Stamford – Things to do with your Team

Located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, Stamford is a city that’s home to four Fortune 500 Companies, nine Fortune 1000 Companies, and 13 Courant 100 Companies, as well as numerous divisions of large corporations, which altogether makes Stamford one of the largest concentrations of corporations in the nation. It’s no wonder Stamford has been nicknamed “The City That Works;” but all work and no play makes for a pretty dull stay. Luckily for you and your team, that isn’t actually the case. For all the corporations based in Stamford there are just as many great, family-friendly attractions that everyone is sure to enjoy.


Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsThe Stamford Museum & Nature Center is a great way to spend a few hours with your team among the calming beauty of nature, seemingly far away from the hustle and bustle of “The City That Works” and your team’s hectic travel schedule. It would take days to see all that the Stamford Museum & Nature Center has to offer however. The center’s sprawling 118-acre property is home to a variety of amazing sights like Heckscher Farm, an 10-acre, fully-operational farm featuring barns, a maple sugar house, an organic vegetable garden, wide open pastures, and, of course, dozens of farm animals.

At the Stamford Museum & Nature Center you and your team can also visit Overbrook Nature Center, the focal point of the center’s educational programs with an interactive exhibit area and 80 acres of walking trails located behind the building; the Bendel Mansion, a historic Tudor mansion built in the late 1920s that currently functions as a public gallery and museum space; the Edith and Robert Graham Otter Pond, home to the center’s resident river otter friends; the Stamford Observatory; and so much more! In addition to all of these fantastic facilities, the Stamford Museum & Nature Center also offers seasonal exhibits and weekend festivals where you and your team can experience the natural history and culture of the region. 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903


The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Since 1988, The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk has been inspiring visitors of all ages to appreciate and understand the ecology of the Long Island Sound. Located only a short drive away from Stamford, the aquarium is a great way for you and your team to enjoy some educational entertainment during your stay in Connecticut. There your group can explore the museum’s 140,000-square-foot facility housed in a former 1860s iron works factory at your own pace as you observe their 34 exhibits featuring more than 1,200 marine animals of 259 different species. Your journey will begin on the banks of a freshwater river and the brackish, shallow waters of the salt marsh and then will move into progressively deeper habitats, eventually reaching exhibits that showcase the aquatic life of the open ocean.

The Maritime Aquarium is also home to Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater with a massive, six-story-tall movie screen. The venue will offer you and your group an immersive, larger-than-life viewing experience, whether you choose to go there to see educational programming or a feature-length Hollywood film. Make sure to leave some time for you and your team to shop and dine at the aquarium’s gift shop and Cascade Café. For groups of 10 or more, reservations must be made at least 24 hours prior to visiting the aquarium. 10 N Water St, Norwalk, CT 06854


Cove Island Park

Cove Island Park has got everything you and your team need for a relaxing day outside. With a one mile loop trail, a children’s play area, a cycling path, a picnic area, concession stand, and wide open lawns, this scenic 83-acre park really has it all. While there you and your team can also visit Cove Island Park’s two sandy beaches, as well as a small salt marsh, intertidal mudflats, and other interesting natural features. The Coastal Education Center, a state-of-the-art nature center with displays on Long Island Sound is located at the park as well, offering guests a hands-on learning experience. Non-resident daily passes can be purchased at the gate to the park. 1125 Cove Rd, Stamford, CT 06902


Chelsea Piers Connecticut

Your team will be in store for non-stop fun and excitement when you visit Chelsea Piers Connecticut. Developed and managed by the same company that currently manages the highly-acclaimed Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex in New York City, this 400,000-square-foot facility offers a variety of great drop-in activities that don’t require reservations, including the Jump & Climb Zone, which features both a trampoline court and 22-foot-tall climbing wall; a hexagonal inflatable court where your team can participate in a game of Gaga, a fast-paced and high-energy game that’s similar to dodgeball; Splash Zone, a 6,000-square-foot area located in the facility’s Aquatics Center with three pools and a variety of open and enclosed water slides; and much more. To ensure that you team will be able to enjoy their preferred activity or attraction you can also book your group’s visit to Chelsea Piers Connecticut up to one day in advance instead. 1 Blachley Rd, Stamford, CT 06902


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Harbor Point Trolley

All aboard the Harbor Point Trolley! This free trolley runs every day in a 30-minute clockwise loop, making it a great way to spend some downtime with the team while simultaneously getting the chance to see Stamford from the comfort of your seat. The Harbor Point Trolley is also a convenient way to get around the city. It makes 14 stops along its route, including some at popular destinations like the University of Connecticut campus, Fairway Market, and the Stamford Town Center. Harbor Point Rd, Stamford, CT 06902


Beardsley Zoo

Stamford - Things to do with your Team - Travel - Hotels4TeamsIf you’ve got a team that loves animals of all kinds and enough free time to travel a little over a half hour out of Stamford, Beardsley Zoo is definitely worth visiting while you’re in Connecticut. As the only Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited facility in the state, Beardsley Zoo is second to none… literally! It’s also one of Connecticut’s top family attractions, and for good reason.

At Beardsley Zoo guests can visit over 300 animals, primarily representing North and South American species. Some of these include endangered and threatened animals like the Siberian tiger, Andean condor, ocelot, red wolf, maned wolf, giant anteater, and golden lion tamarin. While there you can also grab a bite to eat with the team at the Peacock Café or enjoy an outdoor lunch in the Picnic Grove, take a ride on one of the only carousels in the state, and browse their selection of fun souvenirs in the gift shop. Discounted admission rates are available for groups of 10 or more if a reservation is made at least three weeks in advance and payment for the entire group is made two weeks prior. 1875 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, CT 06610


Bow Tie Cinemas Majestic 6

Don’t let a rainy day in Stamford rain on your team’s parade; just head to Bow Tie Cinemas Majestic 6 theater for the ultimate cure to the rainy day blues. This theater is a cut above the rest, featuring all digital projection and sound, convenient parking in the garage behind the theater, and fantastic deals on tickets and concessions. Because it’s centrally-located in downtown Stamford, Majestic 6 is also within walking distance to plenty of restaurants where you and your team can grab a bite to eat before or after the movie. 118 Summer St, Stamford, CT 06901


Sheffield Island Lighthouse

The Sheffield Island Lighthouse has been a fixture of Norwalk, Connecticut for some time now, since 1868 actually. This beacon of light served the sailors of the area for 34 years until 1902. It was then retired and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Instead of acting as a guide for boats, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse now educates visitors on its past. The building and island have been converted into a museum and nature preserve. The best way to get to the island is to take the Seaport Ferry. Get lost in the history and go back to a simpler time with your team. 4 N Water StSeaport DockNorwalk, CT 06854


For a place called “The City That Works” there sure are a lot of fun things to do and see in Stamford. From great indoor attractions like the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk to outdoor ones set right in the heart of serene natural settings like Cove Island Park, there’s sure to never be a dull moment during your visit to Stamford.