Birdseye Launching Ramp & Fishing Pier

Birdseye Street , Stratford, CT 06614.

The Birdseye Dock, situated at the eastern end of Birdseye Street, provides the primary access to the river for people who want to launch a boat from a trailer (after purchasing a town launching sticker). The local Coast Guard Auxilliary is also located on this site as well as a small concession stand.

Birdseye Street Boat Launch

Birdseye Street, Stratford, CT

Birdseye Street Boat Launch is an easy to use boat launch at the mouth of the Housatonic River with plenty of parking. There is also a deck for sitting and viewing the Housatonic River and Nell's Island. Launching requires town permit. Restrooms are portable and only available during the summer. To help you reach Birdseye Street Boat Launch, some routes leading to this site are posted with the brown and white Long Island Sound Access sign. From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 32. Make a left onto Linden Avenue. Turn left onto West Broad Street. You are going to pass through one roundabout. Then take a right onto Route 113/Main Street, follow for 0.7 miles. Turn left onto Birdseye Street. Follow Birdseye Street to the end where the Boat Launch is located. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 31. Take a sharp right onto Honeyspot Road. Then make a left onto Birdseye Street. Follow Birdseye Street to the end where the Boat Launch is located.

Bond's Dock

Stratford Avenue and Shore Road, Stratford, CT

Bond's Dock is a very popular fishing spot and area for viewing the Housatonic River and Nell's Island. Some parking is available on the wharf. To help you reach Bond's Dock, some routes leading to this site are posted with the brown and white Long Island Sound Access sign. From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 32. Make a left onto Linden Avenue. Turn left onto West Broad Street and you will pass through one roundabout. Turn right onto Route 113/Main Street. Take a left onto Stratford Avenue. When Stratford Avenue turns into Shore Road Bond's Dock is on the left. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit number 32. Take the ramp to the Railroad Station. Turn slight right onto Beardsley Avenue. Then make a left onto Stratford Avenue. When Stratford Avenue turns into Shore Road Bond's Dock is on the left.

Boothe Memorial Park and Museum

134 Main St. Putney , Stratford, CT 06614.

I-95, Exit 33; Rte.15, Exit 53. (203) 381-2046.. On the National Register of Historic Places this 32-acre park claims to be the oldest homestead in the nation, dating to the 1600s. Features include a carriage house, Americana Museum, miniature lighthouse, and windmill, a clocktower museum, working planetarium, and a trolley station. Museum tours June 1 - Oct. 1, Tues. - Fri. 11 – 1, & Sun. 1 – 4. Also a train museum that is open during the summer 1 – 4 on Sat. Award-winning Wedding and Rose Garden and the Putney Chapel. By reservation: (203) 385-4052.

Coastal Arts Guild of CT

Stratford, CT 06615.

Organization to support and foster the growth of the arts and cultural experiences in all media and disciplines in and around the Stratford area. The Guild organizes four art shows a year including Artists and Artisans in Paradise that takes place in Stratford.

Garbage Museum

1410 Honeyspot Rd. Ext., Stratford, CT 06615.

(I-95, Exit 30). (203) 381-9571. Award winning museum where visitors are greeted by Trash-o-saurus, a dinosaur made from a ton of trash. Walk through a giant compost pile, meet resident compost worms, discover how much energy savings is derived from recycling and explore a glass enclosed skywalk over the recycling plant. Call or email for hours.

Long Beach

Oak Bluff Drive, Stratford, CT

Contact Town of Stratford for fee schedule. Facilities: Car-top Boat Access, Sanitary Facilities (seasonal). Activities include bird and wildlife observation,boating,fishing and supervised swimming. The beach is nestled between Long Island Sound and the Great Meadows tidal marsh and is over one mile in length. It is one of the longest barrier beaches in Connecticut. Many species of shorebirds and waterfowl can be found here, including the 'threatened' Piping plover that nests throughout the summer on the western part of this beach near Pleasure Beach. These birds nest both on the beach and the sandy 'trail' behind the dunes. Please, respect the restricted access area signs a to avoid disturbing this rare and beautiful bird. Fishing is permitted outside designated swimming areas. If you intend to visit during hunting season, proper precautions should be taken as hunting is allowed in the Great Meadows Marsh. To reach Long Beach from the East: Take I-95 South to exit 30. Follow the signs to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Drive through the Great Meadows salt marsh, passing the airport on the left. At the next stop sign, turn right onto Oak Bluff Avenue. At the foot of Oak Bluff Avenue, enter the beach access and parking area. The beach is easily accessible from any of the parking spaces. The best views of the tidal wetlands is from the far western end of the parking area. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 30. Take the ramp to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Turn slight right onto Lordship Boulevard, follow for 0.9 miles. Turn right to stay on Lordship Boulevard, continue for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Oak Bluff Avenue. At the foot of Oak Bluff Avenue, enter the beach access and parking area. The beach is easily reached by car and a parking permit required from May 31st until Labor Day.

National Helicopter Museum

2480 Main St., Stratford, CT 06615.

Eastbound Railroad Station. (I-95, Exit 32). (203) 375-8857. Stratford is the birthplace of America's Helicopter Industry. Museum features evolution of Rotary Wing Development. Sikorsky S-76 cabin videos, models and gas turbine engines developed locally. Free admission and parking. Seasonal. May- Oct. Wed. – Sun. 1 – 4.

Point-No-Point

Beach Drive, Stratford, CT

Also known as The Seawall, Point-No-Point provides easy parking and a pleasant walk along the beach on the Long Island Sound. Please note that at Russian Beach, to the immediate east of Point-No-Point, only the area seaward of mean high water is open to the public. Walk along the wet sand area of this beach. From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 30. Follow the signs to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Drive through the Great Meadows salt marsh, passing the airport on the left. At the next stop sign, go straight over Oak Bluff Avenue and then Lordship Boulevard turns into Stratford Road. Take a right onto the fourth street on the right which is Washington Road and follow that to Beach Drive. You should see the Point-No-Point walkway and city meters running along the front for parking. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 30. Follow the signs to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Drive through the Great Meadows salt marsh, passing the airport on the left. At the next stop sign, go straight over Oak Bluff Avenue and then Lordship Boulevard turns into Stratford Road. Take a right onto the fourth street on the right which is Washington Road and follow that to Beach Drive. You should see the Point-No-Point walkway and city meters running along the front for parking.

Short Beach Park

One Dorne Drive, Stratford, CT 06115.

(203)-385-4052.I-95, Exit 32. Short Beach Park has many amenities including a par-3 golf course, miniature golf, platform tennis, basketball courts, beach volleyball, playground, swimming, trails, birding and wildlife, food concession and restrooms.  Parts of the site offering views of the water are wheelchair accessible. There are three summer residents of Short Beach worthy of special mention. The first two, the piping plover and the least tern, are ground nesting birds that require beach front property and seclusion to successfully reproduce. The ancestors of the third resident, the horseshoe crab, date back 300 million years. This harmless creature feeds in the inter-tidal zone and uses the beach to dig its shallow nest during extreme high tides. Contact City of Stratford for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes.