Parks are a city’s lungs, places to take deep breaths, and in Stamford we’re blessed with stunning green escapes from the asphalt and the buildings that surround them.
If you’re in the mood to see the shoreline, go to Cove Island Park and enjoy scenic walkway views of Long Island Sound, or sit and watch the birds and the people go by. Even more centrally located is Scalzi Park. Featuring an array of facilities—baseball and softball fields, tennis and bocce courts, and a skate park—most Stamford residents know this vast area is perfect for a walk. Just down the road is Mill River Park, a vast green space with a playground that will soon have a carousel, an ice rink, a pavilion and a fountain.
Farther afield lies the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, with trail access to the Bartlett Arboretum. The arboretum and its environs offer a horticultural paradise, replete with verdant trails and footpaths (a greenhouse and a chirpily beautiful bird sanctuary are nearby too). The Stamford Museum & Nature Center, a family place, has almost everything you could want for idling a Saturday away on foot, especially meadows and ponds. On the border with Greenwich is Mianus River Park, where the city expands even more. Particularly good for mountain biking, the terrain here is the place to go to (literally) hit the trail.
So maybe run, don’t walk, to Stamford’s green spaces, and take a breather.