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The city of Stamford, now home to more than 100,000 people, was incorporated in 1893, but it had long been a thriving transportation and shipping hub. Today, you are more likely to see yachts than container ships, but Amtrak, commuter trains, buses, and Route 95 connect the city to nearby Manhattan, New England, and beyond. In the 19th century, wealthy New Yorkers began to summer here, and over the course of the 20th century many began to build more and more permanent homes in Stamford, while still working in New York. It still has a major commuter population working in New York. Stamford is itself home to many large businesses, though, ...

The city of Stamford, now home to more than 100,000 people, was incorporated in 1893, but it had long been a thriving transportation and shipping hub. Today, you are more likely to see yachts than container ships, but Amtrak, commuter trains, buses, and Route 95 connect the city to nearby Manhattan, New England, and beyond. In the 19th century, wealthy New Yorkers began to summer here, and over the course of the 20th century many began to build more and more permanent homes in Stamford, while still working in New York. It still has a major commuter population working in New York. Stamford is itself home to many large businesses, though, including Time Warner Cable and World Wrestling Entertainment, and has a growing film industry. You can also find plenty of leisure activities here, taking advantage of both urban and nature-related options. Stamford enjoys a lively cultural mix as a result of its diverse population: about a third of those residing in the city were born outside the United States.

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Stillman Rogers has written more than two dozen guidebooks, including Adventure Guide to Canada's Atlantic Provinces, Guide to Eastern Canada, and Adventure Guide to the Chesapeake.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    Year-round; late spring to early fall for outdoor activities