The 25 Best Things to Do in Greenwich, CT and Nearby

Autumn at Greenwich Point Park, a walk there is one of the best things to do in Greenwich, CTWhile only a short train ride away from New York City, Greenwich is a destination in its own right. Located on the coast of Long Island Sound, Greenwich, Connecticut offers a wide array of fun activities, attractions, and events for visitors. There are plenty of things to do in Greenwich, CT. Most downtown attractions and activities are just a short walk from the Stanton House Inn, a Greenwich, CT, bed and breakfast inn. It’s also fun to explore the other neighborhoods in Greenwich: Cos Cob, Old Greenwich, North Greenwich, Glenville, Mianus, and Belle Haven.

To get all the details to plan things to do in Greenwich, Connecticut this weekend, download our Greenwich, Connecticut, Vacation Guide. It includes tips on planning a great vacation here as well as Stamford, Norwalk, and nearby. 

This beautiful town and other nearby towns, such as Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, and Westport, are all a perfect location to plan a quick getaway. They’re also perfect for a longer stay to explore the more hidden gems of the area.

What’s the Best Place to Stay in Greenwich, CT?

staying in a romantic suite with a hot tub is one of the most romantic things to do in Greenwich, ConnecticutThat’s easy!

The Stanton House Inn is a bed and breakfast close to downtown Greenwich. We offer all sorts of luxury Greenwich accommodations, from romantic honeymoon suites (some suites have hot tubs in the room) to spacious ground-level rooms.

Our bed and breakfast inn is close to the Greenwich Hospital, the Greenwich Train Station, and all the sites of downtown Greenwich. The Inn’s common areas are an opportunity to explore the inside of a beautiful historic Greenwich mansion. And the outdoor swimming pool, patio, and gardens surrounding our bed and breakfast are an attraction in their own right in the warm months.

Be sure to explore our list of all the most romantic things to do in Greenwich, Connecticut, and nearby to our romantic bed and breakfast near New York City.

Be sure to explore our specials and packages to plan romantic weekend getaways in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Top 10 Things to Do in Greenwich, Connecticut This Weekend

Some of our favorite things to do in Greenwich include:

1. The Bruce Museum

Located in downtown Greenwich near the Greenwich harbor, the Bruce Museum offers both science and art exhibits. Its wide array of holdings include items related to anthropology, natural history, decorative art, and fine art. A visit to the Bruce Museum is wonderful throughout the year with its rotating exhibits, as well as festivals and education programs. The Bruce Museum also hosts 2 great events, one in the fall (the Outdoor Fall Arts Festival), the other in the spring (the Spring Outdoor Crafts Festival).

2. The Bush-Holley House

The site of the first art colony in Connecticut and former center of American Impressionist art, the Bush-Holley house is now the home of the Greenwich Historical Society. This building offers tours of the house with two exhibits: one on the era of the New Nation (1790-1825) and another about the Cos Cob Art Colony (1890-1925). The historic buildings and gardens on the site are well-worth a visit!

Todd's point in Old Greenwich, CT, one of the best things to do in Greenwich, CT3. Greenwich Point Park

Formerly a water-front estate named Innis Arden of wealthy New Yorker J. Kennedy Tod, Greenwich Point Park is now the most visited of the various and all generally fantastic beaches near Greenwich, CT, with miles of walking trails. A long sand beach make it by far the best of all the Greenwich beaches, with plenty of opportunities for boating and water activities, and even gorgeous views of the New York City skyline!

4. Norwalk Aquarium

Situated in trendy South Norwalk, or SoNo, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is solely devoted to the marine life of Long Island Sound. Some major draws to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk are the harbor seals, river otters, sharks, jellyfish, and loggerhead sea turtles among the hundreds of animals on display in re-created habitats, as well as six-story tall screen in the IMAX theater. There’s no question that visiting the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk is one of the most fun things to do in CT with kids.

5. The Philip Johnson Glass House

Constructed in 1949, the Philip Johnson Glass House is an estate in New Canaan designed by Philip Johnson as his personal residence. It is a demonstration of geometry, proportion, minimal structure, and the effects of transparency and reflection and is an example of early use of industrial materials such as glass and steel in home design. The house, buildings, and property are open to the public for guided tours. This gorgeous facility is on many an architect aficionado’s bucket list. It’s certainly one of the most famous things to do in Connecticut.

6. LEO Zoological Conservation Center

LEO Zoological Conservation Center is a nonprofit, off exhibit, accredited breeding reserve that focuses on conserving rare and endangered animals and species at risk. Private tours of the center are available and provide an unforgettable experience. Your tour will be guided by an expert and you’ll be able to connect with the animals up close in a way you can’t at a zoo. This is one of the newest Greenwich attractions, and not one to be missed!

7. The Greenwich Audubon Center

The Greenwich Audubon Center opened in 1942 as the National Audubon Society’s first environmental education center. The center is made up of 285 acres of land and is home to a large number of native plant and animal species. There are miles of trails to explore as well as conservation events and nature education programs. When you visit Greenwich Audubon Center, you’ll always find something exciting to do!

Putnam Cottage, one of the best things to do in Greenwich, CT8. Putnam Cottage

Known as Knapp Tavern during the American Revolution, this is supposedly where Revolutionary War General Israel Putnam started his ride to escape the British. He rode his horse straight over a cliff and earned his position on the town seal for Greenwich in one fell-swoop, as the British refused to be so daring. Putnam Cottage is situated in the Putnam Hill Historic District of town, right on the Post Road, and offers tours.

9. Enjoy Some Fantastic Greenwich, CT, Shopping and Restaurants

There are more than enough stores to keep even the biggest shopper busy on “the Ave”, as locals call it. For more than a few people, one their favorite things to do in Greenwich is shopping. While there are plenty of very high-end opportunities for shopping in Greenwich, there are also still some local Greenwich Avenue stores as well. There’s no question that Greenwich Avenue is one of the best Greenwich CT tourist attractions in and of itself. And once you’ve exhausted yourself from shopping for the day, enjoying dinner at one of the various Greenwich, CT restaurants is one of the most romantic things to do in Connecticut!

10. Take a Drive Around Belle Haven

When most people think of our town, they think of impressive Greenwich mansions on expansive lots surrounded by greenery. And touring the exclusive community of Belle Haven does not disappoint in this regard. Located on the water, a quick bike, walk, or drive through Belle Haven is an easy way to get the idealized Greenwich experience. Besides beautiful homes, Belle Haven’s known for its beautiful water views. It’s also the location of the Thomas Henkelmann restaurant, a pricey though well-regarded establishment. A quick drive around Belle Haven is one of the greatest things to do in Greenwich CT for visitors strapped for time.

Are you visiting Greenwich CT this weekend and looking for what to do? Read all about the events and activities in Greenwich, CT this weekend to start planning today!

One of the beautiful Greenwich beaches, one of the best things to do in Old Greenwich, CT11. Great Captain’s Island

This island, the largest of the chain of three islands off the coast of Greenwich, has been preserved in its natural state and is an ideal opportunity to see the diverse bird species in our area, as well as the beautiful lighthouse on the island. The town offers ferry service to Great Captain’s Island in the summer months.

12. Mianus River Gorge

Just over the border from Greenwich in Bedford, New York, the Mianus River Gorge contains one of the last stands of old-growth forest in the New York City area. This park is beautifully maintained and not too strenuous of a hike.

13. Babcock Preserve

For an afternoon hike, the Babcock Preserve in Greenwich, CT, offers 300 sprawling acres of woodlands, an extensive network of trails, and a wide variety of plants and animals. This preserve is the largest town park in the area and is an ideal destination for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. The next time you’re in New England, grab your hiking boots, pick up a Babcock Preserve trail map, and get ready for a day of adventure in the heart of Greenwich!

14. The Greenwich Film Festival

With screenings of over 30 international films, exciting parties, informative panels, and exclusive movie premieres, the Greenwich Film Festival provides filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work and also strives to highlight an important philanthropic cause.

15. Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens

A walk in Bruce Park in downtown Greenwich, CT, in autumn is one of the best things to do in Greenwich, CT

The Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, Connecticut, is an outdoor botanic park that shows New England residents and visitors what it means to appreciate nature and the beautiful world around us. This 93-acre sanctuary strives to preserve the area’s natural ecosystems and habitats and has maintained a diverse collection of trees, gardens, and plants that reflect the ecology and character of the region.

16. The Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT

One of Connecticut’s top attractions, the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT, is the only zoo in the entire state and is the perfect place to bring the whole family. Situated on 52 beautiful acres in Beardsley Park, visitors can spend an afternoon at the zoo and learn about the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species, admire over 300 animals from North and South America, and even take a ride on the carousel.

17. Fairfield County Events to Experience

With a multitude of Fairfield County events taking place throughout the year, it can be difficult to choose which ones to attend – that’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorites!

18. Mianus River Park

Named after the 20-mile river that flows beside it, Mianus River Park is situated between Stamford and Greenwich, Connecticut, and features over 400 acres of forests, wetlands, rock formations, and gardens that are just waiting to be explored. This historic State Park is a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts and attracts everyone from joggers and hikers to mountain bikers and fishermen. It’s one of the best parks in Greenwich, or Stamford for that matter.

19. Stamford Museum and Nature Center

The Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford, Connecticut, is a fascinating art, history, nature, and agricultural sciences museum. Originally a private estate, this 118-acre property is home to a working farm, museum and gallery, interactive nature center, planetarium, observatory, otter pond, playground, and tons of outdoor trails. In addition to the facilities, the museum offers seasonal exhibits and weekend festivals that showcase the natural history of New England and are fun for the entire family!

Second Congregational Church, one of the best things to do in downtown Greenwich, CT20.  Sheffield Island Lighthouse

Travel back in time to the historic Sheffield Island Lighthouse, a gorgeous haven resting off Connecticut’s coast that can only be reached by ferry. Open May through September, the lighthouse sits on a nature preserve and features a variety of events and activities for guests to enjoy.

21. Greenwich Art Galleries

Each year in May, visitors flock to Greenwich, Connecticut, to view the works of over 120 artists at the annual Art-to-the-Avenue festival. During this unique event, Greenwich Avenue turns into a strolling gallery complete with musicians, street performers, and beautiful works of art for sale. The many Greenwich art galleries that line the streets of downtown Greenwich are just waiting to be explored!

22. Curtain Call

Ask anyone who’s been to Curtain Call in Stamford, CT, and they’ll tell you that this community theater puts many a New York City stage to shame. The world class shows at Curtain Call are a fun and affordable way to experience Stamford and often top the list of best things to do in the area. This non-profit hidden gem boasts two stages, year-round productions, and a rich lineup of fantastic local talent.

10 More Excellent Ideas of Things to Do in Greenwich

Christ Church Greenwich, one of the best things to do in Greenwich, CTStill not convinced that Greenwich, Connecticut should be on your short list for a vacation destination? We’re happy to offer a few articles from our blog that other readers have found useful:

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Farther Afield from Greenwich, Connecticut

Wondering what to do in Connecticut, New England, or even farther afield? There are so many opportunities as far as Connecticut attractions and sightseeing, including Lake Compounce.

For many more fun things to do in Greenwich, CT, including attractions, activities, events, restaurants, and more, be sure to download our Vacation Guide!