The most populous city in Connecticut, and the fifth largest in New England, Bridgeport was the first English settlement on the west bank of the Pequonnock River. Chartered as a city in 1836, Bridgeport with its booming population, diverse residents and multitude of neighborhoods, has something for everyone.
The only zoo in the state of Connecticut, Beardsley Zoo should be on the top of your list of places to visit while in Bridgeport. Not only is it the only zoo in the state, but it’s also the home to one of the few carousels in the state. Currently run by the Connecticut Zoological Society, the Beardsley Zoo is a nonprofit institution. The zoo is divided into five sections, featuring different species of animals such as ocelots, American alligators, bison and Guinea hogs. The zoo is also home to one of the largest greenhouses in the state.
Discovery Museum and Planetarium
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium is a hands-on science museum that is both an
attraction and a place of learning. Each year the museum hosts three different visiting showcase exhibits. Other attractions include sound and electricity galleries, and the Henry B. duPont III Planetarium.
The Barnum Museum was built in honor of P.T. Barnum, one of the founders of Ringling
Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. The museum is housed in a historic building on Main
Street, which was contracted for construction by Barnum himself. Throughout the Barnum
Museum, exhibits can be found which focus on Barnum’s life and history as well as his
Other exhibits include Egyptian-themed galleries and artifacts centering around the involvement of Bridgeport in the Civil War. Special events occur often at the museum.