Fairfield, CT retains a small-town feeling even though it is thriving with attractions and entertainment venues of all sorts. Be sure to explore the outdoor open spaces, parks, and beaches such as Penfield Beach, Jennings Beach, or the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary.

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1.Fairfield Museum and History Center

Fairfield Museum and History Center
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The Fairfield Museum and History Center was established by the Fairfield Historical Society in 2007. The museum and library space spans 13,000 square feet and includes exhibition galleries, an 80-seat theatre, a reading room and special-collection research library, a family education center, and a museum shop. Some of the exhibits which you’ll see are Creating Community: Exploring 375 Years of Our Past, A Century of Theatre in Fairfield County, and Exploring Our Cultural Heritage. There’s tons of events and programs scheduled at the museum throughout the year; kids can participate in scavenger hunts, Halloween-themed spooky strolls, and vacation camps.

370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-259-1598

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2.Rock Climb Fairfield

Rock Climb Fairfield
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With over 20,000 square feet of climbing space, there’s no better place in the area to enjoy rock climbing than Rock Climb Fairfield. The walls can reach heights of us up 40 feet, making it enjoyable and challenging to both new and expert rock climbers. Some of their features includes bouldering, top rope, lead climbing, systems boards, hang boards, and campus boards. Rock Climb also has a yoga studio and a fitness gym, making it a wonderful place to get a full-body workout in one stop. You’ll enjoy the experience no matter your age and can depend on guidance from experts to help you accomplish your rock climbing goals.

85 Mill Plain Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-416-5500

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3.Penfield Beach

Penfield Beach
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Penfield Beach is a three-and-a-half acres beachfront property that offers an endless stretch of golden, sandy beach for people to enjoy. You can sunbathe or swim right along the Long Island Sound, which is surely a wonderful way to spend the day outdoor with friends and family. The beach can get crowded in the evenings since it’s a popular place for people to take a walk or jog and get some exercise. Kids love it there because it’s fun and filled with amenities such as a playground right on the beach. It’s a wonderful place to go and unwind, build sandcastles, collect seashells, and just enjoy yourself.

323 Fairfield Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

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4.Jennings Beach

Jennings Beach
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One of the largest beaches in Fairfield, Jennings Beach is a 27-acre expanse of sandy golden beach that offers stunning views of the Long Island Sound. The beach is one of the most popular places to spend a lovely, sunny day, and is one of the area’s best choices to witness the 4th of July fireworks. To ensure the comfort of their visitors, Jennings Beach has amenities and features such as concession stands, volleyball poles, sailboat racks, and bathroom facilities. The beach shares its parking lot with the adjacent Rowland Memorial Playground, at which you will find a skate park and a sand castle playground. The beach is protected by lifeguards during the summer season and there are swimming lessons offered as well.

880 S Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-256-3145

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5.Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary

Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary
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Listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and a part of a U.S. National Historic Landmark District, the Connecticut Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary is one of the oldest private sanctuaries of its kind in the nation. The six-acre site was originally planted by Mabel Osgood Wright in 1914 as a way of attracting, feeding, and providing refuge to resident and migratory birds. Visitors will be able to see some of the 120 species of birds which come there. Additional aspects include a bird banding station and a natural history museum displaying dioramas and mounted preserved animals.

314 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-259-0416

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6.Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
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An integral part of Fairfield University, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is an indoor theatre which was opened in 1990. It was recognized as the “cultural epicenter of Fairfield County” by Westport Magazine and often houses an array of events such as theatre performances, dance, musical concerts, and other programs for audiences of all ages. The center is also home to the Open VISIONS Forum which allows the community and its visitors to engage in several lectures with humanitarians, authors, artists, politicians, and more. Stop by and catch a performance by their resident choir, the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut, or partake in one of the several other events held there.

Fairfield University: 1073 N Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824

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7.Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary

Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary
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The Roy and Margot Larsen Wildlife Sanctuary spans over 155 acres, making it one of the largest sanctuaries in Fairfield and surrounding communities. Within the sanctuary you will find a great variety of wildlife habitats which are home to a number of flora and fauna. You can spend your time exploring the seven miles of trails available there, some of which is wheelchair-accessible as well. Unique aspects include a replica of an Algonquin wigwam, the migratory ducks in the sanctuary ponds, and owls and other species of birds in the many nest boxes scattered throughout. Other wildlife that is commonly seen are frogs, snakes, turtles, and deer.

2325 Burr St, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-259-0416

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8.Fairfield University Art Museum

Fairfield University Art Museum
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Formerly known as the Bellarmine Museum of Art, the Fairfield University Art Museum was established on campus in 2010. There are three distinct galleries which take up 2,700 square feet of space, much of which is dedicated to Asian, baroque, Celtic, Renaissance, Medieval, and Classical art. Having such a broad and rich collection of paintings, sculptures, and more, it is no surprise that the museum is considered one of the most amazing college museums in the United States. One of the museum’s most popular aspects is its collection of plaster casts after exemplary works from ancient Rome and Greece.

200 Barlow Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-254-4046

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9.Brick and Wood

Brick and Wood
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Brick+Wood is a restaurant in Fairfield that offers delicious, authentic Italian cuisine which is inspired by the street foods and wood-fired pizzas of Naples. Everything on the menu is made from scratch and uses fresh ingredients to ensure you have a flavorful dining experience starting from the fresh, hand-tossed dough. Delicious choices from their menu, apart from the pizza, include Nonna’s Meatball Panzerrotto which is fried dough stuffed with fresh mozzarella, cauliflower fritters with chipotle aioli dip, truffle parm fries, and their shrimp BLT. Try out the Diavola Texas Heat pizza, the zucchini pancetta pizza, or one of over thirty other styles of pizza; you can also build your own and opt for a gluten-free or vegan option.

Brick Walk: 1275 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-939-1400

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10.Super Duper Weenie

Super Duper Weenie
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Having started out as a traveling food truck in 1992, the owners of Super Duper Weenie eventually opened up a shop in 2000 to meet the demands of their customers. You can’t go there without trying out the famous hot dogs they’re named after; be sure to top it with their house sweet or hot relish. If hot dogs aren’t your thing, Super Duper Weenie has you covered with their Super Duper burger - a half-pound of all-natural, grass-fed, hormone and antibiotic free, burger. During the colder months, you can feast on delicious soup that is made from scratch using fresh ingredients - crowd favorites include the beef barley, curried sweet potato, and the Rhode Island chowder.

306 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825, Phone: 203-334-3647

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11.Barcelona Wine Bar

Barcelona Wine Bar
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Oozing of a retro 70s vibe, the Barcelona Wine Bar is an upscale, sophisticated space that locals love hanging out at. You can have your fill of sangria, Spanish tapas, and other clean and rustic cuisine. The foods are influenced by the techniques and flavors of Spanish, Mediterranean, and South American influences. If you get a chance, stop by for their popular weekend brunch which is filled with trays of dry-cured Spanish ham, pork sausage, and red wine soaked goat’s cheese. Samples from the brunch tapas menu are the hanger steak with truffle vinaigrette, whipped sheep’s cheese with truffle honey, and beef empanadas with spicy pepper sauce.

Hotel Hi-Ho: 4180 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06824, Phone: 203-255-0800

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12.Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana

Frank Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana
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Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Napoletana was founded in 1925 by Italian immigrant, Frank Pepe. He came to the United States in 1909 and worked many jobs before he began his entrepreneurial career by opening his own bakery. He soon converted it to a restaurant and started with baking two types of pizzas including the Original Tomato Pie, which is still available today. You can top your pizza with an endless number of toppings such as pepperoni, bacon, meatballs, sausage, broccoli, mushrooms, olives, spinach, onions, peppers, fresh garlic, shrimp, chicken, or anchovies which are imported directly from Italy.

238 Commerce Drive, Fairfield, CT 06825, Phone: 203-333-7373

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12 Best Things to Do in Fairfield, Connecticut