Introduction to Westport, Connecticut
Westport, Connecticut is 3 miles NE of Norwalk, Connecticut and 42 miles NE of New York, New York. The town is part of the Stamford - Norwalk metropolitan statistical area. About 25,749 people live in Westport.
In 1639, colonists settled along the Saugatuck River. Land was taken from Weston, Fairfield and Norwalk and the town of Westport was officially incorporated in 1835. It developed as an agricultural community and was known as the leading onion growing center of the nation. A shipping center also developed in Westport in the 1830s. The British expeditionary force landed in Westport's Compo Beach in 1777 and went on to fight the Battle of Ridgefield. A railroad arrived in this town in 1842.
Westport and nearby Attractions
- Arts Center
- Mid Fairfield Youth Museum
- Compo Beach
- Roinick Observatory
- Westport Nature Center
- Westport Country Playhouse
Things To Do In Westport
There are a number of popular tourist attractions in and around Westport. One can visit the Greens Farm Station, the Roinick Observatory, the Nature Center for Environmental Activities Library, the Mid Fairfield Youth Museum and the Westport Town Hall. There are numerous shopping malls dotting the streets of this town. A range of entertainment facilities are offered by these shopping centers as well. In addition, Westport hosts annual celebrations like the Fiesta Del Norte and the Yankee Doodle Fair.
Facilities for air transportation are provided by Igor I. Sikorsky Memorial Airport, in Bridgeport, Connecticut.
Westport Higher Education
For higher education, one can enroll at Fairfield University, Norwalk Community College or Sacred Heart University.