Travel the most exciting Loop in Connecticut

What is the Lower Loop?

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:

  • Four renowned craft breweries with Tap Rooms
  • Exciting restaurants with al fresco dining - many that are waterfront
  • Three beautiful beaches
  • Amazing wildlife refuge
  • A waterfront golf course
  • Three unique shopping destinations
  • An Air and Space Museum
  • A regional airport with a friendly dive bar on one end of the runway and a historic Car Hop Drive In on the other end.

Discover Stratford

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.

Touch-A-Truck Event Sept. 28

News12 Connecticut Showcases The Lower Loop

Movie Nights at Short Beach Park

Explore The Lower Loop



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!

Breweries & Bars


If craft brew is your vice, The Lower Loop has 4 unique working breweries with Tap Rooms and the friendliest Dive Bar around

Beaches & Nature


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.

Sports & Recreation


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.

Historic & Landmarks


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

Corsair Car Show Sept 15th

Plan Your Visit to The Lower Loop


Beaches and Parks

Short Beach Parkswimming, 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  Mon-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

The Surfcaster - Shop for everything you need to fish off our coast in one place. 

360 Sniffens Lane Hours Vary.

Dining and Drinks

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

Beach House Grille - in/outdoor dining 

1 Dorne Drive 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

Craft Brewery Tap Rooms

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


Connecticut Air and Space Museum -  vintage aircraft, memorabilia, and artifacts that pertain to Connecticut, both inside and out.  Guests must be 21 years or older. Check in required at 550 Main Street. Museum is around the corner on Sniffens Lane.

550 Main Street  Tues: 9am-2pm, Thu: 9am-5pm, Sat: 9am-2pm 

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