Many of our guests love to visit Stamford to experience the fine arts, visit the museums, and dine at the popular restaurants. The town is also home to Mill River Park, a local garden that is filled with award-winning architecture, large grassy fields, and an abundance of nature. It’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy a beautiful afternoon, and experience the natural beauty of Connecticut.
Looking for more places to visit during your stay with us? Request your free copy of our Greenwich Vacation Guide for a full list of attractions like Mill River Park, local dining options, activities, and more!
History of Mill River Park
Also known as the Central Park of Stamford, Mill River Park has been a project in the works for nearly 100 years. However, it wasn’t until 1997 that the plan for the 31-acre park was put into action. With the removal of the historic Mill River Dam in 2000, the natural wetland was restored and the anadromous fish returned to their natural habitat in the river. In 2007, a top landscaping firm was hired to design and bring the park to life. Today, the finished product includes many of the latest advances in bioengineering and beautiful plantings on a remarkable landscape.
5 of the Best Things to Do at Mill River Park
Since its opening, the park has been a model in redefining modern life and served as a haven for visitors young and old. During your own visit, here are some of the best things to do at Mill River Park!
View the Vibrant Plant Life
Mill River Park is a unique habitat that supports dozens of native plants in Downtown Stamford. As you stroll through the park, you’ll see an abundance of wildflowers along with many more local flowers like the Indian Paintbrush, Indigo, Wild Geranium, or the Golden Tickseed. You also won’t want to miss the blooming of the cherry trees in the springtime.
The park isn’t just a home for plants. If you keep your eyes open, you may find a wide array of lovely birds, mammals, and reptiles. Frequent sightings include rabbits, beaver, squirrels, turtles, and swans. If you’re lucky, you may also find the beautiful monarch butterfly or the northern redback salamander.
Mill River Park Carousel
Take a ride on the brand new carousel at Mill River Park! The beautiful structure includes 30 hand-crafted carousel horses, retractable walls, an inviting patio, and the Rich Pantry for snacks and light meals. The pavilion can also be rented for large groups and private parties.
Mill River Park Fit Club
Stay in shape or try something new at one of the Mill River Park Fit Club classes. All lessons are absolutely free, open to anyone, and are held in the beautiful outdoors. You may choose from Mill River Park in Stamford yoga, Zumba, BollyFit, pilates, or boot camp. Check the class schedule to find the one that is perfect for you!
Participate in Fun-Filled Events
There is always something fun going on at Mill River Park! From dinners, cornhole tournaments, or holiday celebrations, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy the park and make lifelong memories. Take a look at the calendar of events to find your favorites!
Return to the Stanton House Inn For Some Well-Deserved Relaxation
After spending a fun-filled afternoon or evening at Mill River Park, return to our historic inn to unwind and rejuvenate. Our luxury inn is perfect for couples hoping to spend some quality time in the most romantic bed & breakfast in Connecticut. Each of our lovely guest rooms and honeymoon suites are completely remodeled with your comfort in mind while still retaining their historic charm. You will also have the chance to enjoy the inn’s outdoor pool, complimentary continental breakfast, and charming gardens. Plus, our ideal location places you just minutes from the Greenwich train station and all of your favorite local attractions.
Ready for a romantic getaway the two of you won’t soon forget? Book your favorite room today and we look forward to welcoming you to Greenwich soon!