Downtown Milford

Discover downtown Milford while staying at our convenient hotels

When traveling to downtown Milford CT, let our Marriott hotels – the Residence Inn and SpringHill Suites – be your gateway to the sixth oldest city in Connecticut, a place affectionately named "The Small City with a Big Heart."

Centered around a beautifully landscaped Town Green – the second longest in all of New England – next to a bustling harbor, Milford is the essence of New England. Milford’s rich history dates back to 1639, when the town was established by English colonists. The downtown area is teeming with eclectic shops and restaurants along with charming historic sights and attractions. Stroll across the Hotchkiss Bridge and marvel at the gorge framed by the arch of the Founders Bridge. The Milford Historical Society featured three beautifully restored 18th century homes at its High Street Complex. Among their possessions is one of the finest collections of Native American artifacts.

Seventeen miles of Long Island Sound coastline funnel into the harbor that winds its way to meet the Wepawaug River. Throughout the downtown area, there are many ways to enjoy the waterfront setting. You could enjoy a picnic by Gulf Pond, paddle a kayak through the marshes of the Housatonic River or spend the afternoon contemplating the sailboats bobbing in the harbor. Along the way, you can stop at any number of restaurants that catch your eye.

No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always something to do. From Saturday morning farmers' markets and craft shows on the Town Green to the Pirate Festival, Lobsterbake, Oyster Festival, Lamplight Stroll, and a colorful lineup of holiday parades, there are plenty of opportunities to join Milford locals at play. Outdoor lovers can launch a boat from the Milford Lisman Landing Marina or spend the day surfcasting at Silver Sands State Park. The Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point offers spectacular views of the estuary and Long Island Sound and their inhabitants. In addition, Eisenhower Park offers horseback riding trails, walking paths, and a fitness course, as well as a fenced area for dogs to run. There are several municipal parks for tennis and basketball, with playgrounds providing swings and slides for children to enjoy. There is also a nine-hole municipal golf course and Milford Ice Pavilion, which offers skating instruction and practice hours.

By plane, train or automobile, getting to Milford is a breeze. The town’s location, just an hour north of New York City, makes it easily accessible by car or train, and even by boat – just hop aboard the ferry from Long Island to Bridgeport and take the train into downtown. Two major highways – the I-95 and the Merritt/Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) – serve Milford, as does the Boston Post Road (Route 1). Milford's downtown railroad station is a stop for MetroNorth. Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, and JFK and LaGuardia airports in New York are all less than an hour and a half away. Regional air service is available at Tweed-New Haven and Sikorsky Memorial Airports.