Bridgeport is the most populated city in Connecticut and the fifth most populous city in New England. Located in southwest Connecticut on Long Island Sound, Bridgeport is just over 60 miles from New York City via I-95, just over 120 miles from Providence, Rhode Island and approximately 220 miles from Boston. Major routes in addition to I-95 include the Route 8/Route 25 Connector and US 1. Bridgeport’s close proximity to New York City is enhanced by train service (Metro-North commuter line and Amtrak) and bus service. Many Bridgeport residents take advantage of the city’s lower housing and living costs and commute daily to New York City. Charter air service is offered by Sikorsky Memorial Airport, and ferry service to Port Jefferson, NY is also available.
Originally settled by farmers in the 1600s, Bridgeport’s location on Black Rock Harbor was ideal for the development of maritime trades, including shipbuilding and whaling, in the 1800s, and Bridgeport was chartered as a city in 1836. Its later growth was fueled by the Industrial Revolution, and by 1930, more than 500 factories operated in Bridgeport, including a factory built by Elias Howe. Manufacturing began to decline in the 1950s, and the city has had some difficulties revitalizing itself.
Known as “Park City,” Bridgeport features numerous parks, including Beardsley and Seaside. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also created New York City’s Central Park, both Beardsley and Seaside Park are two of the over fifty city landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The 36-acre Beardsley Park Zoo features a carousel and indoor rainforest. Built in 1893, the Barnum Museum, another city landmark, celebrates PT Barnum, former Bridgeport mayor, famed self-promoter and at one point, the richest man in the world.
Other Bridgeport attractions include the Discovery Museum and Planetarium as well as Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, home rink for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL hockey team. Located next to the arena, the Ballpark at Harbor Yard is home to the Bridgeport Bluefish minor-league baseball team.
Cultural diversions include the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony and the Housatonic Museum of Art, which features a large, world-class collection including works by Renoir, Miro, Picasso, Rodin, Warhol, Lichtenstein, Chagall, Klimt, Giacometti, and Ansel Adams.
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Average monthly temperatures range from highs of 66 °F to 82 °F in July to lows averaging between 23 °F to 37 °F in January. Precipitation is relatively constant throughout the year ranging from just under 3 inches in March to just over 4 inches in May.
Current Bridgeport Weather
Chance of a Thunderstorm68°/50°
Chance of Rain68°/48°