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The city of Bridgeport has enjoyed a long and eventful history that began long before the region was colonized. Over time, the city grew to be an important center of trade, with thriving shipbuilding and whaling industries. Today, the city is one of the Connecticut's most populous and is home to a diverse community. Much of the city's historic heritage has been preserved and is a treasure trove for those with an interest in colonial architecture and American history. The historic homes and mansions that line the streets of the Stratfield Historic District, Black Rock Harbor Historic District and the Marina Park Historic District reflect a variety of historic architectural styles. The City also boasts a number of public parks and a vibrant cultural scene with theaters, museums, music festivals, concert series and more to look forward to. Popular tourist attractions and entertainment venues include the Webster Bank Arena, Barnum Museum and Beardsley Zoo.
Housed in a contemporary building, the Housatonic Museum of Art features paintings of some of the most renowned artists of the bygone era. If you are an avid connoisseur of art, both modern and ancient, this museum would be a delightful discovery. The museum boasts of a collection of paintings from legends like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Auguste Rodin, Mary Cassatt, Giorgio DeChirico, Milton Avery, Andy Warhol and the likes. The museum with its large collection is sure to leave you spellbound.
Dating back to 1893, the Bijou Theatre is surely a historic entertainment venue. This multi-faceted venue presents variety of performing arts and every season it showcases better talent and shows. Music concerts, comedy shows, drama and host of other creative endeavors are undertaken here. Bijou is a classic blend of old world charm and modern comforts. While the classy decor is reminiscent of the bygone era, improved lighting and sound systems underline its foothold over the latest technology. Bijou Theatre can also be hired for private celebrations and functions. For event schedule, venue hire and other details, check website.505-
If you are in the mood to see some rare and wonderful animals of North and South America, an indoor rain-forest and a rustic New England farmyard, then this zoo is the perfect outing. It is Connecticut's only zoo, with 52 acres along the shore about an hour east from New Haven. If you have the kids tagging along, there is a carousel to enjoy and picnic groves available in good weather. The zoo also has a snack shop, and there are always souvenirs to purchase at the gift shop!