Welcome to New Canaan
Relaxed, historic retreat just 39 miles from New York City
Known for its historic architecture, relaxed vibe, and verdant landscape, New Canaan offers a wonderful escape from city life. Here, you'll find locals strolling with their dogs in one of the many beautiful parks or relaxing on the lawn of the 1912 Tudor Mansion for a summer concert. Life is sweet in this idyllic town, where the central Village of New Canaan boasts stunning art galleries, farm-to-table restaurants, and a lively event schedule. A community focus and small-town charm make New Canaan feel a world away from the hustle of New York City, but the excitement of city life is just 39 miles away, providing the best of both worlds for this lovely hamlet. A variety of architectural styles are right at home here, adding an artistic flair to the tree-lined streets.
What to Love
- The relaxed, casual vibe
- Immaculate parks
- Community events that bring people together
- Small-town feel with easy access to New York City
New Canaan's walkable streets and natural beauty give the area a relaxed, artistic vibe. One of Fairfield County's prized "walking towns," this community has prioritized walkable streets and friendly neighborhoods throughout its history, preserving its traditional New England charm. Local events thrive here, from the incredible summer concert series to a Holiday Stroll so popular it evolved into a monthly Stroll Night. For residents looking for a classic New England lifestyle, New Canaan is a wonderful place to call home.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Dining and shopping are plentiful in New Canaan, and the town's arts-centered approach supports a range of great entertainment. Enjoy a laid-back brunch at SE Uncorked
, where personal service and a comfortable atmosphere attract locals before starting their weekend adventures. Peruse local galleries and boutiques along with nationally-recognized stores in the historic downtown shopping district, affectionately known by locals as The Village.
For a romantic night out, Cava Wine Bar & Wood Grille
offers Northern Italian classics and a great wine list. After dinner, catch a show at Powerhouse Theatre Performing Arts Center
, where New Canaan's Town Players have performed for over 75 years. Local gems thrive in this walkable area, making it fun to try new restaurants or shop for unique treasures in The Village at New Canaan.
Things to Do
With 300 acres of parks and gardens surrounding a 1912 Tudor mansion, Waveny Park
is always the place to be, whether you come to relax in the park, watch a sporting event on the main lawn, or catch a summer concert. On the third weekend in July, New Canaan closes down all the streets in the town center for the Village Fair and Sidewalk Sale. It's a fun time to catch up with friends, listen to live music and peruse unique treasures.
For a different type of adventure, take a tour of Philip Johnson's Glass House
, an icon of mid-century modern design that ushered the International Style into the U.S. The surrounding property includes painting and sculpture galleries, outdoor sculptures, and a beautiful walking path.
Ranked in the top 1% of public school systems in the entire U.S., the New Canaan Public School District offers incredible educational opportunities. With a focus on the arts and a dedicated academic focus, New Canaan is a great place to learn and grow.
South School, Pre-K-4, named the #2 Public Elementary School in Connecticut
Saxe Middle School, 5-8, named #1 Middle School in Connecticut and top 2% of Best Public Middles Schools in the U.S.
New Canaan High School, 9-12, named #2 for Best Public High School in Connecticut and in the top 1% of Best Public High Schools in the Country.