Avon Theatre Film Center

272 Bedford St., Stamford, CT 06901.

(203) 967-3660. The Avon is a non-profit member supported cinema with an exciting slate of first-run films and special events. Some of our monthly staples at The Avon include the Legends of Rock Live Series, Critic's Choice, Documentary, Cult Classics and French Cinematheque Nights.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens

151 Brookdale Road, Stamford, CT 06903.

(203) 322-6971. A living museum of historic and majestic trees, rare plant collections, themed gardens, and varied natural landscapes traversed by ten trails. A Silver Educational Center offers year-round programs for children and adults, a horticultural resource library, and free growing-season Plant clinic. Children will enjoy the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom. The Bartlett hosts cultural events including art exhibits and a summer classical and popular outdoor concert series. Dog-friendly grounds open 9 a.m. to sunset everyday. Visitor Center open 9 – 4 Mon. – Fri.

Conair Water Access Area

1 Cummings Point Road and Fairfield Avenue, Stamford, CT

Located at the head of Tomac Cove which separates Stamford from Greenwich, Conair Water Access Area offers great views of this quiet cove where many shorebirds hunt in the shallows. The tree-lined shorefront is defined by rock outcroppings, tidal wetlands, and intertidal flats. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take exit 6 to West Avenue. Stay straight to go onto Grenhart Road for 0.04 miles. Turn left onto West Avenue and continue 0.25 miles. Turn left onto Selleck Street and continue 0.42 miles. Turn right onto Fairfield Avenue and continue 0.84 miles. Fairfield Avenue becomes Cummings Point Road and continue 0.01 miles. Follow signs to rear parking lot/trail begins at southwest corner of lot. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take Greenwich Avenue exit 7 to Route 137 North. Turn right onto Greenwich Avenue and continue 0.44 miles. Greenwich Avenue becomes Southfield Avenue, follow for 0.57 miles. Turn right onto Burwood Avenue continue 0.30 miles. Turn left onto Fairfield Avenue, follow for 0.19 miles. Fairfield Avenue becomes Cummings Point Road and continue 0.01 miles. Follow signs to rear parking lot/trail begins at southwest corner of lot.  Parking Lot.

Connecticut Ballet

20 Acosta St., Stamford, CT 06902.

(203) 964-1211. Nationally recognized professional dance company performs a diverse repertoire of contemporary works and great story ballets. Educational programs range from school residencies to satellite classes and annual "Share the Magic" student performances. Summer Dance Caravan features free outdoor performances in many venues including Danbury, Litchfield, Hartford, Middletown, Westport.

Cove Island Park

Cove Road and Weed Avenue, Stamford, CT

(203) 977-4979. Rte. 15 Ex. 35. Facilities include a one -mile loop walking/running trail, children's play area, a roller blade/cycling path and expansive lawn areas for kite-flying. There are two sandy beaches, a small salt marsh, intertidal mudflats and the estuarine embayments of Holly Pond and the Cove River that provide opportunities for birders to observe water birds. Rocky shoreline areas offer a place for anglers to hook that " big one" and a small bluff offers an excellent viewpoint for those looking for a place view the Sound while strolling along this first-rate shoreline park. Detailed descriptions of the site's coastal resources are provided along the Park's recently completed Long Island Sound interpretive trail. A state-of-the art nature center with displays on Long Island Sound can also be found at the Park. Be sure to consult City's website listed below for required passes/fees to enter park. Non-resident daily and seasonal passes to the Park can now be purchased at the park gate from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Passes can also be purchased at the cashier's office in the Stamford Government Center building, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford.

Cove Island Park

Cove Road, Stamford, CT

Cove Island Park has it all including developed recreation facilities such as a 1-mile loop walking/running trail, children's play area, a roller blade/cycling path and expansive lawn areas for kite-flying. There are two sandy beaches, a small salt marsh, intertidal mudflats and the estuarine embayments of Holly Pond and the Cove River that provide opportunities for birders to observe water birds. Rocky shoreline areas offer a place for anglers to hook that " big one" and a small bluff offers an excellent viewpoint for those looking for a place view the Sound while strolling along this first-rate shoreline park. Detailed descriptions of the site's coastal resources are provided along the Park's recently completed Long Island Sound interpretive trail. A state-of-the art nature center with displays on Long Island Sound can also be found at the Park. Be sure to consult City's website listed below for required passes/fees to enter park. Non-resident daily and seasonal passes to the Park can now be purchased at the park gate from 10 am to 6 pm daily. Passes can also be purchased at the cashier's office in the Stamford Government Center building, 888 Washington Boulevard, Stamford. For those wishing to visit the site by bus, CT Transit stops at this Park. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take the US-1 exit which is exit 9 to Route 106/Glenbrook and continue 0.30 miles. Turn left onto East Main Street/US-1/Boston Post Road and continue 0.31 miles. Turn right onto Weed Avenue until Weed Avenue dead ends into Cove Road. The park will be located on your right. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take exit 9 to US-1/Route 106/Glenbrook and continue 0.21 miles. Turn right onto Seaside Avenue and continue 0.64 miles. Turn left onto Cove Road and follow it to the end.

Cummings Park & Cummings Park West/West Beach

Shippan Avenue, Stamford, CT

(203) 977-4979. I-95, Exit 8. Cummings Park is a beautiful, 79-acre park on Long Island Sound. Visitors can enjoy the beach, pavilions, snack bar, boardwalk and fishing pier. The park offers a variety of outdoor recreation facilities including tennis courts, handball and basketball courts, playground, four softball fields, rest rooms and parking. Consult the City's website for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes. Passes can now be purchased at the park.

Curtain Call Sterling Farms Theatre Complex

1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford, CT 06905.

(I-95, Ex. 8. Merritt Parkway, Ex. 35). (203) 329-8207. Box Office Tues. – Thurs., 10 – 4; Performance Fri. & Sat. 3 - 11, and Sun. 11-5. Year-round productions and performing arts in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre. Educational programs for kids, teens and adults.Voted best local theatre group and best performing arts group by StamfordPlus Magazine.

Fairfield Theatre Company

70 Sanford St., Stamford, CT 06824.

I-95, Ex. 22. (203) 259-1036. Nonprofit center for the arts located in the heart of downtown Fairfield presenting live music, plays, films, art shows, workshops, and other arts-related productions year –round.

Franklin Street Works

41 Franklin St., Stamford, CT 06901.

(203) 595-5211. A new, not-for-profit contemporary art space, café, and social gathering place in Stamford, CT. We produce original on-site and off-site exhibitions, screenings, lectures, artist projects, and related programming, while embracing innovative practices, a DIY attitude, and an inclusive workshop approach.