county seat city of Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States

Bridgeport is a city in Connecticut.

Bridgeport has beaches and parks, but the biggest attraction is the Klein Memorial Auditorium, a performing arts theater.

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For commercial flights, there are several airports within a 2 hours drive:

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See also: Rail travel in the United States

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  • I-95 goes through Bridgeport.

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Map of Bridgeport (Connecticut)

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Bridgeport has a variety of beaches and parks, including Seaside, one of the nicest in the state complete with a lighthouse and a walk out to it.

  • 1 Barnum Museum, 820 Main St, +1 203 331-1104, fax: +1 203-331-0079. Tu-Sa 10AM-4:30PM, Su noon-4:30PM. Exhibits about P.T. Barnum and the history of the city. It is downtown, within walking distance to some great architecture downtown. $5, ages 4-17 $3.    
  • 2 Burroughs-Saden Library, 925 Broad St, +1 203 576-7403. The main branch in Bridgeport. The third floor has a well-maintained historical collection with rotating exhibits and lots of genealogy information.
  • 3 Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Avenue, +1 203 394-6565. 9AM-4PM daily. A wide variety of ecosystems presented, including a rainforest building, as well as tigers, otters, bison, etc. During the summer, usually late July/early August there are free theatrical showings, usually Shakespeare called "Shakespeare in the Park". The Beardsley park is also a lovely place to picnic. Adults $7, Seniors and ages 3-11 $5.    

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  • 1 Klein Memorial Auditorium, 177 State St, +1 203 345-4800 (Box Office ext 150). A performing arts theater with a variety of performances throughout the year. If you enjoy the symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony performs regularly.    

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There many eating venues in Bridgeport, including Italian, Jamaican, Chinese, Thai, Brazilian, Mexican, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and other Latino food, as well as many more typical American restaurants.

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In the late 1980s and early 90s, Bridgeport had a notable crime rate. The Gangster Disciples, Latin Kings, and drug dealers from New York all battled for control of the city's many housing projects, places like Father Panik Village, Pequonnock village, Marina Village and the PT Barnum Housing Projects. Today, for the tourist staying for a few days or weeks, Bridgeport's bark is bigger than its bite. The main attractions for tourists like the Harboryard and the PT Barnum Museum are in areas that are not to be considered high crime. Traveling to the East Side or East End is considered to be the Spanish harlem of the city, as that is where all the Spanish restaurants and shops are located along with a strong Catholic religious background indicative of the churches located within this area as well.

Now, downtown is being rehabbed. The plan is to have apartments in former destitute buildings. Downtown will be the hustle and bustle it used to be, full of people and shopping happening on a daily basis. Downtown has limited parking so bring your quarters for the on street parking.

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Routes through Bridgeport
New York CityStamford  SW   NE  New HavenSpringfield/Providence
New York CityStamford  SW   NE  New HavenSpringfield
New HavenStratford  N   S  FairfieldNew York City
New HavenStratford  N   S  FairfieldNew York City
WaterburyTrumbull  N   S  END
StamfordFairfield  SW   NE  StratfordNew Haven
New York CityMerges into New Haven (red) line ← Stamford  SW   NE  StratfordWaterbury
ENDStamford  W   E  StratfordNew Haven

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