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Flights to Stamford

image of stamfordConnecticut’s fourth largest city is Stamford. This historic city was first settled in 1641 and has a selection of tourist attractions including culture, parks and museums.

Though Stamford doesn’t have its own airport, there are actually 3 other major airports within a reasonable driving distance of the city. La Guardia Airport (airport code: LGA) is the closest but offers limited flights to Stamford from Johannesburg. For the best selection, fly into JFK International Airport (code: JFK) which is an hour away. Most flights to Stamford are 1-stop, such as with British Midland and Virgin Atlantic who both connect in London. South African Airways stops in Frankfurt, and KLM transfers in Amsterdam.

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The Tourist Attractions in Stamford:

The Stamford Museum and Nature Center
Set on 118 acres is the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, at the northern end of the city. This attraction is a popular family destination as it combines nature and learning by offering a selection of different attractions. The farm part of the attraction includes several species of farm animals including cows, pigs, horses, llamas, chickens and more and there are nature trails on which to walk, and a children’s playground area. The museum part of the attraction is housed within the Bendel Mansion, a large historic mansion house, where you’ll find exhibits on art, natural history, farming implements, American history and culture, and Native American arts and culture.

Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens
Located quite close to the Stamford Museum and Mature Center is the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens. Open to the public every day of the year this attraction features over 850 specimen trees and plants that are not only from this region, but from around the world. Visitors can go their own way on a self-guided tour, using the garden and trail maps available from the visitor centre, or on certain days of the week you can enjoy a guided tour of the gardens that are available free with your entrance ticket.

Cove Island Park
Once the site of a huge factory that burned down in 1919, Cove Island Park is now one of Stamford’s most popular parks with both locals and visitors to the city. Set over 83 acres you’ll find a variety of activities available here including a beach and picnic grounds that are especially popular during the summer. In one corner there is a small wildlife sanctuary, while in another is the SoundWaters Community center for Environmental Education. Here you’ll find a small, but free aquarium, canoe trips and more.

When Should You Visit?:

Classified with a humid subtropical climate Stamford is a fairly wet city, receiving an even amount of precipitation throughout the year. Despite the rainfall summers are warm with average high temperatures ranging between 27C and 29C from June to August. Winters are quite cool in contrast – January is the coldest month when the average high reaches just 3C and the low -7C, but spring and autumn both experience quite mild temperatures, making these a good time to visit Stamford.

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