What You’ll See at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT

Red panda at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CTOne of Connecticut’s top attractions, the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT, is the only zoo in the entire state and is the perfect place to bring the whole family. Situated on 52 beautiful acres in Beardsley Park, visitors can spend an afternoon at the zoo and learn about the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species, admire over 300 animals from North and South America, and even take a ride on the carousel. The zoo also offers a variety of annual events and fascinating exhibits, and is open daily from 9 AM to 4 PM. If you’re an animal lover, be sure to visit the zoo the next time you’re in Connecticut!

Spend a Day at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT

Whether you’re hoping to pet a peacock or feed a furry farm animal, a trip to the Beardsley Zoo is a must – and it’s less than an hour away from the Stanton House Inn! Here are some of our favorite zoo attractions.

Amazing Animals

In addition to bug, reptile, and amphibian houses, the zoo is divided into five different sections for guests to enjoy. At the indoor South American Rainforest, you’ll see incredible species like toucans, monkeys, snakes, frogs, and bats, and the predator section contains big cats like leopards, lynx, and tigers. Alligator Alley holds a wide variety of water birds, otters, bald eagles, and American alligators, and the Hoofstock exhibit features wolves, prairie dogs, bison, llamas, and owls. Be sure to stop by the New England Farmyard, where you’ll see domestic breeds of wild animals including cattle, black swan, goats, turkeys, and more that are often found in rural Connecticut. 

Other Zoo Attractions

When it’s time for lunch, head over to the Peacock Cafe (appropriately named after the free-roaming peacocks that surrounded it) and enjoy a delicious lunch in the picturesque picnic grove. A trip to the zoo isn’t complete without a ride on the colorful carousel, and don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on your way out for the perfect souvenir.

Fun Events

Each October, the Beardsley Zoo presents Howl-O-Ween, a Halloween-themed event that’s ideal for children ages 8-15 and features a haunted hayride, ghastly greenhouse, magic shows, face painting, fortune tellers, and more. Or, if you’re over the age of 21, check out Brew at the Zoo where you can enjoy an evening of craft beer, live music, a silent auction, and delicious eats from a variety of local food trucks. Be sure to check the Beardsley Zoo calendar for upcoming events and festivals!

Stay at the Stanton House Inn!

After an unbelievable day at the Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT, head back to our Greenwich bed and breakfast and keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife that frequently visit our grounds! You’ll see everything from chipmunks and chickens to hawks and fox, all just steps from your room. We can’t wait to hear about your day at the zoo!

For more information on the best area attractions, including the Connecticut Science Center, download our free Greenwich Vacation Guide.