8 Ways to Relax in Fairfield County

It may be a cliché, but the saying “all work and no play” rings true for many of us. However, the residents of Fairfield County are experts in finding the balance between work and play, as this affluent county in the southwestern corner of Connecticut is teeming with a wealth of well-tended amenities to help you unwind after a long day's work.

Close to the New York Metropolitan Area and home to four of Connecticut's largest cities — Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk, and Danbury — Fairfield County is not just notable for its elegant real estate, thriving economy, or high percentile safety index. The county is home to some of the country's most exotic spas and golf courses; lush parks with immaculate lawns; tennis facilities that make Wimbledon tremble; and even an amazing summer concert roster for its many cities and towns.

Since there's no shortage of leisure spots or fun activities to enjoy in Fairfield County, don’t think twice about coming here for a little escape from the week-long hustle. Luckily for you, we’ve found the top ways for you to relax while in Fairfield County!

Head to the beach

Let's be honest — sometimes it's just not enough to recline on a chaise lounge near an artificial poolside. There's something magical about the rush of waves crashing on a sandy shore, fine sand gliding beneath your feet, the soothing scent of sea spray and sunshine on your cheeks.

In Fairfield County, the good news is that you don't have to worry about going miles to feel oceanic bliss. From Darien to Stamford to Norwalk and the rest of Fairfield County, there are many glorious waters and shores abound at your reach.

Enjoy a thrilling sunset stroll on the fine sands of Weed Beach with everything from a concession stand to a bathhouse and picnic area at your fingertips, or you can settle for a sun-drenched Saturday afternoon on 8-acre Pear Tree Point beach with a handicap accessible picnic area, lush gazebo and grills that make you salivate. The Darien Boat Club is also located at this beach.

Located east of Norwalk, Calf Pasture is another fantastic place to partake in sun and sand sports with a scenic view of the dazzling blue coastline. Rent a boat, or sit back for a delicious picnic with your family. You'll absolutely find this a safe haven to keep escaping to after a week-long bustle at work.

Picnics and more in the park

There's much more than a delightful picnic to enjoy in the many parks of Fairfield County. For example, Cherry Lawn Park is right at the doorstep of your luxury Gold Coast home. Bring the kids to enjoy a fun time on the large playground while you lay back on the lush grass of the community gardens and watch the clouds scud by. This is only a tiny grain from a wealth of park options. From Woodland Park, with its wooded trails and ponds, to Baker Park, popularly known as the 'gem of Darien,’ Fairfield parks have all the excellent play areas and baseball facilities that are sure to keep you going back.

Revel in the serenity of Cranbury Park, or catch a scenic view of the waterfront pedestrian paths and harbor at Oyster Shell Park. Walk your dog on the rolling expanse of land at Taylor Farm, or get down to a wonderful game of tennis at one of the exclusive courts on Mead Memorial, which sits right on the border of Bristow Bird Sanctuary and Wildwood preserve. You can even go for a meditative evening stroll around the park’s dazzling ponds, flecked by abundant greenery and harmonic whispers of nature.

In Fairfield County, you’ll not be at a loss for dog-walking options. Get on the road to Rowayton, where your pets can run free off-leash, or enter the dog orchard at Cranbury Park to allow you and your furry friends to socialize and enjoy the outdoors.

Pamper yourself

From Swedish to aromatherapy, this county's got the right amount of health resorts to help you unwind. Stop by at the sleek Andrew Stefanou Spa for a therapeutic full-body massage and relax those tensions in your muscles. You could walk through the doors of Lanphier Spa for an evening of exceptional treatment in one of Connecticut's leading luxury salons & spas.

Darien's Pink Salt Cave is a luxurious place, stashed full of authentic Himalayan salt on the walls and underfoot — a soothing, pharmaceutical gift after a long day's work. Along the same lines, if you’re into saunas or European spa facials, Massage Green Spa is the perfect location for you.

Don't miss out on another great session at Ciel Eau Day Spa for all the luxury treatments in a private, serene setting. Other options in the area include Noëlle Salon Spa, Haute Healing Oasis, Agora Day Spa, and Versailles Medical Spa.

Get your swing back

Is your game rusty from a long time of not visiting the course? Luckily for you, Fairfield County has more than enough to offer as far as golf courses go.

Hit the practice range at the Woodway Country Club golf course to get back your A-game. You can't beat an evening spent at the Darien Country Club with its lush 18-hole golf course. You could also enjoy an evening social with friends at Oak Hills Park Golf Course.

Other great golf destinations include the Country Club of New Canaan, Waveny Park Disc Golf Course, Sterling Farms Golf Course, and E. Gaynor Brennan Golf Course.


Tennis has always been a fantastic way to have fun while keeping fit and engaging your body and muscles in a great activity. Play one-on-one with friends on the courts at Weed Beach, or join the King’s Highway (a.k.a, the Darien Tennis Club) to enjoy many challengingly fun games with neighbors or strangers alike!

Mathews Park is another excellent destination with well-maintained tennis facilities and lush views to keep you calm and focused as you play. From Waveny Platform Tennis Courts to the standard courts at Stamford High School, the tennis facilities available in Fairfield County keep locals happily engaged even through a tiring work week.

Outdoor Concerts


There are plenty of opportunities to join the sprawling neighborhood crowd to enjoy vibrant nights of outdoor music. In fact, these events might be the cultural highlight of Fairfield County. These vibrant, eclectic summer music shows push Fairfield locals out of their homes for a series of exciting festival-like music.

Watch local, and area musicians give you one-in-a-million heartfelt performances, and vibe away with the crowd at any of Fairfield's scheduled outdoor concerts in summer. Some of these weekly outdoor summer concerts include Downtown Thursday in Bridgeport, as well as free-of-charge Friday night concerts at Grove Street Plaza. Enjoy the Waveny Summer Concert Series, the CHIRP Concerts Ridgefield, Music at the Bartlett, and many, many more wonderful music opportunities!

A day at the museum

Walk the spectacular halls of the Museum of Darien to witness the history of the people of this charming neighborhood, or spend a wonderful evening at sleek Galerie Sono or the Stepping Stones Museum for Children. You can also gaze at beautiful artwork in the Silvermine Arts Center or escape from the neighborhood bustle at the Hanford-Silliman House.

A walk (or bike) through nature

Nothing beats the thrill of a good hike, and Fairfield County's got a wealth of trails for you to choose from. Get your mountain bike ready to take on the Saugatuck Universal Access Trail in Redding, or run up the Norwalk River Valley Trail on a fine Saturday morning. The Mianus River Park is also home to a lot of biking trails, while you can do a short, meditative evening trek at Brett Woods Open Space.

From splashing creeks to wildflower fields to lush green woodlands to sweeping landscapes viewed from the peak of the trail, the county's trails have it all. Other great hiking or biking destinations include Brooke Trail at Kettletown State Park, Devil's Den Preserve, Hemlock Hills, Bennett's Pond State Park, and many more.

If you're interested in exploring Connecticut real estate, contact Bob Marchesi today. As one of the leading real estate agents in the area, Bob serves a wide range of neighborhoods. From Darien real estate to Norwalk real estate, Bob can help find a property that's perfect for you.


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