Top 10 Spring Things to Do in Fairfield County Last Updated: April 2022

Is there anybody out there who doesn’t have cabin fever? After a long winter (and an even longer year), things are looking up and popping up in Fairfield County, offering loads of fun things to do – alone, with your mate or friends, and with the kids. Check out this 10 must-dos now that the air is warm and the sun is shining – and put a little Spring in your step!’

 

Flower Power

There’s no denying that those first colorful blooms of spring bring joy to our hearts and a sense of renewal to our souls. Luckily, such places abound in Fairfield County at the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton, the Goodbody Garden in Stamford, the 40-acre New Canaan Nature Center, and the Colorblends House & Spring Garden in Bridgeport.

 

Take a Hike

If there’s a silver lining to the COVID-19 cloud, it’s that many of us have ventured into the great outdoors in search of fresh air and exercise as we embrace our state’s many natural wonders. Walkers, joggers, hikers and bikers have discovered (or rediscovered) the wondrous parks, forests and trails in Fairfield County – each offering its own unique and memorable features. Just a few you might want to explore include the Mianus River Park that straddles the Stamford-Greenwich border, the Norwalk River Valley Trail, the Connecticut Audubon Society and Brett Woods Conservation Area in Fairfield, Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve in Weston, and the Aspetuck Land Trust, that winds through Easton, Weston, Fairfield and Westport. Many welcome pets; click here for updated information on visiting state parks.

Ride a Bike

There’s no better way to get energized as you welcome the arrival of spring than on a bike ride; and, with the next-generation electric pedal-assisted models available to rent, everybody can get in on the action. Don’t have your own wheels? Rent them for an hour or two or longer – and get pedaling! Try River Bicycles in Greenwich, Danny’s Bikes in Stamford, Pedego Electric Bikes in Norwalk, or Cycleology Bike & Ski in Westport.

Eat a Sweet

There simply aren’t many things in this world more loved, more appreciated, more craved, than chocolate. Chocolatiers are magicians who transform the simplest ingredients into not just delicious confections, but works of art. Fortunately, Fairfield County has no shortage of these dedicated artisans who understand that we can’t live without them! You can’t go wrong with Knipschildt Chocolatier in Norwalk, Isabelle et Vincent and BE Chocolat in Fairfield and Le Rouge Chocolates and Cakes by Aarti in Westport.

Sip Some Suds

Craft breweries are popping up everywhere; and more than beer stops, these are destinations – making their homes in refurbished factory buildings, train stations, farmhouses, old hospitals, and even churches. What they all have in common is a passion for handcrafting sensational IPAs, Pilsners, Stouts and more, using locally grown, natural ingredients. Best of all, there are lots to choose from. Most serve food, stage Trivia Nights, have games and feature live music to elevate the experience. Here's hopping you’ll visit some or all of these: Half Full Brewery in Stamford, Two Roads Brewing Company in Stratford, Fairfield Craft Ales in Stratford, Aspetuck Brew Lab and Brewport in Bridgeport and  Veracious Brewing Company in Monroe.

 

Search for Treasure

The Connecticut Antiques Trail is a treasure hunter’s dream come true. Antique shops large and small dot the quaint towns in historic Fairfield County. Whatever you’re looking for, 1700s-1900s Americana, furniture and home decor from every era, silver, jewelry, vintage clothing, collectible toys, tools and gadgets – it’s all here, at prices to satisfy first-timers, enthusiasts and collectors alike. So, make a day or weekend of it and visit any or all of these antique shops: Estate Treasures of Greenwich in Old Greenwich, Greenwich Living Antiques & Design Center, Avery & Dash Collections, Antique & Artisan Gallery in Stamford, Fairfield County Antique & Design Center in Norwalk, Glen Leroux Antiques Inc. and L’Antiquaire in Westport, Our Place Antiques in Fairfield, Fairfield Auction in Monroe,  Mongers Market, Black Rock Antique Galleries and Tongue In Chique in Bridgeport, and Stratford Antique Center in Stratford.
 

 

Start Wining

There’s a definite sense of pride in sipping a top-quality wine cultivated, aged and bottled right here in Connecticut. Wineries have sprung up all over the state, offering award-winning reds, whites, rosés, fruit and dessert wines. Although the climate and land availability is generally more favorable in neighboring Litchfield Hills (check out all the wineries there), one of the state's premier wine makers is Jones Winery in the beautiful white hills of Shelton, a destination well worth a visit.

Go Fish – Charter Style!

Nothing is more invigorating than the feel of crisp, salty air in your face, that first tug at the end of your line, and the rush from reeling in that whopper. Spring was made for charter fishing – and Fairfield County offers plenty of great choices on Long Island Sound to rent a charter and…go fish! Check out Road Work Ahead Fishing Charters and Stamford Fishing Charters in Stamford, Salt Addict Fishing Charters and Middlebank II at Captain’s Cove in Bridgeport. For saltwater fly fishing and light tackle fishing, try Connecticut Island Outfitters in Westport.

 

Dine Out(side)!

The days are longer; the nights are warmer and the urge to enjoy a great meal without feeling fenced in is one you can’t resist. So why not plan a delectable rendezvous, maybe stroll along the pier or take in a sunset, and welcome spring back for another visit! Just a few of the many great choices for outside dining in Fairfield County are Lugano Wine Bar & Salumeria and l’escale in Greenwich, Crab Shell in Stamford, Tablao and Washington Prime in South Norwalk, Sunset Grille in East Norwalk, The Spread and Harbor Lights in Norwalk, Boathouse Restaurant in Westport, Knapp’s Landing in Stratford, Blackstones Grille in Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk and Southport; and, when it comes to people- and harbor-watching at its best, you can’t beat the 400-seat patio and bar at Captain’s Cove Seaport Restaurant in Bridgeport.

Be a Townie

There’s no better time than spring to put on a comfortable pair of shoes and take to the streets of the beautiful and historic towns of Fairfield County. Strolling past quaint shops and boutiques, galleries and markets, greeting passersby or stopping at a local watering hole or restaurant is just plain wonderful and rejuvenating, as you feel the very history that unfolded beneath your feet. There’s not a town that should be missed; but a few standouts are Greenwich, New Canaan, Westport, Southport, Fairfield, Weston, Monroe, and Bridgeport.