Welcome to Stamford
A vibrant small city brimming with suburban comfort
Connecticut's third-largest city offers something for everyone, from a bustling urban center to spacious suburban comfort. Just 50 minutes from New York City, this small city offers a vibrant quality of life and a rich history. Established in 1640, this waterfront community has long been valued for its ideal location and beautiful scenery. A thriving business scene attracts large corporations and exciting new start-ups to Stamford, while a year-round schedule of community events and entertainment brings locals together in this wonderful small city.
What to Love
- Urban amenities with suburban comfort
- Beaches and waterfront access
- Thriving business centers and great shopping
A vibrant local lifestyle is the hallmark of Stamford, where locals can customize their pace of life. Head downtown for bustling, high-energy offerings, and waterfront access, or relax with a walk down a tree-lined country lane in the city's park-studded suburban neighborhoods. There's always something new and exciting to try, and the laid-back vibes of this city make it an enjoyable location for residents of all ages and interests.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Every service is right at your fingertips in Stamford, from luxury boutiques and five-star restaurants to great entertainment and arts. Olio
is a firm favorite for locals, who come for the warm, intimate atmosphere and innovative dishes highlighting local, organic produce. For top-tier steak and seafood, don't miss Prime Stamford
, which also offers an excellent jazz brunch on Sundays.
Chef Jaime Guerrero serves up an exciting array of Latin fusion and Nuevo Latino dishes at Brasitas
, where great service and vibrant energy encourage visitors to linger over the top-notch cuisine. Downtown Stamford is the place to go for great shopping and entertainment. With more than 80 restaurants and clubs, there's always something new to try. Art galleries line the streets, making it a great place to explore and enjoy a sunny day, and the outdoor farmer's market offers the freshest fruits and vegetables in the area.
Things to Do
Walk to Cove Island Park
, where sandy beaches hug the shoreline, and a five-mile trail provides beautiful views of sailboats bobbing in the harbor. It's a great escape on warm weekends. After dark, get tickets to the Palace Theatre, built in 1927 and immaculately preserved. This venue brings in a variety of genres, from comedy to music and dance, drawing in locals throughout their busy season.
For those who want to experience local culture while escaping from the hustle and bustle of city life, the Stamford Museum and Nature Center
has over 80 miles of hiking trails on its 118-acre campus. While you're there, explore the working farm, an informative nature center, and the Bendel Mansion, which hosts rotating exhibitions and the museum's permanent collection. Stamford's array of excellent activities brings people outdoors to enjoy the beautiful scenery while offering plenty to do for those who prefer to explore indoors.
Stamford's schools offer high-quality educational opportunities for learners of all ages. With an abundance of schools to choose from, it's easy to find a great fit for every student. Stamford's focus on schools where all children can grow and thrive enhances the community and provides incredible opportunities for local students.
Stamford Charter School for Excellence, K-5, Connecticut Department of Education School of Distinction (1 Schuyler Ave., (203) 989-0000)
Davenport Ridge Elementary School, Pre-K-5, STEM Enrichment Program (1300 Newfield Ave., (203) 977-4291)
Rogers International School, K-8, an International Baccalaureate World School (202 Blachley Rd., (203) 977-4560)