Stamford is a wonderful city on long island sounds. Nicknamed the city that works it has historically been a city built around production. However, that is not all that stamford holds there is also plenty to do. This article will present three of Stamford's top sights.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center
The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a massive site honoring nature, art, and history. Located on Scofieldtown Road, this 118-acre mass is rich in history itself and houses a plethora of exhibits, both historical and natural, along with plenty of fun activities for visitors. Ever since its foundation in 1936, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center was made to be a fun and engaging way for people to observe nature and its preservation, and fortunately, that goal has remained intact over the decades.
It would be impossible to sum up everything you can do at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, but suffice to say it’s a nature lover’s dream. There are some unique things here that you can’t find just anywhere. For example, the Hecksher Farm, a 10-acre real functioning farm, invites you to take a look into life on the range with its continual operation open to be observed by visitors. There’s also plenty of nature trails for the hikers out there and even an otter pond, something you definitely won’t see in your average park.
They even have a planetarium and, of course, the Bendel Mansion, which has been converted into a museum. This is just barely scratching the surface of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center’s offerings though, so be sure to stop by.
Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
This park is located on a peninsula called Lloyd Neck which connects to Long Island Sound. Its name actually comes from the original Indian tribe that inhabited the land which spans over 1500 acres. The modern settlement is made up of largely untamed nature, but it’s also home to several historical sites and some recreational activities for you to enjoy.
Thanks to the great range the preserve encompasses, there are a lot of different activities the local nature allows you to do. The state park welcomes you to hike, fish, and even scuba dive (with a permit) on the preserve’s grounds, and you’re also able to book weddings, birthdays, and other festivities at the location. The park’s old horse barns are also in use for educational purposes, but at the end of the day, the Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is mainly that: a preserve. It’s a beautiful view of genuine nature that’s perfect for any outdoorsman.
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
Located on Brookdale Road, the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens are a real sight to see for anyone coming through Stamford. This 93-acre arboretum is home to literal thousands of different plant species from across the world, including a sensory garden which focuses on stimulating the five senses, an herb garden, a oodland treasures’ section that fosters local species of flora, and many more.
The garden has grown a lot over the last 100+ years thanks to contributions and there’s also plenty of fun activities for the family while you take in the sights of the nature around you. You can plan a route with the trail map on their website and partake in the scavenger hunt around the site if you’d like, or perhaps you could check the event calendar and catch a concert while you’re there. Of course, you can also just take a seat and take in the view-- either way, it's quite the sight to see.