Flights to Bridgeport
Though not the state capital, Bridgeport is the most populous city in Connecticut. Even so, Bridgeport is a fairly small and quiet city with many pleasant parks and beaches, but few in the way of other active tourist attractions.
There are no airports in Bridgeport, but there are several within about an hour’s drive. The nearest one that handles international flights is the Westchester County Airport (HPN), though the larger La Guardia airport (LGA) is only 20 minutes further away. Flights coming into Westchester County from Johannesburg will typically require 2 stops, such as a flight with KLM having connections in Amsterdam and then Detroit. A more direct flight is available for arrivals at La Guardia instead, with only 1 stop. Delta Airlines stops once in Atlanta before arriving in New York. There are more airlines servicing Westchester County, but flights to Bridgeport through La Guardia are more direct.
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The Tourist Attractions in Bridgeport:
The Beardsley Zoo is actually the only zoo in the entire state of Connecticut. There are more than 300 animals at the zoo, though the exhibits focus mainly on North and South American species of animals. There is a farmyard petting zoo, and an open rainforest aviary. The zoo is open nearly year-round, except for a few major holidays. Special events are held throughout the year as well.
The building that houses the museum was actually built by P.T Barnum, the circus owner, with the intention of it being a science and history institute. Today, it showcases circus memorabilia from Barnum’s own life as well as some displays on the history of Bridgeport. The building has been fully restored, and is a fine example of terra cotta stone work and Byzantine architecture. The museum is closed Mondays, and there is an admission fee.
Discovery Museum and Planetarium
A science centre filled with hands-on and interactive exhibits, focusing on space, sound, computers and electronics. Other exhibits are always changing, so various science themes can be found at the museum as well. There are daily shows at the Planetarium, included in the museum admission price. The museum is on Park Avenue, open 7 days a week. Live science demonstrations are only performed Mondays to Fridays.
There are dozens of parks in Bridgeport, and the Seaside Park is one of the most popular. Although there are no specific attractions there, it does offer beaches, sports fields, picnic areas and fishing spots. Seaside Park is a nice place to just relax and enjoy the outdoors.
Black Rock District
This neighbourhood is located in the southwest part of town, on the coast of Black Rock Harbor. The area is a mix of trendy shops and coffee bars, as well as a number of historic homes along the waterfront.
When Should You Visit?:
Though Connecticut is not known for its tropical weather, Bridgeport can get quite hot in the summers. On the other side of the coin, winters are cold with a fair amount of snowfall in February. Summer daytime temperatures can reach 27C (81F) in July and August, but most other spring and autumn months are very nice for walking around.