Neighborhood Guide Downtown Stamford in Stamford Ct

The downtown area of Stamford, CT offers visitors and residents a safe environment to work and play. It has parks, shops, restaurants, and arts and entertainment. The council works hard to make the seasons fun and entertaining. During snowstorms, they plow the downtown streets immediately.

For entertainment, the city has the Palace Theatre offering musicals. The Palace Theatre is a historic building that began in 1937 when vaudeville was popular. Now the Stamford Symphony and Connecticut Grand Opera use the building. The city also has two first run movie houses at the Bow Tie Cinemas and a newly remodeled Avon Theatre Film Center. Stamford offers free outdoor events including a summer concert series and a huge helium balloon parade, the largest in the USA. Their website shows all their events.

Stamford has numerous places of worship featuring different faiths. It has a chamber of commerce and a visitor bureau. Tourists and residents can also find the United Way, the Urban League of Southwestern CT and the Stamford YMCA in the downtown area.

Stamford Hospital is an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. It has a Level II trauma center and is the only hospital offering open heart surgery in lower Fairfield County. This hospital offers CyberKnife Radiosurgery. This hospital provides for all residents’ healthcare needs.

Stamford also has library services including a main library in the downtown area, four branch libraries along with a bookmobile. Stamford has twelve elementary schools, five middle schools, and three high schools. The district has a number of magnet schools from elementary to high school. Stamford accommodates adults as well offering adult schools online and on site. ESL, Family Literacy, Citizenship, GED and High School Completion classes are free. University of Connecticut is downtown as well. It offers both online and onsite classes as well.

Stamford has a large number of homes and condos in the downtown area to buy or rent. Expect high prices for these homes however.

For outside enjoyment visit the city’s parks and beaches. Cove Island Park on Cove Road and West Avenue has a skating rink for ice hockey participants and figure skaters, fishing and marina facilities, and picnic areas. Park officials check for Beach Stickers here. Cummings has the same things on Shippan Avenue. Scalzi Park at Bridge Street and Washington Blvd lights its tennis courts at 10 pm. It has baseball, soccer, basketball, and roller hockey rinks. Besides having a playground, it has bocce courts and a fitness course.