One of my favorite things about living in Fairfield County, and raising my 20-month old daughter here, is that there is no shortage of family-friendly places to go and things to see and do. Here are five of my family’s favorite ways to spend a few hours in our town, and around Fairfield County.
Bruce Park & Playground, Greenwich
We love the boundless playground at Bruce Park, it’s truly fun for kids of all ages. And, if you take a short walk in either direction, you’ll reach the Bruce Park Pond or Roger Sherman Baldwin Park (on the Greenwich Harbor), both of which are perfect for pre- or post-playground picnics.
Island Beach, Greenwich
My husband and I recently took our first trip to Island Beach, and I can’t believe that we’d never done it before! The ferry ride is a really nice 20 minute ride, and in addition to the beach, the island has a large tree-shaded picnic area (including tables and grills), and a toddler-friendly playground. You can spend just a few hours there, or easily stay all day.
Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk
We asked for a membership to the Maritime Aquarium as a Christmas gift, and we have already gone way more than it cost. We like to time our visits so that we’re there for a seal show (11:45, 1:45, and 3:45 daily). We also like to visit the jellyfish, meerkats, and sharks, just to name a few.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center, Stamford
I remember the first time I brought my daughter to the Stamford Museum & Nature Center last fall, when she still wasn’t walking yet. Now, she excitedly runs from animal to animal. We’ve also enjoyed some of their indoor exhibits, like “Lego” last winter and “Treehouses” this summer. There’s so much to do at SM&NC, and to be honest, we still haven’t done most of it. (Luckily, Allison wrote all about it.)
Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Norwalk
I’ve mentioned before how much we love the Stepping Stones Museum, and you can read that post here. I don’t recommend it for pre- or early-walkers (unless they’re younger siblings), but I do think it’s the perfect place for toddler age and older.
My family’s always looking for new places to visit…What are your family’s favorites in Fairfield County!?