WESTPORT AND LOCAL ATTRACTIONS
Westport is a coastal town steeped in history. Located on Long Island Sound in Fairfield County, Connecticut, 47 miles (76 km) northeast of New York City in the United States, Westport began its second renaissance when the era of mills and farms ended. Famous writers, artists and theater people set the pace. Seeking a retreat from the noise and bright lights of New York City, they found another world just "up the mainline" -today's Metro-North railroad- into Connecticut. Here by the seacoast and the green woods was an escape. The images of the town defined a lifestyle, invented a new vocabulary and forever fixed Westport in the American imagination.
Now a town of more than 26,000 inhabitants, just one hour from Manhattan, Westport's thriving creative arts community continues to inspire a sophisticated cosmopolitan atmosphere. Along with its appealing combination of seashore and country charm, Westport and neighboring towns Southport, Norwalk, Weston, Wilton and Fairfield offer a diversity of cultural and recreational pursuits that include several theaters, a nature center, expansive library, museums, public and private clubs and an array of outdoor activities and seasonal events to enjoy year-around.