park offers a recreational haven for the city's residents. Among the facilities on offer are a playground, basketball court, an amphitheater, carousel, an ice skating rink and a launch for kayaks. The park is a part of a massive project to restore the Mill River and preserve the surrounding environment. Visitors can choose to spend a day with the family, enjoying the various facilities at the park, or they can come for a jog, walk or a bicycle ride along the gorgeous Greenway.
Encompassing a historic mansion, natural history museum, and a Planetarium with a 60-feet (18.28 meters) domed Sky Theater, the Vanderbilt is a Suffolk County attraction well worth the drive. Take a "living history" tour through the 24-room mansion, view the specimens and exhibits of the museum, and round out the day with a show as big as the sky - the Planetarium features educational explorations of outer space throughout the year and several times each day. At night, however, the show turns musical: Laser showings of classic Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin songs draw fans of all ages for an unbeatable experience.
Founded in 1943, Fairfield University is one of the nation's leading small, liberal arts colleges, conveniently located between New York City and New Haven. There are lovely buildings on campus, including Egan Chapel (a modern church dedicated to St. Ignatius Loyola) and The Quick Center (a performing arts facility). Also on campus, is the boys high school, Fairfield Prep. It is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities and the campus offers lovely views of Long Island Sound from the hillside.
The Hopkins School in New Haven is one of the nation's oldest continuously-run preparatory school in the United States. The school was founded by Edward Hopkins, a governor of the Connecticut Colony, who left the land to the Colony to found the school in 1660. Grades at this day school go from 7th to 12 grades. This liberal arts school thrives on academics, the arts and athletics, so there are always events open to students and campus visitors to showcase the school's special talents.
Constantly expanding over the past decade, the University of New Haven is a small private college located in West Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1920, this school overlooking Long Island Sound covers 84 acres (34 hectares) offers a wide variety of academic programs for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. There are special events throughout the year, such as the University of New Haven International Festival.
The Stamford Historical Society is not just a regular museum, it is a treasure trove of information on the rich history of Stamford from the 17th Century to the present day. Through theater, exhibitions, school days and charity sales, the society engages both adults and children in the cultural and historic events that shaped the city. The exhibitions throw light on Stamford's participation in the Civil and World Wars, the lives of its richest and poorest families, and gruesome stories of the Colonial Era. The kids' exhibits talk about the toys and lifestyles of children in the past centuries. Attend historic dramas, tea parties, antique sales and history lectures for a holistic blend of fun and education. Stop by at their library and book corner to view vintage photographs and read collector's editions.
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.