Milford Connecticut is known as “A Small City with a Big Heart,” a sentiment that clearly reflects the city’s character. Sailboats, yachts and motorboats drift in and out of this scenic harbor city. An expansive town green graces the town center. Milford has always encouraged the preservation and restoration of older homes which has helped maintain the charm of this traditional New England town.
The Marina at the riverfront downtown is a beautiful place to watch the boats come and go, or to take a walk along the docks. Definitely one of the most scenic and charming parts of Milford. The Summer Night by Harbor Lights Concerts Series is a special treat!
In August of each year, Milford celebrates the Oyster Festival which is both a typical town fair as well as a culinary celebration of the town’s location on the Long Island Sound and its rich shellfish grounds. The festival takes place around the Milford Green, near the center of town, as well as all over the downtown area. It features a variety of events including kayak and canoe races, a classic car show, crafts and musical performances.
A popular destination for saltwater fun, Milford has several marinas, boat launches and city beaches. With over 17 miles of beautiful coastline, it is not surprising that boating and beaches are very popular. One of the most popular events in Milford is the annual Sand Castle Contest that draws hundreds of participants who create sculptures that emerge from the beach.
Popular outdoor destinations for you to see are the Silver Sands State Park and the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point. Located on a barrier beach, the Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge & Bird Sanctuary is next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River. The Audubon Center provides unique hands-on environmental educational and outdoor adventures for people of all ages. The Center features a tide pool demonstration tank, educational exhibits, and a 70-foot covered observation tower for a sweeping view.
The Great River Golf Club is a public eighteen-hole par 72 golf course providing indoor training facilities, a conference center, and banquet rooms. Another course, The Orchards located on an old apple orchard, is a public nine hole par 32 open April to October. The town’s Tennis Club has six indoor courts.
For the children and young at heart, Smiles Entertainment Center is a year-round entertainment facility features a kids kingdom, a video arcade with ski ball and pool, and a music atrium. Seasonal activities include kiddie park, batting cages, bumper boats, midway games and miniature golf. The Ice Pavilion offers skate rentals, league play, and collegiate games. Other recreational opportunities for kids include playgrounds, a popular youth center, ice rinks, and a horseback riding academy.
Milford’s home to a diverse economy of manufacturing, retail, corporate offices, light industries and investment firms. Shoppers find all they could ever need or want in the many unique town shops, local plazas and large shopping malls, including the Westfield Mall. Everyone still calls it by its original name the Connecticut Post Mall and its one of the largest shopping malls in the state.
Residential areas in Milford offer a variety of lifestyle choices. Historic colonial homes and Victorian architecture sit side by side with sprawling contemporary structures and luxury waterfront properties. There are pleasant neighborhoods throughout town of modest single-family homes, new developments, apartment buildings and condominiums. Many new apartments and condos downtown are on the riverfront.
In addition to its quality public schools, the town has several private schools, state-approved private schools for children with special needs and a state technical high school.
The spectacular harbor setting with its picturesque beaches, offshore islands, river mouth bird sanctuaries and New England charm makes Milford one of Connecticut’s best cities for your home and family.