Stamford, CT

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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, 06902
The price is $72 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this hotel in Stamford. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,003 reviews)
"Very reasonably priced and very clean. Highly recommend"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

Amsterdam Hotel
The Stamford Hotel
The Stamford Hotel
3.5 out of 5
700 East Main Street, Stamford, CT, 06901
The price is $139 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Stamford. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,002 reviews)
"The lobby and amenities were very beautiful and modern, however the room we stayed in was old fashioned with clearly old furniture and electronics, nothing updated. The staff in the lobby and at the bar was very nice but we were woken up at 9am by banging on the door from a maid asking to clean our ..."

Reviewed on Aug 10, 2022

The Stamford Hotel
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Stamford / New York City
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Stamford / New York City
2.5 out of 5
135 Harvard Avenue, Stamford, CT, 06902
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $78 per night from Sep 5 to Sep 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Stamford. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
3.1/5 (1,003 reviews)
"I liked that a restaurant was right next door. What I didn’t like was it was not as clean as I would have expected…could do much better in that area. Especially because of the amount charged for the room!"

Reviewed on Aug 13, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Stamford / New York City
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, 06901
The price is $186 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Stamford. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms ...
3.5/5 Good! (553 reviews)
Not bad
"The area was a bit iffy, but the place was very spacious"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 2022

Stamford Suites
THIS IS MY HAPPY  PLACE
THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE
stamford, CT
Stay at this vacation home in Stamford. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course and First Presbyterian Church ...
1/5 (1 review)
Negligent Host
"My stay was not fulfilled by the host, and it was a struggle to get refunded in a timely manner. I would not recommend this host"

Reviewed on Sep 15, 2021

THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE
 THIS  IS MY HAPPY PLACE
THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE
stamford, CT
Stay at this golf apartment in Stamford. Enjoy WiFi, a garden, and cable/satellite TV. Popular attractions E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course and First Presbyterian ...
2.3/5 (3 reviews)
Lesson Learned-You Will Get What You Pay For
"This was the cheapest VRBO listing in Stamford, CT. My wife and I were staying for a week and didn’t want to spend a fortune so after a quick look at the photos and research of the area, we booked. This is an old house (circa 1930’s) and has been broken up to create multiple apartments. The pictures ..."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2022

THIS IS MY HAPPY PLACE
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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