Two Days of Adventure in Downtown Bridgeport

Discover Bridgeport's hidden gems on a budget-friendly adventure.

21 June 2023

Bridgeport is the largest city in Connecticut and offers plenty to see and do for those on a budget. Take a stroll through Seaside Park, visit the Barnum Museum, and check out the oldest zoo in the state at Beardsley Zoo. There are also affordable dining options like Tony's Huntington Inn and Two Boots Pizza.

Travel plan

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Day 1

Exploring Downtown Bridgeport

  • Check-in at the affordable Hi-Ho Hotel, known for its retro-chic decor and vibrant lobby.
  • Start the day with a blissful cup of joe at Source Coffeehouse, their espresso is to die for!
  • Visit the Barnum Museum, with quirky exhibits on phony mermaids and clowns. Don't forget to take a selfie with the giant fiberglass elephant outside!
  • Walk around downtown and admire the stunning murals gracing the streetscape. Robert Banks' giant portrait of P.T. Barnum is a must-see.
  • Refuel at the Downtown Bridgeport Farmer's Market, with colorful stalls selling fresh produce and delicious homemade pastries.
  • End the day with a toast to historic downtown at the Barnum Publick House, with local craft beers and mouth-watering burgers.
Day 2

Natural Wonders and Art Galleries

  • Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Harborview Market, known for its breakfast sandwiches and always-fresh bread.
  • Head to Seaside Park, with sweeping views of Long Island Sound and a boardwalk to stroll along. Don't forget to catch a glimpse of the historic Carousel.
  • Visit the Housatonic Museum of Art, with a diverse collection of modern and contemporary art as well as crafts.
  • Drive to the nearby Beardsley Zoo, stroll around and observe the wildlife. Learn about endangered species and pick up some fun facts.
  • End the day with dinner at Ralph n Rich's, a Bridgeport institution with an extensive menu of Italian-American classics. If you are feeling adventurous, give their pizza rustica a try!

How to get there

Plane

The best way to get to Bridgeport by plane is to fly into Bradley International Airport, located approximately 50 miles north of Bridgeport, and then drive or take public transportation to Bridgeport.

Car

The best way to get to Bridgeport by car is to drive on Interstate 95 and take the exit for Bridgeport, following the signs to your destination.

Train

One option to get to Bridgeport by train is to take the Metro-North Railroad New Haven Line from Grand Central Terminal in New York City to the Bridgeport Station.

Boat

While there are no direct boat routes to Bridgeport, it is possible to take a ferry from Port Jefferson, Long Island to Bridgeport and then travel by car or public transportation to your final destination.

Bus

Taking a bus to Bridgeport can be done by taking a Greyhound bus from various locations to the Bridgeport Bus Terminal, located in downtown Bridgeport.

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