Fairfield is one of the area’s biggest small towns. Despite its size – in both square miles and population – it remains a friendly, down-to-earth place. Narrowing down our Top 10 was not easy, but KMS Partners does the impossible every day. Here’s our list:
10) At the Fairfield Museum and History Center, past and present meet in fascinating ways. The current exhibit – “Rising Tides” – examines the town’s long history of coastal resilience, through stunning photographs, artifacts and documents. You can also explore 375 years of Fairfield history, from the original Native Americans, through the Revolutionary War, into the trolley era and beyond.
9) Lake Mohegan offers 170 acres of hiking trails, a freshwater swimming lake and a very popular kids’ sprinkler park (think spouts, faucets and misters). There’s also a playground, snack bar and picnic shelter. Parking is free, but there’s a fee to enter the swimming area.
8) Lakes not your thing? Try Fairfield’s five miles of shoreline. You’ll find five beaches: Jennings, Penfield, South Pine Creek, Sasco and Southport. Each has its own personality. Penfield’s pavilion and Southport’s solitude are two of our favorites – but sample them all, and pick your own. For more information, click here.
7) Additional recreational opportunities abound. There’s golf at several wonderful private country clubs as well as two great public courses: Smith Richardson and Fairchild Wheeler, plus the fun par-3 Carl Dickman course at South Pine Creek. (South Pine Creek is one of several parks also offering all kinds of athletic and picnic facilities too.) For a full list, click here . Privately owned Sportsplex is your place for gymnastics, cheerleading, skating, rock climbing – and (of course) kids’ birthday parties and events of all kind.
6) Sure, and it’s the Irish Festival. Every June, Fairfield University hosts this fantastic cultural festival. There’s music, dancing, hurling, Gaelic football – and plenty of beer.
5) Of course, that’s not the only activity going on at Fairfield University. The Jesuit school offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs. The Quick Center pulses with a full slate of concerts, lectures, movies, shows, operas and more. Across town, Sacred Heart University is New England’s second-largest Catholic school, providing its own broad undergraduate and graduate courses. WSHU is an NPR outlet, with studios on campus.
4) Other suburban downtown have become outdoor shopping malls. Fairfield’s center has retained its special charm. Most stores are locally owned. It’s walkable, friendly and fun. The Sherman Green Gazebo in the heart of downtown is where everyone gathers for summertime concerts – rock, soul, pop, swing, Scottish, you name it. How Rockwell-esque is the gazebo? There’s great ice cream just a few steps away.
3) Fairfield Theater Company could be Fairfield County’s premier destination for live music – and much more. With two downtown venues – the 640-seat, state-of-the-art Warehouse and intimate, 225-seat StageOne – FTC offers world-renowned bands like Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (October 21), comedy, film, an Oktoberfest – and that’s all in the span of a couple of weeks. It’s run as a non-profit, so ticket prices are low. But the entertainment value is sky-high.
2) Fairfield residents are justly proud of their dozens of dining options. The rest of the county agrees. In the past few years, the town has become a mecca for foodies. Just about any cuisine is available, in every price range, from the Southport border all the way to Black Rock….
1) …And those are only two of the town’s many sections. At its heart, Fairfield is a community of neighborhoods. Each has its own flavor; together, they make up the town. We hate to single any one out – so we won’t talk about Southport’s picturesque harbor, Black Rock’s artistic vibe or Greenfield Hill’s breathtaking Dogwood Festival. So you’ll have to find out about each one on your own!
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