“Explore Fairfield County” is an informational series that provides a glimpse into the wonderful towns and cities in Fairfield County. Fairfield County is diverse in that it includes big cities, small suburbs, beaches, farms, and busy highways. It covers a large geographic area and, because of this, it has a lot to offer families! To help you get the most out of Fairfield County, our contributors have shared the top 10 things they love about each local area. To read more in this series click here.
Established in 1639, the Town of Fairfield is on the eastern side of Fairfield County. The southern side of town is heaven for those craving a coastal lifestyle, while the northern side of town is full of beautiful trees and green space. There are roughly 60,000 residents in Fairfield, and over a third of the household’s are home to families. There are 11 neighborhood elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. The town is also home to a few parochial schools, Fairfield Prep, Notre Dame High School, along with Fairfield University, and Sacred Heart University.
1. All the Beaches
There was no question that this belongs at the top of the list. From the Jennings Beach Marina on the north side of town, to Sasco Hill Beach in Southport, there is no shortage of sandy spots to enjoy some sunshine. You can also take swimming and sailing lessons through Fairfield Parks and Rec at certain beach locations, and rent out pavilion space at Penfield Beach. Dogs can run around during the off-season and if you ever need photos taken for a wedding, prom, or holiday cards, our beautiful beaches make the perfect backdrop.
2. The Sandcastle Playground
I remember this playground being constructed when I was a child. It really brought the community together then, and it still does the same thing now. From the castle complete with a bridge to the personalized bricks laid along the walkway, there is so much to love about this spot. It’s the perfect place to jump on a swing, play Frisbee in the open space, or enjoy dinner on a picnic table. Please note that during the beach season, you do need a Fairfield Beach sticker to park your car by this playground.
3. The Farmer’s Market
This is a new Sunday tradition for our family. The farmer’s market runs on the Sherman Green from June through October. It is filled with fresh produce, special sweets, and many items made with love by amazing local community members. And while all the items to purchase are top-notch, it’s the friendly faces that really make the market special. Our daughter loves to visit Ian and Liz at their Cross Cultural Kombucha tent (warning: this kombucha will ruin all other kombucha for you!), and Jane (aka “the pickle lady”) of Janes Good Food, who is always serving samples of her homemade pickled veggies with a smile and kind words.
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