Milford, Connecticut offers approximately 17 miles of coastline where visitors can swim, boat, fish, sail, or simply stroll along one of the beaches or boardwalks to get some fresh air. There are plenty of shops and restaurants to keep you entertained as well. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Some restaurants are currently offering pickup only. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Silver Sands State Park
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Encompassing almost 300 acres of state-owned land, Silver Sands State Park is located on Long Island Sound. The park boasts an incredibly diverse range of terrain, including sand dunes, forest, a salt water marsh, and a swimming beach. In addition to splashing around in the water, visitors can come here to enjoy a picnic or stroll along one of the many trails or boardwalks that run through the park. The park also boasts a 14 -acre bird sanctuary that protects wading birds like egrets and herons, which makes it a popular destination with bird watchers.
1 Silver Sands Pkwy, Milford, CT 06460
One of Milford's most popular summer destinations, Walnut Beach offers a fishing pier and one of the longest boardwalks in the state. The sandy beach here is excellent for sunbathing, but visitors who prefer some shade are welcome to relax under the park's pavilion or at one of the covered picnic tables. Visitors also come here because of the beach's proximity to Charles Island, which can be reached by walking across a sand bar during low tide. Non-residents must pay a fee to park in the beach's designated parking lot, but on-street parking is available free of charge.
113 E Broadway, Milford, CT 06460
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3.The Coastal Center at Milford Point
Situated on a long barrier beach right next to the Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh, the Coastal Center at Milford Point is a nature center and bird sanctuary that was established to protect the land and wildlife of Long Island Sound. The center offers educational displays and a unique tide pool replica as well as a boardwalk with several lookout points that provides the perfect way to explore the property. Visitors will also have the opportunity to observe a wide variety of birds in their natural habitat; more than 300 different species of birds have been spotted here, including several rare species.
1 Milford Point Rd, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-878-7440
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4.Robert Treat Farm
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Only a few blocks away from Long Island Sound, the Robert Treat Farm is a 30-acre working farm that has been proudly family owned and operated since 1948. Produce grown on the farm can be purchased from the on-site farm store, which also offers a wonderful selection of gourmet food items like honey, bread, and pie, many of which are produced locally. There is also a garden center, where customers can purchase everything from beautiful flowers and shrubs to whimsical planters and lawn ornaments. The farm operates on a seasonal basis and is open Wednesday through Sunday between the months of April and October.
1339 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-878-4270
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5.Scoot & Paddle
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Offering high-quality bicycles, scooters, stand up paddle boards, and kayaks for rent, Scoot & Paddle makes it easy for visitors to explore the beautiful nature in and around Milford. Equipment is available for people of all ages and experience levels, but a valid driver's license is required to rent the motor scooters. During the summer months, the shop hosts group paddles and other special events like sunset paddles with beachside yoga and scavenger hunts. Reservations are required for all events. Rentals are available between May and October, and the shop also offers a retail section that is open for holiday shopping in December.
28 Naugatuck Ave, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-713-8282
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6.Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks
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Perfect for anyone who wants to learn about the history of Milford in a unique and engaging way, the Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks take participants on a 90-minute, lantern-lit walk through the town. The route is approximately 1.2 miles long, and stops include the cemetery and some of the oldest homes in Milford. Tickets can be purchased online or in person, but space on each tour is limited and customers are advised to purchase their tickets in advance to ensure they secure a spot. People of all ages are welcome, and children under the age of four can join the tours for free.
Hotchkiss Bridge, Factory Ln, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-214-7554
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7.Saint Mary Church
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One of two churches of the Precious Blood Parish, the Saint Mary Church is a beautiful red brick church that was dedicated in 1955. Architectural and design highlights of the building include the hand painted ceilings in the sanctuary, the carefully crafted oak pews, and the building's large oak doors, ten of which feature stained glass windows depicting various biblical scenes. Daily mass is held every morning at 7 a.m., with four additional masses being held throughout the day on Sundays. Baptisms are held every Sunday afternoon by appointment, and marriage ceremonies can be arranged with advance notice.
70 Gulf St, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-878-3571
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8.Bin 100 Restaurant
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Specializing in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, Bin 100 Restaurant offers a delicious selection of pizza, pasta, seafood entrees, and meat dishes. The award-winning wine list has an excellent pairing for every meal; cocktails and other beverages are available as well. Locals and visitors alike love the prix fixe dinner menu, a special four course deal with a wide range of options to choose from. The prix fixe menu is only available Sunday through Thursday, but the restaurant is open for dinner every night of the week. Private lunch or dinner events can be arranged for groups, and catering is available for take out as well.
100 Lansdale Ave, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-882-1400
9.The Corner Restaurant
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The Corner Restaurant is one of the busiest restaurants in Milford, and with good reason. The restaurant has built its reputation on its friendly service and delicious breakfasts, all of which are made using fresh, high-quality ingredients like real maple syrup and real butter. The most popular breakfast item on the menu is the decadent Stuffed French Toast, which comes in a variety of flavors, but customers will also find unique dishes like blackened eggs, Cuban tacos, and Malaysian pulled pork. The Corner is open for breakfast and brunch every day of the week, and it stays open for lunch on weekdays.
105 River St, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-882-1150
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10.Seven Seas Restaurant
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Family owned and operated since 1965, the Seven Seas Restaurant is the oldest continually-running restaurant in Milford. It's best known for its cheerful, family-friendly service and generous portion sizes, and over the years, it's had the honor of hosting well-known personalities such as John Legend and Dan Patrick. The specialties here are the lobster rolls and the fried seafood dishes, but the menu also offers a wide selection of appetizers, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and meat entrees. The restaurant opens at 10 a.m. every day, and it closes at midnight or 1 a.m. depending on the day of the week.
16 New Haven Ave, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-877-7327
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Serving up classic American cuisine and seafood dishes in a casual atmosphere, the Stonebridge Restaurant has something to offer everyone. The menu includes everything from elegant appetizers like tuna tartare to hearty pub favorites like fish and chips, and a special prix fix menu with almost ten entree choices is offered between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day of the week. There are several different dining areas for guests to choose from, including a cozy dining room with a fireplace, a casual pub section with a mahogany bar, and a beautiful outdoor patio overlooking the Wepawaug River.
50 Daniel St, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-874-7947
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12.Joey C's Roadhouse BBQ & Tex-Mex
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Owned by a husband and wife team with a passion for food, Joey C's Roadhouse BBQ & Tex-Mex is a roadhouse-style barbecue joint that specializes in slow-smoked ribs, pork, and beef brisket. The menu also offers a wide range of Tex-Mex dishes, including quesadillas, burritos, tacos, and more. Plenty of gluten-free menu items are available, and healthy substitutions like brown rice and whole wheat tortillas are available all throughout the menu. The Roadhouse is also a great place to come for a drink even if you're not in the mood for food; options include fifteen beers on tap and margaritas made with fresh juice.
439 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460, Phone: 203-301-3299
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Breathe in the fresh air and view over 300 varieties of plants at Glendale Farms. Originating over one decade ago in 1917, the farm has been owned and managed by the Astraib family ever since its foundation and is now owned by the family’s third generation. The family is highly regarded as one of the oldest and most respected growers in Connecticut. Take a visit and walk through their plantations featuring beautiful flowers and annuals, along with other house plants, fruits, and vegetables. If planned at the right season, families may also pick their own strawberries to enjoy later on. Glendale Farms welcomes visitors seven days a week.
203 Herbert Street, Milford, Connecticut 06461, Phone: 203-874-7203
Known as Milford’s largest park with 44 acres of wilderness, Eisenhower Park has a wide variety of sights and activities for visitors to explore. Active visitors will surely enjoy the ample network of trails available throughout the park, all of which can be explored with convenient trail maps and walking brochures. Sight-seers also have the opportunity to take in the immensely rich and diverse scenery and wildlife that the lands have to offer. From its wetlands to young forests, along with the Wepawaug River flowing through the park, it’s a bustling habitat for birds, deer, and other wildlife. The park is pet-friendly, free to access, and is open to all ages making it a great option for families as well.
780 North Street, Milford, Connecticut 06461, Phone: 203-783-3280
15.Robert Treat Farm
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Take a peek into Connecticut’s rich agricultural past by paying a visit to the Robert Treat Farm. Family-owned since 1948, the farm and its market have been a long-standing source of beautiful garden plants and fresh produce for its neighboring community. Visitors will instantly notice its grand New England barn which replaced the former 60-year-old farm stand in 2008. There, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of fresh, homegrown produce along with many locally crafted gourmet foods like cheeses, bread, and more. Alternatively, you can venture into the garden center and greenhouses to pick amongst a rich collection of annuals, perennials, and trees. Plan your visit between April and October, and you’ll be sure to be amazed by the peaceful scenery that surrounds the farm.
1339 New Haven Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 06460, Phone: 203-878-4270
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16.Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center
With over 8.4 acres of land, the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center offers a beautiful and yet informative experience for its visitors. At its basic level, guests may enjoy the sights and sounds of the barrier beaches, tide pools, salt marshes, and coastal dunes. The grounds also include a bird sanctuary, observation platforms, and viewing towers to make every visit even more memorable. However, with the Connecticut Audubon Society’s passion for the awareness and preservation of the Long Island Sound’s ecosystem, there’s a lot that can be learned from the coastal center as well. Rich educational programs and events await families with exhibits, a salt-marsh laboratory, and tide pool demonstrations.
1 Milford Point Road, Milford, Connecticut 06460, Phone: 203-878-7440
17.Milford Historical Society
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Visit some of Milford’s oldest historical houses. The Milford Historical Society has three well-preserved historical houses that can transport visitors as far as the 17th century. Credited to be the oldest house in Milford, the Eells-Stow House is believed to be dated some time between the late 17th century and early 18th century. It belonged to and was passed through several generations of the Boston-hailing Eels family until it eventually made its way to the Stow family. The remaining houses, the Clark-Stockade House and Clark-Stockade House were both built in the 1780s and feature several authentic period pieces with the former featuring Milford furniture pieces such as the Marion Buckingham Tibbals collection, and the latter retaining its original siding and windows. While very old, the houses remain structurally sound through careful restoration allowing visitors to see what Milford's living was like in the past.
34 High Street, Milford, Connecticut 0640, Phone: 203-874-2664
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18.Milford Indoor Tennis
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Milford Indoor Tennis is all about offering its visitors the finest leisure and family bonding experiences. The club welcomes tennis players of all levels while making sure to provide each one with world-class facilities. It holds five U.S. Open DecoTurf cushioned tennis courts that feature state-of-the-art-lighting systems, along with two pickleball courts for those interested in giving it a try. Players may then unwind in the club’s fully equipped men’s and women’s locker rooms followed by a leisure gathering at the spacious lounge and viewing area. Plan your visit any time of the year and be sure to check their many program and class offerings for adults and children alike.
580 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 06460, Phone: 203-876-1776
19.Milford Arts Council, the MAC
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Driven by its passion to “enlighten, enrich, and entertain” through art, the Milford Arts Council is sure to inspire any of its visitors to unlock their inner creativity. Watch a moving show in their large theater or take one amongst a plethora of classes and workshops covering an endless number of art forms. Established in 1971, the premier non-profit organization has been an enduring pillar of influence in the Milford community. All ages can learn and express themselves through just about every discipline of art from photography, theater, dance, and many more. Finding its perfect home in an abandoned train station in 1984, the very walls of the MAC shows its visitors that imagination and creativity are an endless force.
40 Railroad Avenue S., Milford, Connecticut 06460, Phone: 203-878-6647
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Check out Milford’s vibrant local art scene by paying a visit to Artfish 42. Standing only steps away from Walnut Beach, the unique art shop showcases and sells work by 17 talented professionals known regionally and nationally. Although originally meant to be a one-time pop-up shop, the success and admiration of the neighboring community encouraged Artfish 42 to open permanently in 2015— and it’s not hard to see why. Artfish 42 has a clear and palpable love for the arts as it offers not only a unique shopping experience but classes and events to inspire its visitors as well. Adults and children alike can take any of the year-round classes available for pottery, painting, floral arranging, and more.
42 Naugatuck Avenue, Milford, Connecticut 06460, Phone: 203-693-3301
20 Best Things to Do in Milford, Connecticut
- Silver Sands State Park, Photo: Ritu Jethani/stock.adobe.com
- Walnut Beach, Photo: jayyuan/stock.adobe.com
- The Coastal Center at Milford Point, Photo: duke2015/stock.adobe.com
- Robert Treat Farm, Photo: Robert Treat Farm
- Scoot & Paddle, Photo: Kalinova Olena/stock.adobe.com
- Spirits of Milford Ghost Walks, Photo: Dietlinde DuPlessis/stock.adobe.com
- Saint Mary Church, Photo: Saint Mary Church
- Bin 100 Restaurant, Photo: Bin 100 Restaurant
- The Corner Restaurant, Photo: The Corner Restaurant
- Seven Seas Restaurant, Photo: Ye Liew/stock.adobe.com
- Stonebridge Restaurant, Photo: Stonebridge Restaurant
- Joey C's Roadhouse BBQ & Tex-Mex, Photo: Joey C's Roadhouse BBQ & Tex-Mex
- Glendale Farms, Photo: Glendale Farms
- Eisenhower Park, Photo: stock.adobe.com
- Robert Treat Farm, Photo: Robert Treat Farm
- Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center, Photo: photoguns/stock.adobe.com
- Milford Historical Society, Photo: Milford Historical Society
- Milford Indoor Tennis, Photo: Milford Indoor Tennis
- Milford Arts Council, the MAC, Photo: Milford Arts Council, the MAC
- Artfish42, Photo: Artfish42
- Cover Photo: Ritu Jethani/stock.adobe.com
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