Top 10 Things to do in Southport, United States

December 24, 2017 Janette Largent

Southport is a former borough in the town of Fairfield, Connecticut, and also a census-designated place. It is located along Long Island Sound between Mill River and Sasco Brook, where it borders Westport. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 1,585. Settled in 1639, Southport center has been designated a local historic district since 1967, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971 as the Southport Historic District.
Restaurants in Southport

1. Sheffield Island Lighthouse

4 N Water St, Seaport Dock, Norwalk, CT 06854-2228 +1 203-838-9444
Excellent
73%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 249 reviews

Sheffield Island Lighthouse

The Norwalk Seaport Association has owned, restored and maintained Sheffield Island Lighthouse since 1986 and is the official U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Friends group for the Norwalk Islands.Sheffield Island with its historic 145-year-old lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge offers abundant summer fun for visitors. From May through September, visitors can board the Seaport Association's 45-foot C.J. Toth catamaran for a cruise to the island then tour the lighthouse, observe wildlife in their natural habitat in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, hunt for shells along the beach, dine on a picnic lunch, play on the lawns around the lighthouse and just have a good time. The lighthouse tower provides magnificent views of Long Island Sound and, on a clear day, of the New York City skyline. Join us for one of the most exciting tours that the Norwalk Harbor Islands area has to offer! During this unforgettable adventure tour of Sheffield Island and Lighthouse, you'll step directly from the boat into the past.

Reviewed By josephcG8864QA - Versailles, Missouri

We didn't realize you needed advance tickets but fortunately two seats opened up and my wife and I were able too go. Dan, the tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the area and was a terrific guide to the lighthouse itself. All three, Dan, the first mate, Andy, and the captain were all very professional.

2. Westport Country Playhouse

25 Powers Ct, Westport, CT 06880-3621 +1 203-227-4177
Excellent
70%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 130 reviews

Westport Country Playhouse

Reimagining itself in recent years, Westport Country Playhouse is rapidly emerging as a nationally recognized professional theater. Under the artistic direction of Mark Lamos and management direction of Michael Ross, the Playhouse creates five live theater experiences, produced at the highest level, from April through November. Its vital mix of works---dramatic, comedic, occasionally exploratory and unusual---expands the audience’s sense of what theater can be. The depth and scope of its productions display the foremost theatrical literature from the past---recent as well as distant---in addition to musicals and premieres of new plays. During the summer, the Playhouse is home to the Woodward Internship Program, renowned for the training of aspiring theater professionals. Winter at the Playhouse, from November through March, offers events outside of the main season---Family Festivities presentations, Script in Hand play readings and a Holiday Festival. In addition, businesses and organizations are encouraged to rent the handsome facility for their meetings, receptions and fundraisers

Reviewed By Joe1234665 - Weston, Connecticut

The playhouse did a season ending musical, Camelot and did it very well.

It is a challenge to get a full production musical on the small stage and with a cast large enough to look convincing. Westport county Playhouse pulled it off.

Slick scenery, a small but capable staff and you have a good evening of enjoyment.

I hope they do more musicals

3. The Maritime Aquarium

10 N Water St, Sono District, Norwalk, CT 06854-2228 +1 203-852-0700
Excellent
58%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 893 reviews

The Maritime Aquarium

Awarded the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by Trip Advisor. The Maritime Aquarium inspires people of all ages to appreciate Long Island Sound and protect it for future generations.

Reviewed By avstrait - Stamford, Connecticut

We are Patrons of the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium BUT we are very unhappy that the fact that Long Island Sound is dying or dead depending on where you go in Fairfield County. As a child l could walk along any beach in Greenwich, Stamford, or Darien and find all kinds of sea life: minnows, crabs, snails, Starfish, hermit crabs, clams, mussels, etc. etc. Today if you walk along those same beaches you find NOTHING!! Thirty or more years ago you could fill a bushel basket with fish you caught to take home within an hour (flounders, sea bass, blowfish, blackfish, weakfish, etc.) Today you would be lucky to catch anything and the only fish that come into the sound are migrating fish who only come for a short time, like stripers, menhadden/bunker, or bluefish. The Maritime management should be educating the Public that SO;METHING SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT THIS AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE IGNORING THIS! The displays throughtout the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium at present would give you the idea that all is well with Long Island Sound.

4. Fairfield Museum and History Center

370 Beach Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824-6639 +1 203-259-1598
Excellent
65%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 47 reviews

Fairfield Museum and History Center

Reviewed By Charlotte M

In a beautiful location. I saw a photo exhibition and an illustrators exhibition(the guy who did poppers penguins), both in a small room each. The main exhibition was a history of settlers and local native Americans but skimmed over any areas of contention and didn't mention any history probably deemed uncomfortable. Also didn't have a single staff member talk to me and I was the only person in the whole place. Could do with a friendlier more personal vibe for a small local historical centre.

5. Compo Beach

60 Compo Beach Rd, Westport, CT 06880-6853 (203) 341-5090
Excellent
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Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Compo Beach

Reviewed By Hans_Sachs - Southport, Connecticut

Lobsterfest is an event organized by the Westport Rotary Club, once a year. It's held on Compo Beach. This year's event was today, on September 16.
It's a family-friendly, traditional New England clambake, based around a very generous lobster dinner (two decent-sized lobsters per person, plus all the trimmings). Wine and beer is included in the price, and there is a raw bar where you can buy fresh oysters and shrimps.
They have live music. While we were there this year(this afternoon), the band played Grateful Dead numbers, which was fine.
The Weather Gods co-operated this year, but the tables are sheltered under tents, so don't be deterred if the weather turns nasty. We were here a few years ago, when it was cold and rainy, but it didn't make a lot of difference.
Oh yes, and Compo Beach is normally out of bounds for non-residents at this time of year, but that doesn't apply to people who attend Lobsterfest.
You've missed this year, but try next year, if you get a chance.
Recommended.

6. Sound Sailing Charters

Southport Harbor, Southport, CT 06890
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5 based on 3 reviews

Sound Sailing Charters

Sound Sailing Charters, based in Southport Connecticut, offers three hour sailing charters on the waters of Long Island Sound aboard a beautiful 42 foot Hinckley yacht. Hinckley yachts are featured in Ferenc Mate's definitive book, The World's Best Sailboats. All charters include a licensed captain for your comfort and safety. Maximum 6 passengers. No sailing experience necessary. Kids welcome. About 1 hour from NYC by Metro North or car.

Reviewed By JWShanahan - Long Island, New York

Capt. Jack is THE BEST! We had an awesome ride during the day. Beautiful weather, beautiful boat, beautiful time.

7. Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Club

500 Main St, Ballpark at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, CT 06604-5136 +1 203-345-4800
Excellent
41%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 109 reviews

Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Club

Reviewed By KRUIZ8204 - Bridgeport, Connecticut

I've watched a few Bluefish games. It's a nice place to spend an evening -- kids and adults alike seem to like it there. There's a few vendors from ice cream to craft beers and food. The prices are reasonable for a ballpark. It's so nice to see the trains go back in the background and watch the sun set.

8. Fairfield Cheese Company

2090 Post Rd, Fairfield, CT 06824-5674 +1 203-292-8194
Excellent
82%
Good
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5 based on 38 reviews

Fairfield Cheese Company

Reviewed By Chris C - Fairfield, Connecticut

It is so nice to have a wonderful cheese shop in the area with knowledgeable owners and staff. I hope to be able to make it to more of the tastings this fall.

9. Sherwood Island State Park

Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880 +1 203-226-6983
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 140 reviews

Sherwood Island State Park

Reviewed By CGin23 - New Jersey

We drove to Sherwood Island State Park for Chowdafest. It is a pretty scenic drive through the Hudson River Valley from NJ. When we arrived at the park we had the view of a beautiful, long, sandy beach. The beach was clean and there were large clean bathrooms and a path to walk along the beach as well. We will be back to visit in the summer.

10. Seaside Park

1 Barnum Dyke, Bridgeport, CT 06604-5211 +1 203-367-7917
Excellent
54%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 102 reviews

Seaside Park

Reviewed By Butmomwhy - Saint Louis, Missouri

Seaside Park is a beautiful place along Long Island Sound. Parking "inside" the park is crazy expensive for non-residents ($50!) but there was street parking that was free. Beautiful place to walk- in the park and on the beach, and to swim and picnic.

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