Nestled on the coast of Connecticut in a safe harbor, Milford calls all ages. Having 17 miles of coast and beaches it evokes memories of childhood and lazy days at the beach. Boasting incredible views from marsh to harbor and beach, a ten minute ride and wooded parks and recreation entice you. Boating, sailing, fishing, kayaking, swimming, biking and boardwalks replenish our bodies and soul. Tranquility gives way to a quaint downtown with boutique shopping that rolls into a vibrant US-1 shopping corridor. Milford has it all and we want you to enjoy it! Come, imagine a day with us.
Bordering the west coast of Milford on the Housatonic River, you enter the Village of Devon with its various shops and dining experiences. The river offers shelter for boaters with protected marinas and anchorage. Continue west to Walnut Beach and enjoy its cozy appeal and offering of quaint shops, eateries and the Firehouse Gallery from days gone by.
Stroll along the meandering boardwalk to Silver Sands State Park while enjoying sea breezes and beautiful views of Charles Island – rumored to be the burial site of Captain Kidd's treasure. Moving up the coast, The Milford Harbor separates the public beaches and horseshoes into Gulf Beach featuring a snack shop and view of Gulf Pond. Enjoy seventeen miles of shoreline where driving and biking tours are spectacular at every turn. All parks offer parking and piers with pavilions and rest rooms.
Birding at the Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center is a favorite pastime along with tours by canoe or kayak of the marshland and its wildlife inhabitants. Gulf Pond and Charles Island offer opportunities to see the piping plover, egrets, ibis and all other types of coastal inhabitants.
Power and sail boats dot Long Island Sound. Milford's safe harbor has five different marinas. Transient slips are available at Milford Landing, the municipal marina and various boating and yacht clubs. Commercial fishing and charters are available for hire.
Kayaks and canoes can be launched from city marinas and other public areas.
Various inland parks are also available to enjoy. The largest, Eisenhower Park offers nature trails, a boundless playground, tennis courts, softball recreational fields, horseback riding trails and a dog park.
History abounds in this New England village settled in 1639. In viewing the historical homes on Wharf Lane and the Memorial Bridge over the Wepawaug River, one imagines how it living might had been hundreds of years ago. Other historical offerings include Simon Lake's fist submarine at Milford Landing, pre-Revolutionary War churches, the Taylor Library Building, historical cemeteries and Liberty Rock in the Village of Devon where colonists watched for the British land to invade Milford. Mystery abounds at Charles Island where it is said Captain Kidd the Pirate buried treasure when he sailed Long Island Sound and landed on many of the Connecticut coast's islands in the late 1600's.
Time for a change of pace. Let's shop, dine and have nighttime fun!
You can entertain your style and taste at the Westfield Connecticut Post shopping mall, conveniently located off I-95, exit 39B, and Route 1 (Boston Post Road) in Milford. Featuring a variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options, including a 14 screen theater and IMAX, enjoy one of New Haven County's best destinations for exciting family outings.
Located on the harbor, with easy access to Metro North railroad, Downtown is loaded with wonderful, unique shops which specialize in personal service, great restaurants, night life and a full-service marina with transient slips that easily accommodate day trippers or overnight boaters. One trip to our quaint New England town and we think you too will agree that Milford is what it claims to be, "The Small City with a Big Heart.'
Stroll along the duck pond, cast your pole in the Wepawaug River or picnic by the harbor and watch the sailboats glide by. You will feel relaxed, renewed and ready to explore all that Downtown offers. Boasting shopping experiences of all types, boutique shops, jewelry, collectibles, crafts, antiques, lingerie, clothing, books, papery and stationary, wine and fine liquor, gourmet foods and cheeses, chocolate, shoes, salons, photography, consignment, vintage, design and decorating, and eclectic collections of all types!
Take your repose in one of our wonderful eateries that tempt your palate with sensory offerings. Dining experiences include eclectic continental cuisine, American-Caribbean fusion, Spanish tapas, French bistro, fish & chips, burgers, American fare, seafood, Italian, and a microbrewery. Enjoy soup & sandwiches, salads, deli's bakery and breakfast shops.
Music and entertainment venue choices are here ready to rock. Night time is a blast with bars, restaurants, and pubs offering evening entertainment. An all ways happening downtown offers glamour and fun in a relaxed setting of friendly establishments all within a close walking to multiple parking areas.
Boasting more than 500 stores and specialty shops and multiple galleries for art display Milford offers diversity in shopping experiences. Visit the Milford Fine Arts Firehouse Gallery in Walnut Beach, where local artists display their tributes to our culture including photographs, watercolors, and oils.
Attend one of many fairs on our Green downtown (the second largest in New England) where jewelry, crafts, sculptures and multiple mediums abound. Or, spend an evening at the Milford Center for the Arts enjoying community theater and life coffee house music. On Friday evenings in the summer enjoy free live concerts at the Milford Harbor sponsored by the Milford Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Not a weekend goes by in Milford without some type of festival and event taking place. Festivals are Milford's middle name with monthly juried arts and crafts shows and various not for profit programs including a Lobster Bake, Sand Castle Competition, Oktoberfest, Fire Muster, Duck Race, Antique Car Show, Devon Day, Woodmont Day, and Walnut Beach Day. The 25+ year old Milford Oyster Festival held on the third Friday and Saturday downtown in August gathers over 50,000 persons on the Green, Fowler Field and harbor all looking for good food and fun, and they get it! Visit our "Major Festivals, Food & Fun" page to see a full listing of major festivals.
But summer is not all we do. You can find an evening's entertainment at the Milford Fine Arts Council Coffee House all year long!
Accommodations in Milford for a visit or long term stay are varied and reasonable. Boasting over 1200 rooms, the City of Milford can offer stays suiting every pocketbook and style. From bed and breakfasts to chain hotels and long term stay facilities, let us host you! Sleep tight because tomorrow offers more fun and adventure of your choice!
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Whether you are a business or family looking to vacation, re-locate, or shop, Milford offers unlimited opportunities of all types. So, come visit us and you will understand why we are known as “the small city with a big heart.”