Fairfield County Tour

From modern art and cruises to downtown destinations, and more, there’s so much to see and do in Fairfield County. To help you plan your trip, we’ve provided this handy guide showing the best places to explore throughout the area.

2 days

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Fall

  • Wilton Historical Society
  • Maritime Aquarium
  • Center for Contemporary Printmaking
  • Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum
  • Sheffield Island
  • The Glass House
  • Silvermine Guild Art Center
  • Bush-Holley House
  • Soundwaters
Wilton Historical Society, Wilton

Wilton Historical Society

Explore the Wilton Historical Society in Wilton a two 18th-century classic center chimney homes showcasing 14 period rooms from the colonial to the Victorian eras plus an art gallery and exceptional toy and train collection. Be sure to view the working blacksmith demonstrations.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Norwalk

Maritime Aquarium

Take a tour at Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, a nationally recognized aquarium that puts you nose-to-nose with sharks, within inches of seals, river otters, sea turtles, jellyfish and more than 1,000 other marine animals. Then step aboard the Aquarium’s research vessel, the Spirit of the Sound, to learn about the marine life of Long Island Sound. Have lunch in Historic SONO (South Norwalk) With a variety of breweries, Indian cuisine, seafood, Mexican restaurants and more, there is something to suit every palate in Historic SONO.

Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk

Center for Contemporary Printmaking

Visit the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk. This attraction located in a 19th-century stone carriage house that is dedicated to the art of printmaking. Take a tour that explains about the history of printmaking and current trends. On the tour, you will be shown how to collect and pull prints and then given the opportunity to use printmaking tools to create your own print.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (c.1864) - Closed until Fall 2024, Norwalk

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum

Tour Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum that predates Newport’s mansions and is regarded as one of the earliest and most signifi cant surviving Second Empire Style country houses in the United States. The Mansion illustrates the splendor of the Victorian era with its unparalleled Gilded Age interiors and furniture.

Sheffield Island Lighthouse and Harbor Tour, Norwalk

Sheffield Island

Enjoy a late afternoon cruise through Norwalk Harbor to Sheffield Island. Tour an 1868 lighthouse, take a walk on the beach, explore the McKinney Wildlife Refuge and enjoy an authentic clambake on the island. 

The Glass House, New Canaan

The Glass House

Explore the The Glass House in New Canaan, a National Trust Historic Site designed by modern architect, Philip Johnson. Take part in a walking tour of this site’s pastoral landscape, The Glass House, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, Da Monsta and the changing exhibits. 

Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan

Silvermine Guild Art Center

Visit the Silvermine Guild Art Center in New Canaan that showcases the work of more than 300 professional artists in its award-winning galleries. There is also a wide range of workshops available for all levels. Enjoy lunch at Baldanza in Wilton. This restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner offering the finest, local ingredients.

Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich

Bush-Holley House

Explore the Bush-Holley House, Greenwich located in Cos Cob that was home to one of Connecticut’s first art colonies. The museum features interpretive rooms from two distinct time periods – the New Nation (1790-1825) and the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1920). The Collection includes works by artists of the Cos Cob Art Colony and other noted American Impressionists.

SoundWaters, Stamford


End the afternoon in Stamford at SoundWaters with a cruise on an 80 ft. three-masted schooner that is styled after a 19th-century Chesapeake Bay sharpie schooner. Board with your own fare or a caterer of your choice. Beer and wine may also be served. Here's some other nearby options to consider as alternatives:

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