Norwalk Maritime Aquarium

Inspired to protect the Sound of Long Island and other marine habitats, The Maritime Aquarium allows visitors to get up close and personal with sharks, seals, otters, jellies, sea turtles and other amazing animals. Featuring three hands-on touch tanks, year-round cruises into the Sound to experience animals in their own habitat, Connecticut’s largest IMAX Theater and more, this is an attraction everyone. Both educational and fun, the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium is a great choice for families of all ages.

Stamford Center for the Arts

Comprised of two facilities, the Palace Theatre and the Rich Forum, make up the Stamford Center for Arts and are located in the heart of downtown Stamford.

The Palace Theatre strives to enrich the community with music, dance, and comedy all the while fostering and promoting diversity of thought, ideas and culture, providing stewardship for the Stamford Arts community, emphasizing outreach in our community, and offering creativity in all endeavors. The Palace Theatre is also home to the Ballet School of Stamford, Connecticut Ballet, Lumina String Quartetʼs Chamber Music Institute, Namaskaar Foundation, Stamford Symphony, and the Stamford Young Artists Philharmonic.

Are you a fan of Jerry Springer or Maury? The Rich Forum is currently leased by NBC Universal as a television production studio. Live tapings of Maury, Jerry Springer Show, and The Steve Wilkos Show are filmed here and tickets are available to attend the taping of these shows.

Beardsley Zoological Garden

Connecticut’s top family attraction, Beardsley Zoo is home to more than 300 animals and an indoor rainforest.  With 300+ animals at the zoo, come learn more about threatened or endangered species like Siberian tigers, condors, giant anteaters and golden lion tamarins.  Have fun while you learn with scavenger hunts and fact sheets.

Chelsea Piers – Connecticut

From rock climbing to water polo, ice hockey and football, Chelsea Piers CT offers the most comprehensive sports programs in Fairfield County. Athletes of all ages and abilities can enjoy the 465,000 square feet of state-of-the-art facility. Children as young as 6 months can enjoy the Little Athletes Zone and Splash. This unparalleled sports facility offers a vast array of sports classes, camps, leagues and programs.

University of Connecticut – Stamford Campus

UConn’s campus in downtown Stamford offers four-year undergraduate degrees in ten majors, including Business and Technology, Digital Media Design, Economics and more. Being in downtown Stamford provides access to internships, field placements and jobs with Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations, as well as performing arts centers, restaurants, and shops. The Welcome Center located on the 1st floor of the campus building at the corner of West Broad Street & Washington Boulevard is the first point of contact for most visitors and members of the campus community.  The Welcome Center is open every Monday through Friday.

Stamford Town Center

Located in the heart of downtown Stamford, Stamford Town Center offers a mix variety of retailers and services.  With over 120 retailers in one place, you will find stores like Armani Exchange, Coach, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Macy’s, Michael Kors, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Sephora, Sidney Thomas Jewelers, Williams-Sonoma, and XXI Forever.  Enjoy fine dining at the Plaza at one of the assortment of restaurants, including The Capital Grille, Kona Grill, Plan B Burger Bar, California Pizza Kitchen, and Cosi.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center is an art, history, nature, and agricultural sciences museum. Enjoy seasonal fun on our 118 acres of museum property. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, walk over 80 acres of nature trails, drop into the 10-acre Heckscher Farm and say hello to the animals, and bring the whole group to the amazing exhibition in the Tudor-style Stamford Museum Galleries.

Ukranian Museum & Library

The oldest Ukrainian cultural institution in North America, the museum is dedicated to the collection, documentation, preservation and exhibition of artifacts and publications dealing with Ukrainian culture and heritage. By making its resources available for study and research, it is instrumental in the dissemination and advancement of knowledge about Ukraine and the Ukrainian ethnic community in the United States.

Cove Island Park

Cove Island Park is an 83-acre park and beach located on Long Island Sound.  Best known to Stamford residents for rollerblading, biking, walking and barbecuing. There are two sandy beaches and a state-of-the art nature center with displays on Long Island Sound can also be found at the Park. Cove Island Park offers an excellent viewpoint for those looking for a place view the Sound while strolling the park.

Fort Stamford Park

Listed as a National Register of Historic Places, Fort Stamford Park is located on 900 Westover Road in Stamford. It is the site of the archaeological remnants of a military earthworks erected during the American Revolutionary War.

Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery

The Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery is recognized as one of the nation’s most innovative contemporary art galleries. With over 5,000 sq. feet of space, the gallery produces upwards of ten shows each year, from a stable of international, career artists. The gallery is committed to building careers of emerging and established contemporary artists and building a community.

Restaurants near Stamford Marriott

If you’re planning to be out and about, there are over 50 restaurants and bars within a short 5-15 minute walk from the hotel, and also some great dining choices a little further downtown.  So, whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll find it close to the Stamford Marriott.  Our complimentary shuttle can also take you to some of these nearby restaurants.

The Capital Grille – Steakhouse

Kona Grill – American

Capriccio Café – Italian

Columbus Park Trattoria – Italian

Tigrin Irish Pub – Pub food

Rye Ridge Deli – NY Style Deli

Navaratna – Vegetarian

Bull’s Head Diner – 24 hour dining

Cheesecake Factory – American