Welcome to Fairfield
Charming, coastal gem on beautiful Long Island Sound
Fairfield offers the best of both city and country living with its stunning natural beauty and bustling college-town vibes. There are numerous art galleries and cultural offerings, while community clubs bring residents together to enjoy the natural scenery of this vibrant city. There’s always something to do in Fairfield, from romantic winter carriage rides to summers sailing the blue waters of Long Island Sound or lounging on one of Fairfield’s wide beaches. Classic New England architecture abounds in this small city, from quaint cottages to sprawling waterside estates and bucolic country manors. A small-town feel presides over the close-knit community, while easy access to New York City brings a cosmopolitan flair to Fairfield's idyllic landscape.
What to Love
- A stunning small city on the water
- Community clubs and activities bring residents together
- Two universities offer a continual rotation of arts and culture
- Excellent restaurants and local boutiques
Because of its thriving community club offerings, locals here get to know each other easily through shared experiences and fun outings. Go kayaking or sailing with friends, or relax on the beach after a long day. Great nightlife and restaurants invite residents downtown after hours, while art galleries and theater companies ensure great entertainment year-round. This active, cosmopolitan community enjoys the natural beauty of Connecticut year-round, with stunning beaches, beautiful views, and serene woodlands around every corner.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Fairfield offers a vibrant array of dining and entertainment. Get a table at The Chelsea
, Fairfield's favorite stop for innovative New American dishes and lobster rolls. Even the New York Times writers were jealous of this incredible restaurant. Don't miss the Branzino or the Grilled Octopus at Totó
, where Mediterranean dishes and an intimate atmosphere draw in locals and visitors alike. Head to Post Road for great nightlife and a thriving restaurant scene, where local gems like Quattro Pazzi Cafe
draw in crowds for drinks and appetizers. After a light meal, settle in at the Fairfield Comedy Club
or the Fairfield Theatre Company
Things to Do
Fairfield offers an incredible abundance of things to do, whether you prefer arts and culture or want to head outdoors. At the heart of Fairfield is the stunning, Romanesque Pequot Library
, which hosts community campouts in the summer and a rotation of literary exhibitions and rare manuscripts throughout the year. From there, head to the coast, where you can choose from a kayak paddle, a sailing lesson, or a lazy summer day at the beach.
For a day hike, visit the Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary
, where accessible trails wind through the 155-acre woodland. It's a wonderful place to relax in the shade or watch the local wildlife. Art lovers enjoy proximity to the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
, which brings in great music, theater, and dance productions from around the world. Fairfield University Art Museum
displays exquisite Renaissance and Baroque paintings in its permanent collection, along with rotating special exhibitions from a variety of artistic genres. SHU Community Theatre
offers live performances and film screenings in an intimate setting in downtown Fairfield, with its popular Broadway on Post Series and Thought Leader lecture tickets going quickly each year.
Fairfield is home to two universities and a top-rated public school district. With unsurpassed educational offerings, this community inspires generations of lifelong learners.
Monroe Elementary School, Pre-K-5, Top 1% of public schools in Connecticut (375 Monroe Tpke., (203) 452-2870)
Fairfield College Preparatory School, 9-12, High-performing athletics, leadership programming, and extensive fine arts curriculum (1073 North Benson Rd., (203) 254-4200)
Sacred Heart University, Post-secondary, Forbes Top College (5151 Park Ave., (203) 371-7999)