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StamfordUnited States of America

This coastal community on the Connecticut shoreline offers plenty of ways to enjoy and interact with the parks, forests and beaches that make up its surrounds.

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.

Where to stay in Stamford

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

North Stamford

If you're spending some time in North Stamford, Stamford Museum and Nature Center and Bartlett Arboretum are top sights worth seeing.

North Stamford

Top Hotels in Stamford

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
J House Greenwich
J House Greenwich
4 out of 5
1114 E. Putnam Ave, Riverside, CT
The price is ¥26,235 per night from Oct 7 to Oct 8

Situated in Riverside, this spa hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bush Holley House Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Putnam Cottage and E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (804 reviews)

"Nice service and clean rooms with a very good spa experience"…"

Reviewed on Aug 26, 2020

J House Greenwich
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
Hyatt Regency Greenwich
4 out of 5
1800 E Putnam Avenue, Old Greenwich, CT
The price is ¥13,540 per night from Oct 16 to Oct 17

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (980 reviews)

"Great hotel great service great room. $18 to park is a little too much."…"

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2020

Hyatt Regency Greenwich
DoubleTree by Hilton Norwalk
DoubleTree by Hilton Norwalk
3.5 out of 5
789 Connecticut Ave, Norwalk, CT
The price is ¥9,814 per night from Sep 25 to Sep 26

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) from SoNo Switch Tower Museum and 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Norwalk Maritime Aquarium. Historic South Norwalk ...

3.9/5Very Good! (965 reviews)

"Room was clean, and the hotel seemed to be in good repair. The sheets were scratchy and rough."…"

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2020

DoubleTree by Hilton Norwalk

Popular places to visit in Stamford

Norwalk Maritime Aquarium
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Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

4.5/5(29 reviews)

Take the family to visit the sea creatures you'll find at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium and find out why this is a top attraction in Norwalk. While you're here, you can savor the lively bars.

Compo Beach
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Compo Beach

5/5(1 review)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Compo Beach during your travels in Westport? Stroll along the seaside or experience the area's art scene.

Greenwich Avenue
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Greenwich Avenue

4.5/5(13 reviews)

During your visit to Greenwich, you can browse for the perfect souvenirs at Greenwich Avenue. Stroll along this romantic area's waterfront, or simply enjoy its restaurants.

Top things to do in Stamford

Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Connecticut
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Survival Scavenger Hunt walking tours of Connecticut

¥2,139
Per adult
Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Connecticut
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Wacky Walks Adventure walking tours of Connecticut

¥1,068
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Connecticut
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Connecticut

¥1,068
Per adult

Reviews of Stamford

3.9

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
141
5 - Excellent 30.128205128205128%
4 - Good
188
4 - Good 40.17094017094017%
3 - Okay
108
3 - Okay 23.076923076923077%
2 - Disappointing
20
2 - Disappointing 4.273504273504273%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 2.3504273504273505%

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Feb 29, 2020

Tried 3 non chain local restaurants all had lousy food and were not inexpensive

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Cold and boring.

3/5 - Okay

Manuela

Jan 21, 2020

It's a calm town in a good distance to Manhattan.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 19, 2020

Maury show taping was fun to attend!

5/5 - Excellent

ms.w.

Jan 18, 2020

Love the variety of restaurants and bars in the immediate area.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Jan 18, 2020

Though conveniently located close to downtown Stamford, the hotel itself is in East Stamford, and I didn't feel totally safe there. But it's much better just a few blocks away. The Stamford Town Center mall is very nice.