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Stamford, CT

Travel Guide

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

Amsterdam Hotel
Amsterdam Hotel
2 out of 5
19 Clarks Hill Ave, Stamford, CT
The price is $76 per night from Aug 27 to Aug 27
Located in Downtown Stamford, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Stamford Town Center, Stamford Public Library - Ferguson Library, and Fernando Luis Alvarez ...
3.9/5Good! (946 reviews)
"Very nice all around. Nice lobby, delicious breakfast (no eggs), nice view out the window, very nice location. $85 nightly rate, compared to similar ones for $150-$200!"

Reviewed on Aug 5, 2021

Amsterdam Hotel
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
3.5 out of 5
1 First Stamford Pl, Stamford, CT
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $139 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 5
Situated in Stamford, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Black World War II History, Stamford Town Center, and Stamford Center for the Arts. Stamford ...
3.5/5Good! (952 reviews)
"We enjoyed our stay!!"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2021

Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center
The Stamford Hotel
The Stamford Hotel
3.5 out of 5
700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT
The price is $127 per night from Sep 2 to Sep 2
Located in Downtown Stamford, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stamford Town Center, Stamford Public Library - Ferguson Library, and Fernando Luis Alvarez ...
4.2/5Very Good! (740 reviews)
"I liked the location, the bar. I didn't like that the restaurant wasn't open, the shower only has 1/2 door and water gets all over floor, the hair dryer did not work."

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2021

The Stamford Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Stamford Suites
Stamford Suites
2.5 out of 5
720 Bedford St, Stamford, CT
The price is $117 per night from Aug 20 to Aug 20
Located in Downtown Stamford, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of First Presbyterian Church, Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, and Stamford Public Library ...
3.6/5Good! (438 reviews)
"Love the space"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2021

Stamford Suites
Westport Event Space With Full Kitchen on The Water
Westport Event Space With Full Kitchen on The Water
Westport, CT
The price is $450 per night from Aug 6 to Aug 6
Located in the heart of Westport, this golf apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Mill Beach, Levitt Pavilion, and Westport Historical Society. Westport ...
Westport Event Space With Full Kitchen on The Water
North Stamford Private Studio Apartment
North Stamford Private Studio Apartment
Stamford, CT
Situated in Stamford, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hoyt Barnum House, Stamford Historical Society Museum, and E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course. ...
1/5 (1 review)
Don’t stay here. Gross
"This property is a scam. The “amenities” that are described in the listing aren’t accurate. The place looks like middle school shop students built it and it smells like sewer. I would guess a sewer back up happened at some point. One towel, one glass plate, one cup, electric plug in hot top for the ..."

Reviewed on Jun 26, 2021

North Stamford Private Studio Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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