Stamford Moms 2023 Guide to Summer Fun! | Stamford Moms

Summer is here and we’re diving into fun! The Stamford Moms 2023 Summer Fun Guide is PACKED with things to do with the family all season long! Check out our list below for ways to get out on the Long Island Sound, ice cream spots, beaches, outdoor dining and SO MUCH MORE summer fun in Stamford!

Happy Summer!

Get Out on The Long Island Sound with SoundWaters!

Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals

Get on the water with a SoundWaters kayak or paddle board rental.

Open Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. every weekend, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

The Paddlesports rental stand is located at the Cohen SoundWaters Harbor Center, Boccuzzi Park, 200 Southfield Avenue, Stamford.

Click here to make your reservation! 

Public Sails

Experience the beauty of Long Island Sound from the deck of the Schooner SoundWaters.

Sailing from Stamford Wednesday through Sunday all summer long, bring your own food and beverages and enjoy a breezy and beautiful afternoon or sunset sail.

All passengers must be at least 5 years old and accompanied by an adult.

Sails depart from Cohen SoundWaters Harbor Center, 200 Southfield Avenue, Stamford.

Click here to make your reservation!


Head to the Beach!

Click for Stamford Beach Info!
  • Cove Island Park: 363 Weed Avenue
    • Tram at Cove Island: 
      • Open weekends: Memorial Day Weekend: May 28, 29 & 30 – Labor Day Weekend September 2, 3 & 4
      • Open weekdays: Wednesday, June 19 – Monday, September 4.
      • Tram Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Cummings Park: Shippan Avenue
  • West Beach: Shippan Avenue
  • Quigely Beach: Part of Cove Island Park (no lifeguard on duty)

Cove Island Park, Cummings Park & West Beach Summer 2023 Hours:

  • Open weekends: Memorial Day Weekend: May 27, 28 & 29 – Labor Day Weekend September 3, 4 & 5.
  • Open weekdays: Monday, June 19 – Monday, September 4.
  • Lifeguard Hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Note: Parking permits are required at Stamford beaches, May 1 – September 30. Click here for details on how to get a permit!

Play in the sandbox at the Harbor Point Boardwalk! No beach permit needed!

Find Summer Excitement at Chelsea Piers!

Prepare for an unforgettable summer experience at Chelsea Piers, where endless excitement awaits!

Delight in an array of thrilling activities that will ignite the spark of adventure in your little ones with action-packed Summer Camps and dynamic Sports Drop-Ins.

Push your limits in the luxury Fitness Club, with cutting-edge equipment, 100+ group fitness classes, a steam room, a sauna, and much more.

And remember to bask in the glorious sunshine and embrace the great outdoors during our captivating Strong For Summer Classes in the parks Downtown and at Harbor Point. Chelsea Piers is the ultimate destination to transform ordinary summer days into extraordinary memories!

Splash Around!

Click for Dorothy Heroy Pool Info
  • Weekends: Saturday, June 17 – Sunday, August 13, 10 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Weekdays: Monday, June 26 – Friday, August 11, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Note: Parking permit required at Dorothy Heroy Pool, May 1 – September 30.

Click for Splash Pad Info

Splash Pad at Scalzi Park
Open 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily, weather permitting. The splash pad closes in the event of rain, thunderstorms, etc.

Chelsea Piers Splash Zone (indoor)
Indoors at Chelsea Piers, click here for the drop-in schedule.

Triangle Park Splash Pad
Open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily, weather permitting

Join the Italian Center of Stamford!

Summer is better at the IC!
Relax By The Pool. Get In A Game of Pickleball. Or Enjoy A Drink With Friends By The Firepit.
The IC Has Something For Everyone In The Family!
With Year-Round Activities For Everyone, It’s No Wonder Why The IC Is Fairfield County’s Premiere Community Club!
Join Today by calling (203) 322-6941 or click here for more information!

Grab Ice Cream!

Click for a List of Stamford Ice Cream Shops!

16 Handles: 219 Bedford Street
Carvel: 1060 Long Ridge Road & 1980 West Main Street
Cold Stone Creamery: 1109 High Ridge Road
Dairy Queen: 885 Summer Street
Elm Street Diner: 463 Elm Street (milkshakes!)
Gofer Ice Cream: 869 High Ridge Road & 2367 Summer Street
Longford’s Ice Cream Factory Outlet: 425 Fairfield Avenue
Milk N Cookies: 163 Bedford Street
Ralph’s Famous Italian Ice: 900 High Ridge Road
Scoops and Smiles: 926 Hope Street
Sunny Daes Ice Cream: 633 Shippan Avenue
TropiGlace: 864 Cove Road

Visit Designs by Lee!

Visit Designs by Lee for everything you need for your garden… and have some fun!

Take a look at their selection of trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials seven days a week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Be sure to bring the kids to play on the playground and visit the goats!

Be sure to keep an eye out for fun events for both adults and families all summer long. Click here to scroll through the events planned!

Book a Charter or Join a Boat Club!

Click here for a list of options!

If you’re looking to charter a boat for a few hours, there are several options in our area. They include:

Captain Marco Sailboat Charter
Carefree Boat Club of Southern CT
Charter My Sea Ray
Fish Hunter Charters
Freedom Boat Club
Pelagic Beast

Pedal Cruise is also a fun option for adults!

Enjoy A Summer Event At Stamford Town Center!

Join Stamford Town Center on Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16 for the Third Annual Summer Block Party & Hey Stamford Food Fest Kickoff Party!

2 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Stamford Town Center Restaurant Plaza

Admission is FREE for all!

Click here to register!

Stay tuned for more summer event info from Stamford Town Center and be sure to stop in so the kids can play at The Fun Palace and Soccer Fun Zone or play a game of pickleball at PickleBall America or get in some laughs at New York Comedy Club!

If you’re planning a party, be sure to click here and check out out 2023 Food & Bar Truck Guide!

Enjoy a FREE Community Fitness Class!

Click here for a list of classes at Mill River Park, Harbor Point, Veterans Memorial Park and Latham Park!

Head to the Playground!

Click here for our list of the Top 5 Playgrounds in Stamford!

Play Indoors to Beat the Heat or Get Out of the Rain!

Click here to check our list of indoor activity options in the area to keep the kids entertained!

Visit Farm Animals!

Click here for our complete list of farms in the area to visit animals with the kids!

We love going to see the goats at Designs by Lee and spending time playing on their playground!

Eat at a Food Truck!

Click here for a list of where to find food trucks in Stamford!

Dine at the picnic tables or around the fire pit at Fed Truck!
Open Tuesday – Saturday or a guest truck on Monday
Located in the parking lot of Wagon Wheel Wine & Spirits, 1051 Long Ridge Road
Live music most Friday & Saturday evenings

Dine at the Half Full Third Place Beer Garden!
The Blind Rhino Food Truck is on site:
Thursday: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: noon – 9 p.m. Sunday: noon – 5 p.m.
Rotating food trucks are also on site

The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing!
Waterside beer garden featuring local craft beer, food trucks and live music

Cisco Brewers at The Village
Rotating food trucks during summer 2023. Check their weekly schedule.

Enjoy Outdoor Dining!

Click here for a list of restaurants in Stamford with Waterfront Dining!

Crab Shell, 46 Southfield Avenue
Outdoor Dining & Boat Slips

Prime Stamford, 78 Southfield Avenue
Outdoor Dining & Reservations Strongly Suggested

The Wheel at the Village, 4 Star Point
Boat Slips

Cisco Brewers at the Village, 4 Star Point
Outdoors, Boat Slips

MEXiCUE, 15 Harbor Point Road
Outdoor Dining & Rooftop Patio

The Beer Garden at Shippan Landing, 290 Harbor Drive

The FREE Water Taxi is back this summer, between Prime/Crab Shell and Harbor Point! Click here for details.

Click here for a list of restaurants in Stamford with Rooftop Dining!

Fortina Yacht Club, 120 Washington Boulevard

The Wheel at the Village, 4 Star Point

MEXiCUE, 15 Harbor Point Road

Sign of the Whale, 6 Harbor Point Road

Click here for a list of restaurants with patios we love!

Bareburger, 21 Harbor Point Road

DIG, 43 High Ridge Road

Farmhouse at the Crossroads, 2635 Long Ridge Road

Table 104, 299 Long Ridge Road

Many restaurants in Stamford Downtown are now offering extended outdoor dining for the summer! Click here for a list of restaurants! Some of the outdoor dining options we love are Lucky’s, Capriccio, Divina, Lorca, Columbus Park Trattoria, Kouzina Greek Taverna, Bartaco and Puerto Vallarta!

Join the Ferguson Library Summer Learning Club!

Click here for details on the Kids Summer Learning Club!

The Ferguson Library’s Kids Summer Learning Club is for children from birth to entering 5th grade. It runs Saturday, June 10 through Thursday, August 31.

Visit any location of The Ferguson Library to pick up a paper tracking log or to register yourself on a computer. Just for joining the Summer Learning Program, you’ll receive a FREE notepad and pen!

Keep your mind sharp all summer by reading (or listening) or completing BINGO board missions. Log your activities and time spent reading online with ReadSquared, through the ReadSquared app, or with your paper tracking log.

Click here for details on the Teen Summer Learning Club!

The Ferguson Library’s Teen Summer Learning Program is for kids entering grades 6 through grade 12. It runs from Saturday, June 10 through Thursday, August 31.

Just for joining the Summer Learning Program, you’ll receive a FREE notepad and pen.

Participate by reading or completing Missions. Keep track of your reading progress and activities online with ReadSquared or through the ReadSquared app.  Readers can also participate with a paper log that can be picked up at any of the Ferguson Library branches.

Enjoy a Summer Concert

Click here for the Summer Concert Schedule at the Bartlett!

Summer Concerts are BACK at The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens! Sundays, June 25 – August 27 on the big lawn 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. indoors in case of rain!

June 25: The Barons
July 9: Abbie Gardner
July 16: Bluewater
July 23: Gunsmoke
July 30: Paul Gabriel
August 6: Sunkings
August 13: Maria Tiscia with Rio Bound
August 20: Cookie Thomas
August 27: Sister Sun

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