The Lower Loop is literally a 10 mile loop around the lower portion of Stratford, Connecticut that has more to offer than you might imagine:
The Lower Loop is just one of several destinations worthy of a road trip from anywhere. Whether you live in Stratford or many miles away, The Lower Loop has a full day's worth of memorable activities for all ages.
The Lower Loop affords three unique shopping experiences. The unusual and eclectic, Mellow Monkey Gifts & Home Decor, the massive Stratford Antique Center, and the best resource for onshore fishing, The Surfcaster.
Dine out - outdoors, indoors or waterfront. The Lower Loop has it all!
If craft brew is your vice, The Lower Loop has 4 unique working breweries with Tap Rooms and the friendliest Dive Bar around
All of Stratford's wonderful beaches are located in the Lower Loop - great for swimming, wind or kite surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. Short Beach offers access to people with limited mobility. The Lower Loop is also host to Connecticut Audubon at Stratford Point, and the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge.
The Lower Loop's Short Beach Park hosts a Par 3 Golf Course with panoramic views of Long Island Sound. There are also tennis courts, a playground, beach volleyball courts and ball field available. The Lower Loop's Lordship neighborhood is a wonderful place for walking, running or biking.
The Connecticut Air and Space Museum operates in The Lower Loop and offers public tours. While not open, the Stratford Point Light can be viewed from the adjacent Audubon Connecticut at Stratford Point
Short Beach Park—swimming, mobility mats, golf course, softball fields, and courts for basketball, paddle-ball, tennis, and volleyball, sailboard lessons, fishing, concession stand, large playground, changing and shower facilities. Bonfires with permit. Summer outdoor movie nights. Blues on the Beach Concert and Bonfire on the Beach Event. 1 Dorne Drive. Beach stickers for non-residents are $150/season or $20/day good at both Long & Short Beaches
Long Beach—public beach area for swimming, sailboarding, shell and sea glass collecting and fishing. Located at the end of Oak Bluff Road in Lordship. Non resident fees (see above).
Russian Beach—public beach located on Park Blvd in Lordship. Limited access provided by the Point-No-Point walkway, the beach is located at the East end of Point-No-Point. No fee. Limited nearby street parking only.
Audubon CT at Stratford Point — Beautiful 30-acre site, located adjacent to the Stratford Point Lighthouse at the junction of the Housatonic River and Long Island Sound. A great place to see nearly 300 species of birds on a path that runs along bluffs providing panoramic views of Long Island Sound. Open M-F 7am-5pm
Mellow Monkey Gifts & Home Décor — one of Connecticut’s most unique shopping destinations
360 Sniffens Lane (near Knapp's Landing Restaurant)
Mon-Thu 12-6 | Fri-Sat 10-6 | Sun 11-5
Stratford Antique Center—16,500 sq feet multi dealer shopping venue
400 Honeyspot Road 5 mins 10-5 daily
Shakespeare Market - 1850 Elm Street Stratford, CT 06615 | 203-292-0214
The Shakespeare Market is a community driven concept to build on the tragedy of the loss of the American Shakespeare Festival Theater.
Now an open air market for all to enjoy this beautiful property located directly adjacent to the Housatonic River, the stunning Charles E. Wheeler Wildlife Management Area and glorious view of the Long Island Sound.
After you shop, take a short walk and find Mac's Harbor, the original landing location of Stratford's first European settlers in 1639, Bond's Dock and Fishing Pier - the historical site of Stratford's Oyster houses and famed boxing camp during the first half of the 20th century. Stratford's Historic District, located on Academy Hill, is a short walk and contains homes from 17th, 18th, 19th, (and 20th) century homes.
Knapp’s Landing - Waterfront indoor/outdoor -
520 Sniffens Lane L/D daily
Riley’s by the Sea - Waterfront in/outdoor
14 Beach Dr L/D daily
Little Pub of Stratford - 10 Washington Parkway B/L/D daily
Cibus Latin Fusion - In/outdoor dining
1 Woodend Drive L/D daily
Cricket Car Hop - Retro Fast Food- In/outdoor
900 Access Rd M-Sat
PizzaCo - in/outdoor
1625 Stratford Ave L/D Tue-Sun
Windsock Inn casual dive bar and eatery open daily
295 Main St
Nikki's Beach House in/outdoor
1 Dorne Drive
Fairfield Craft Ales — Small batch craft brews in friendly tap room with games, BYO food
724 Honeyspot Rd Th/F/S/Sun
Area 2 Brewing - in/outdoor tap room, BYO food - connected via walking path to Two Roads Brewery
1526 Stratford Ave Daily
Two Roads Brewery — in/outdoor tap room and beer garden, BYO food
1700 Stratford Ave Daily
Athletic Brewing Company (non-alcoholic) in/outdoor tap room with games, BYO food
350 Long Beach Blvd Fri/Sat/Sun
Vintage aircraft, memorabilia, and artifacts that pertain to Connecticut, both inside and out.
Located in the historic 1929 Curtiss Hangar
225 B Main St, Stratford, CT 06615
All AGES WELCOME! Admission Charge
Hours: Saturday: 10am- 4pm | Sunday: 10am- 4pm
Contact: (203)-345-1559 - CASC@ctairandspace.org
550 Main Street
Hours: Tues: 9am-2pm, Thu: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-2pm
Visitors to Bldg 6 & 53 must be at least 18 years of age due to Army regulations.
All new visitors must: