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Looking for a new place to explore in 2021? Look no further! Stamford, Connecticut, is the best place for you. Located in Fairfield County, Stamford is the third-largest city by population in Connecticut with over 130,000 people living in it. And did you know? Stamford is one of the safest cities in the States.
Stamford was called Rippowam by its first inhabitants, the Siwanoy Native American people. Later it was changed after a town in Lincolnshire, England. It was incorporated as a city in 1893. One interesting historical fact about this city is the Salem Witch trial, which took place in 1692. At the beginning of the 19th century, New Yorkers started building their vacation homes here and in the 1960s and 1970s a huge development started.
Stamford offers a lot of attractions and activities, if you are visiting with family or friends. You can have an adventurous day at Cove Island Park, visit museums and galleries, or see world class theater and comedy at the Palace Theatre, a Stamford treasure. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, this city has a lot to offer all year round.
Stamford Museum and Nature Center- This jewel of 118 acres is located in the woods of North Stamford. It includes an observatory, an award-winning farmhouse, the Bendel Mansion - an elegant British manor house that served as a home to Henri Willis Bendel, museum galleries, and Heckscher WILD, a live animal exhibit where visitors can experience rural life.
Cove Island Park - There are 83 acres of breathtaking views for all nature lovers. Have a relaxed day in the Cove section of Stamford and enjoy the sandy beaches, picnic areas, hiking trails, cycling paths and lawns for kite flying.
The Palace Theatre - built in 1927, this unique venue offers some world-call artists you can enjoy. Here, you can listen to the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Grand Opera with great acoustics, watch ballet or musicals. The Palace Theatre also offers an Arts Education program for children.
If you are in town for Thanksgiving, don’t miss one of the biggest parades in the country with over 100,000 spectators annually. With performances by marching bands, music bands and a vast variety of helium balloons, it is a spectacle you can’t miss. Another event that draws crowds every year Alive@Five offers five weeks of outdoor concerts with famous bands and artists.
Need a place to stay? Residence Inn by Marriott Stamford Downtown offers studio and suite accommodations and at a perfect location. And if you want some pampering, Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa in downtown Stamford has an award-winning Agora Spa center and heated indoor/outdoor pools.
A huge number of options await you when you go hungry. Check out Judy's Bar & Kitchen where Chef Judith Roll offers sandwiches served with house made ranch chips or smoked wings. Tiernan’s Bar & Restaurant in downtown Stamford, an Irish Pub with an enormous selection of imported beers and live music performances, is another place that you can visit. With over 80 restaurants, Stamford has something for every taste.
The Stamford Town Center mall is a great place where you can find 130 shops and restaurants, the eighth largest in Connecticut. And if you are in the mood for some cool jewelry, visit The Funky Hippie Giftshop. Explore vintage and new furniture and garden decor at the United House Wrecking, Inc.
Stamford is a place worth visiting, whether for business or pleasure, a day trip or an entire week. So, book now and have an adventure you will not forget.