Bridgeport Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Bridgeport; our list of the best things to see, including Beardsley Zoo, Day One Skate Shop & Artspace and Klein Memorial Auditorium.
  • The best place in Bridgeport: Beardsley Zoo

    Beardsley Zoo

    1875 Noble Avenue
    A 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. Adults $7, Seniors and ages 3-11 $5.
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  • Day One Skate Shop & Artspace

    Day One Skate Shop & Artspace

    605 Brewster Street +1 203-331-9525
    A small shop around the corner from Fairfield Avenue that offers skateboards and gear as well as providing a local space for budding artists to demonstrate their work. Despite the daunting appearance of several skaters hanging out front, the shop takes pride in their contributions to the community and is highly involved in local art and skate events, as well as Black Rock Day. [4]
  • Klein Memorial Auditorium

    177 State St
    , Box Office: phone: 203-345-4800 x 150, [1] is a performing arts theater with a variety of performances throughout the year. If you enjoy the symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony performs regularly.
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  • Saint Mary’s by the Sea

    A beautiful developed walkway along Long Island Sound—a perfect place for a run
    Bring binoculars to watch the various boats, ferries, and wildlife. Great views of local beaches and Black Rock Harbor, as well as the Black Rock lighthouse. At one end of the boardwalk there is a little beach where local fishermen can be found by the dozens.
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  • Ellsworth Field

    Ellsworth Street
    A centrally located public activities area complete with three baseball fields, two tennis courts, a playground, and a seasonal “snack shack”. During the spring and summer the field is teeming with t-ball players and snap-happy parents. Ellsworth field is also the location of Black Rock Day—a summertime festival complete with a neighborhood parade as well as food, drinks and live music.
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  • Burroughs-Saden Library

    925 Broad St
    The main branch in Bridgeport. The third floor has a well-maintained historical collection with rotating exhibits and lots of genealogy information.
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  • Captain's Cove Seaport

    1 Bostwick Avenue
    A local seaport that has been a neighborhood tourist attraction since 1982. Perfect place for an afternoon or evening with the family. The small boardwalk has several gift shacks and shops no bigger than a walk-in-closet. Each miniature shop is built in Colonial or Victorian style, making for a fairytale-like experience. Great for kids! Harbor cruise tours of Black Rock and Penfield lighthouses—said to be haunted by ghosts of former keepers—are available weekends from May through September. Great casual seafood restaurant on sight as well as an upstairs bar—perfect for watching the game—or a large outdoor porch great for looking out onto historic Black Rock Harbor. Live entertainment is usually the highlight of this attraction. Large outdoor deck area for dancing or outdoor dining. Live bands frequent this local hotspot. Expect a crowd that varies from young families to old sailors. [3]
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  • Showcase Cinemas: Bridgeport

    286 Canfield Avenue
    One block away from Fairfield Avenue. Shows a wide variety of movies, perfect for any rainy day.
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  • Kip's Ski Shop

    3389 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-367-1829
    Year round shop offering a decent variety of skis, snowboards, and snow gear. Rentals are available.
  • Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

    Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana

    238 Commerce Dr Ste 1
    Established in 1925.
  • Starbucks

    1740 Boston Post Rd
    We are the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world since 1971.
  • Merritt Canteen

    Merritt Canteen

    4355 Main St
    The Original, the One, the Only.
  • Taco Loco

    3170 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-335-8228
    THE place for Margaritas! Not exactly the most scenic or spacious restaurant, but the food and drinks make it well-worth the street-side seats. Voted “#1 Best Mexican Restaurant 2009” and “#1 Best Margarita 2009”. Well-known for catering events and local business meetings. Fun, friendly environment that’s great for a night out.
  • The Bitter End

    2770 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-335-2395
    No frills here! Great place for a laid-back beer, but city-slickers and high-heeled glamour girls looking for a martini may get a look or two. An older crowd gathers here and if you’re looking for a place to park your Harley, there’s always four or five out front. If you’re looking for a heavy rock, cloud of cigarette smoke type place, this is the place for you!
  • Snickering Squirrel Saloon

    3488 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-332-6889
    A more casual bar equipped with pool tables and video games and a full bar. Another hotspot for the younger crowd.
  • Six Seven Tea Room

    670 Brewster Street
    This tea room—the size of a walk-in-closet—is eccentrically decorated and provides for a cozy tea experience. Homemade cupcakes and other sweets are available with your tea and tea leaves are ground and sifted at your table for you. Definitely a unique experience and a great spot to read a book on a cold winter day.
  • The Acoustic Café

    2926 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-335-3655
    Small cafe tables, dim lighting, funky wall art, an intimate vibe, and a full bar make the Acoustic Cafe reminiscent of a NYC Greenwich Village night club. They present a wide variety of musical styles, from bluegrass to hip hop, so checking the website calendar on any given day is a must. Admission charge varies according to artists. Fairfield County’s Weekly Poll gave it "Best Place to Hear Local Music“, ”Best Open Mic" and "Best Place to Hear Alternative Music" in 2009.
  • Harborview Market

    218 Harborview Avenue +1 203-367-7336
    The heart of soul of the Black Rock neighborhood. If you are a local, expect to see at least ten familiar faces. If you’re new to the area, expect to be treated like a local. A casual deli and grill with a unique breakfast and lunch menu. Weekends are completely packed with the after-church crowd and local families. The best homemade chocolate-chip cookies you’ll find! Sunday mornings some local musicians keep the atmosphere cheery and upbeat and the outdoor dining area is quaint and comfortable.
  • Helados Vazquez

    2871 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-333-9393
    A European-style gelatteria that has over 20 flavors of homemade gelato. Cash only. Hours: Wednesday through Sunday 11:30AM - 10PM
  • Timothy's Ice Cream

    2974 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-566-7496
    Timothy's no longer uses the salt-and-ice churners that stand in the front window, but the ice cream made here remains classic. It is simple, sweet-but-not-too-sweet ice cream that draws quite the neighborhood crowd. Walking distances from tons of restaurants, it makes for the perfect dessert excursion.
  • Café Tavolini

    3074 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-335-1111
    Personal touches keep customers coming back to this memorable Black Rock Avenue newcomer. In its first year it earned Fairfield County’s “Best New Restaurant 2007”, “Best Italian Restaurant 2007” and “Most Romantic Restaurant 2007”. Interesting and innovative Italian menu items as well as $6 lunch specials. The food is very “mama’s kitchen” tasting but with an extremely romantic environment. Decorated in deep reds and rich golds and equipped with an outdoor lounge area and indoor bar, this Italian eatery is perfect for date night. Leave the kids at home for this one.
  • Lady Luck

    2931 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-572-0372
    Teased by locals as the “Ed Hardy Bar”, the vibrant, tattoo styling conveys an atmosphere of a bar that could be found on the New Jersey shore. The bar is usually packed with hair-gelled guys with a scantily-clad girl on their arm and the nightly DJ’s usually play the most popular rap and hip-hop music of the moment. The V.I.P. area can be reserved for parties or special events. Lady Luck most definitely gives you a more club-like experience.
  • Bloodroot

    85 Ferris Street +1 203-576-9168
    A feminist vegetarian restaurant. Celebrating their 32nd year in Black Rock as an authentic and eccentric dining experience. The menu is displayed on a small chalkboard above a large window into the kitchen. Patrons place their order and are called up by name to pick up their food. The ceilings are lined with tapestries and vintage Indian blankets and the walls are covered with images of “strong women”, which can range from famous female poets and writers, to your very own grandmother. Cats wander around the restaurant and the grounds freely. Patrons bus their own tables when they are finished. A NY Times article calls Bloodroot “a salon for activists”. And although lively political conversation is usually only tables away and posters for animal and women’s rights are in clear view, most diners come for the unique and delicious food. The waterfront location is well-known for gay and lesbian wedding ceremonies and receptions. Definitely a unique experience!
  • The Field

    3001 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-333-0043
    A warm and richly decorated restaurant with spacious dining area and full bar. The service can be slow at times, mainly due to the crowds generated by its reputation for great food and drinks and its ideal location on Black Rock Avenue.
  • Home On the Range

    2992 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-336-3514
    A true home-style breakfast place, where a little love is scrambled into the eggs. Well-priced, memorable meals to start your day off right. Eating quarters are tight, but with the lighting and mismatched candy colored dishware, the feeling is of a cozy breakfast nook.
  • Ash Creek Saloon

    2859 Fairfield Avenue +1 203-333-2733
    A local neighborhood favorite, this Black Rock Avenue hotspot is always consistently busy. With a centrally located bar and western theme, the restaurant feels very warm and homey, despite its rather large size. The wait-staff is always friendly and regulars can be seen several nights a week. Voted “Best Ribs in Connecticut” by Connecticut Magazine, and “Weekly Best of Fairfield County Readers’ Poll 2009”. Worth a visit!
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in Bridgeport uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.