Bridgeport has beaches and parks, but the biggest attraction is the Klein Memorial Auditorium, a performing arts theater.
phone: +1 203 576-8161address: 1000 Great Meadow Rd, StratfordSmall airport catering to general aviation in Fairfield County. There are no commercial airlines or flights available at this airport, although Tailwind Air Service offers seasonal air taxi to Boston and New Bedford, as well as New York via seaplane. Companies such as Connecticut Air Charter and Air Charter Advisors can arrange flights on-demand to/from BDR using light aircraft due to its shorter runways.
For commercial flights, there are several airports within a 2 hours drive:
- Tweed-New Haven Regional Airport is a very small airport in New Haven, offering flights to Philadelphia. It is 40 minutes away.
- Westchester County Airport is an airport in Westchester County, New York, offering flights nationwide. It is 50 minutes away
- LaGuardia Airport is a major airport in Queens, offering flights worldwide. It is 70 minutes away.
- JFK International Airport is a major airport in Queens, offering flights worldwide. It is 80 minutes away.
- Newark Airport is a major airport in Newark, NJ, offering flights worldwide. It is 90 minutes away
- Stewart International Airport is an airport in Newburgh, NY. It is 100 minutes away.
- is served by frequent Metro-North and Amtrak trains.
- I-95 goes through Bridgeport.
Bridgeport has a variety of beaches and parks, including Seaside, one of the nicest in the state complete with a lighthouse and a walk out to it.
phone: +1 203 331-1104address: 820 Main StExhibits about P.T. Barnum and the history of the city. Located downtown, it is within walking distance to some great architecture downtown.
phone: +1 203 576-7403address: 925 Broad StThe main branch in Bridgeport. The third floor has a well-maintained historical collection with rotating exhibits and lots of genealogy information.
phone: +1 203 394-6565address: 1875 Noble AvenueA wide variety of ecosystems presented, including a rainforest building, as well as tigers, otters, bison, etc. During the summer, usually late July/early August there are free theatrical showings, usually Shakespeare called Shakespeare in the park. The Beardsley park is also a lovely place to picnic.
phone: +1 203 345-4800 (Box Office ext 150)address: 177 State StA performing arts theater with a variety of performances throughout the year. If you enjoy the symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony performs regularly.
There many eating venues in Bridgeport, including Italian, Jamaican, Chinese, Thai, Brazilian, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and other Latino food, as well as many more typical American restaurants.
phone: +1 203 334-1234address: 1070 Main Street
In the late 80s and early 90s, Bridgeport had a notable crime rate. The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, and drug dealers from New York all battled for control of the city's many housing projects, places like Father Panik Village, Pequonnock village, Marina Village and the PT Barnum Housing Projects. Today, for the tourist staying for a few days or weeks, Bridgeport's bark is bigger than its bite. The main attractions for tourists like the Harboryard and the PT Barnum Museum are in areas that are not to be considered high crime. Traveling to the East Side or East End is considered to be the Spanish harlem of the city, as that is where all the Spanish restaurants and shops are located along with a strong catholic religious background indicative of the churches located within this area as well.
Now, downtown is being rehabbed. The plan is to have apartments in former destitute buildings. Downtown will be the hustle and bustle it used to be, full of people and shopping happening on a daily basis. Downtown has limited parking so bring your quarters for the on street parking.