Recreation & Activities

About Attractions

With 30 miles of coastline along Long Island Sound, it is no surprise that for many, a visit to Fairfield County involves salt water. The region has a long maritime tradition that includes landmark lighthouses, vagabond pirates and the port cities of Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford, each with a rich history of its own.  Stay ashore and comb the sandy beaches, do some serious bird spotting or treat yourselves to a picnic in a sheltered cove. 

Prefer being on the water?  Hop aboard a research vessel from the Maritime Aquarium's Oceanic or take an ecological tour on a three-masted schooner at Soundwaters. For romantics, there are always sunrise and sunset cruises … moonlit charters too! For the anglers among us, fishing boats are available and Atlantic Striper, Dorado and Bonito are among the game fish routinely caught.

There are all sorts of fun things to do in the water as well. There's great windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving and the perennial pleasure of just taking a simple swim.

While its coastline offers an abundance of fun things to do, it would be a shame to miss venturing inland. Devil's Den, the largest Nature Preserve in Fairfield County is not to be missed and the bird watching at the Audubon Centers in Fairfield and Greenwich are summer favorites.

Why not explore this site to start planning the highlights of your next visit?