Stay & Play in Milford

Dining

Experiencing elegant five course adventures in gourmet dining to a fresh caught seafood picnic lunch at the harbor. Milford delivers dining options that suit your style.

Offering incredible options, hundreds of restaurants, delis, pizza houses and take-outs serve up just about anything you want.

Our growing local dining scene is diverse and exciting with over 100 eateries within a 5 mile radius. Come, unwind and enjoy all that Milford offers for your dining delight!

From the city that invented the hot lobster roll, Milford continues to innovate and offer a cross-cultural choice of groundbreaking menus and traditional New England favorites... [ more ]


Shopping

As a retail mecca in the New Haven and Bridgeport region, consumers travel hundreds of miles to purchase everything from personal shopping needs, clothing, and gifts to automobiles.

Our shopping options are impressive by any standards in any small city. Boasting a major mall there are also many other strip malls with a variety of retail stores, restaurants and office space.

For a more intimate shopping experience downtown Milford or Devon that can offer you the best in unique shops and New England charm... [ more ]


Arts & Culture

The natural, iconic and historic beauty of Milford (including 17 miles of shoreline) attracts artists to live here and inspires many residents to discover the artist within.

The arts are alive and essential to the vibe of this community. Many neighborhoods host traditional/yearly events with music, parades and arts & crafts; however, there are two neighborhoods that support and present arts programming year-round to hundreds and thousands of people.

Downtown Milford welcomes residents and visitors by train, car, foot and boat all within a two-block radius – nowhere like it in New England... [ more ]


History & Preservation

Settled in 1639, Milford is brimming with character from nearly 400 years of history.

Imagine how life might have been centuries ago in well preserved neighborhoods harked to the past. A strong Colonial heritage with historical landmarks like Simon Lake's first submarine, the Taylor Building, Liberty Rock and the Memorial Bridge over the Wepawaug River offer a glimpse into yesteryear.

And, let's not forget the mystery surrounding Charles Island where it is said that Captain Kidd burying treasured when he sailed Long Island Sound landing on many of the Connecticut coast's island in the late 1600's... [ more ]


Festivals & Events

Not a weekend goes by in Milford without some festival or event taking place, from the largest single day event in the state drawing over 50,000, to gatherings on the green, concerts, and outdoor summer movie nights for kids.

With monthly juried arts and crafts shows and widely anticipated events like the Lobster Bake, Sand Castle Competition, Oktoberfest, Duck Race, Woodmont Day and Walnut Beach Festival, there's always something going on in the city.

With all the festivals and events happening in Milford, you're always guaranteed good times. Below are some major festivals listed by month... [ more ]


Beaches

Milford's 17-mile frontage on Long Island Sound -- the longest stretch of coastline in the state—is edged with 13 beaches interrupted only by a few marinas and a yacht club. Boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, biking and boardwalks replenish our bodies and soul.

Milford, the "Small City with a Big Heart," and the westernmost outpost of New Haven County is one of Connecticut's oldest communities.

Founded in 1639 through a purchase of land from the Paugussett Indians, the city has managed to retain a stretch of residential waterfront laced with about 1,000 houses... [ more ]


Brewery Trail

If it seems like a new brewery opens in Connecticut every week, that's not far off — the state's beer scene continues to grow at a rapid clip, with nearly 80 operational breweries and dozens more in planning and development.

Brewery production in Connecticut has surged by over 600 percent over the last six years, while the number of breweries in the state has more than tripled since 2014. The state's massive production growth in recent years ranks among the top 10 nationally, morphing Connecticut's brewery sector into a $745.7 million industry in 2017.

Tap into the world of craft beer by touring the Milford Point Brewery, Tribus or Dockside and enjoy local brews, tasting room amenities, food trucks, special events and more... [ more ]


Boating & Marinas

With over 17 miles of coastline, it is not surprising that water activities are very popular. Boating is one of Milford's favorite past times. There are a number of ways to enjoy Long Island Sound and the Housatonic River. There are two public Boat Launches. The city ramp is located at Fowler Field, in downtown Milford and there is a state ramp on the Housatonic River located off of Naugatuck Avenue in Devon under the I-95 overpass. Milford Landing Marina at the Head of the Harbor is a municipal marina that offers visiting boaters several amenities, such as concierge service, launch ramp, tennis and basketball courts, pump out service, ice and water, electricity, laundering and showering facilities and a barbecue area... [ more ]


Weddings

With seventeen miles of scenic coastline surrounding a charming and traditional New England downtown, Milford offers vast beauty and a myriad of backdrops. Especially ideal for a wedding, the city sets the stage for a chic tented affair to an upscale country retreat—and of course there are the Insta-worthy photos of a veil blowing on the beach.

From the gorgeous colors in the fall, to the magic of snow in the winter, and in the warmer months the beauty of being outdoors along the coastline, you can really create any type of wedding in Milford depending upon the season."

Our member businesses look forward to helping you create your ultimate wedding experience, from a traditional wedding venue to unique, small and intimate setting... [ more ]


Connecticut Audubon at Coastal Point

Connecticut Audubon Society's Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.

The Coastal Center promotes the awareness of Long Island Sound's ecosystem, the birds and habitats it supports, and its preservation needs; and provides access to Long Island Sound and its many habitats: tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes.

The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher's paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities.. [ more ]


Parks & Walks

Milford has ample recreational opportunities available to residents. The city offers 24 ball fields, several indoor recreational facilities and community centers, 8 parks and 24 playgrounds.

Connecticut Audubon Society's Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.

If you are looking to take in some sights while getting some exercise, you should consider either taking a historical walking tour of Milford or enjoying one of Milford's Favorite Walks... [ more ]


Golf Courses

Whether you are a beginning golfer or touring professional, the city's golf courses offer fair yet challenging golfing experiences.

From a wooded parkland-style front 9 to a challenging, modern, links-designed back 9 where water comes into play, Milford's courses are consistently ranked as some of the very best in the country.

With picturesque views, perfectly manicured fairways and greens, and signature holes from the 1st through the 18th, Milford courses are a must-play for any golf enthusiat... [ more ]


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