StamfordUnited States of America

3.9/5

Love dining out, beaches, and island views? Get away to Stamford!

With parks, forests and more than 14 miles (22 kilometers) of coastline, the small seaside community of Stamford relishes living life outdoors. You’ll also find numerous attractions for those who want to stay indoors, including cinemas, cafés and an arts center.

Go on a river cruise of the Long Island Sound, charter a boat from the harbor, and splash in the surf at Cove Island Park’s sandy beaches. You can also walk, ride and skate the park’s trails and take a tram ride through the grounds.

Go to the SoundWaters Center, a non-profit environmental education organization located in the park. Book a two-hour ecological trip across the sound aboard their 80-foot (23-meter) three-masted Schooner. Hoist the sails, test the water quality and learn more about the marine life beneath the waves. For details visit SoundWaters’ official website.

Connect with nature at the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. The 91-acre (37-hectare) preserve encompasses more than 2,000 varieties of trees, forest trails, themed gardens and a herbarium. Keep an eye out for some of the native wildlife as you wander along the boardwalk through the red maple swamp. See snapping turtles, raccoons, wood frogs, barred owls and woodpeckers.

Walk some of the 80 acres (32 hectares) of nature trails and visit a working farm at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Enjoy a picnic by the lake and see the natural history and art exhibits inside the Bendel Mansion Museum. The estate was once the property of the late New York designer and department store owner Henri Willis Bendel. Get a close-up view of the moon and planets from the observatory and watch a stellar presentation at the planetarium.

Go to the downtown area and catch a play, musical or comedy show at the Stamford Center for the Arts. Check out some contemporary art at Franklin Street Works, a two-story art space and café.

Stamford is located 40 miles (64 kilometers) north of New York City. Catch a train or drive from the city. Get around by bus or rent a car to get out of town and enjoy the natural surrounds.

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Dining, Shopping and Skyscrapers

Where to stay in Stamford

North Stamford
Glasshouse by Phillip Johnson, we went there in November and we were able to see it when the Sun is setting. Stunning!!
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North Stamford

While visiting North Stamford, you might make a stop by sights like Stamford Museum and Nature Center and Bartlett Arboretum.

Top Hotels in Stamford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
3.5 out of 5
1 First Stamford Pl, Stamford, CT
¥10,970
per night
Nov 8 - Nov 9

Situated in Stamford, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Museum of Black World War II History and 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Chelsea Piers. Stamford Town Center and ...

3.8/5Good! (1,615 reviews)

"Staff was professional, great location. We did a lot of shopping."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
4 out of 5
1800 E Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT
¥12,813
per night
Nov 8 - Nov 9

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course, Museum of Black World War II History, and Stamford Center for the ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,744 reviews)

"Liked the history of the building...in need of updating...furniture, etc."…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Hyatt Regency Greenwich
Amsterdam Hotel
Amsterdam Hotel
2 out of 5
19 Clarks Hill Ave, Stamford, CT
¥8,242
per night
Nov 1 - Nov 2

Located in Downtown, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Stamford Town Center and Chelsea Piers. Stamford Public Library - Ferguson Library and Fernando Luis ...

3.7/5Good! (967 reviews)

"The staff was very accommodating. The location was good"…"

Reviewed on Oct 14, 2019

Amsterdam Hotel

Top activities in Stamford

New York Botanical Garden Tickets
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New York Botanical Garden Tickets

¥2,463

Stroll to the Haupt Conservatory, a wrought iron-framed, crystal palace-style greenhouse from the 1890s filled with tropical palms and heat-loving succulents. Before the arrival of European settlers in the 17th century, all of New York was covered by dense forest.

9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry
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9/11 Memorial Tour with Optional One World Observatory Entry

¥8,563

Pay your respects to the heroes of 9/11 with a visit to St. Paul's Chapel, where emergency rescue centers were set up immediately after the September 11 attacks.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Tickets
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester Tickets

¥2,671

Let your imagination run wild as you build amazing creations, enjoy 15 different attractions, and see the fantastic 4-D Cinema show. LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester is the ultimate indoor LEGO® attraction for families with children between 3 and 10 years old.

Reviews of Stamford

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
111
5 - Excellent 28.756476683937823%
4 - Good
158
4 - Good 40.932642487046635%
3 - Okay
91
3 - Okay 23.575129533678755%
2 - Disappointing
15
2 - Disappointing 3.8860103626943006%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 2.849740932642487%

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 16, 2019

Love it.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 15, 2019

Reminiscent about my former home

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Oct 6, 2019

Did not see much of it. I was there for a family event

3/5 - Okay

KennethR

Oct 5, 2019

I use Stamford as an alt to NYC on business when hotel prices are highway robbery for what I need. It works. Sometimes is as expensive as NYC because of 1 hour train to Grand Central. Otherwise, good alt. Wouldnt come to Stamford otherwise.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 3, 2019

fine & typical small city

4/5 - Good

Barbara

Sep 30, 2019

Good restaurants.

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