“Explore Fairfield County” is an informational series that provides a glimpse into the wonderful towns and cities in Fairfield County. Fairfield County is diverse in that it includes big cities, small suburbs, beaches, farms, and busy highways. It covers a large geographic area and, because of this, it has a lot to offer families! To help you get the most out of Fairfield County, our contributors have shared the top things they love about each local area. To read more in this series, click here.
New Fairfield is a quaint little town that holds a special place in my heart because it is where I grew up. I attribute some of my fondest childhood memories to the experiences I had while living there. Although there have been slight changes over the years, the heart of this beautiful New England town remains the same.
Many New Yorkers escape from the hustle of life on weekends and holidays to enjoy the beauty and relax. Situated in the northwest corner of Fairfield County, New Fairfield is bordered by Danbury, Sherman, and Brewster, NY. Across the lake is Brookfield and New Milford.
If you find yourself visiting New Fairfield, you’ll want to check out some of the local’s favorites.
Much of my time growing up was spent on this gorgeous manmade lake. From boating to ice skating and even learning to swim at the Town Park. The beauty and entertainment this body of water has to offer is endless.
Although surrounded by multiple towns, the lake has several access points in New Fairfield. There are both public and private beaches and many private communities nestled along its shores.
One of the best places to enjoy Danbury’s Fourth of July fireworks is by boat out on the lake. Many residents from surrounding towns venture out to take in the show with a great view. The combination of atmosphere and community make this an activity the entire family can enjoy.
If you love hiking, sledding, or just sitting on the beach, Squantz Pond is a State Park you do not want to miss. In addition, canoe and kayak rentals can be accessed here. Bring the dog and pack a picnic lunch for the perfect family excursion, including a visit to the nature center. Take in the colorful trees as you enjoy the fresh air and rolling hills which boast breathtaking views of New England’s autumn foliage.
Across town, almost touching the NY border, you will find Ball Pond. Many locals can be found kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and ice skating. Access to Ball Pond is available to the public through the state-owned boat launch located at the southern end.
If you are an adventurer, you are sure to enjoy the trails of Bear Mountain for a hike with a view worth climbing. Follow the red trail, and you will loop around the Bear Mountain property, go through open fields, narrow walkways, quiet forest, and over small hills. Easy enough for children!
For a Bite to Eat
This Italian restaurant bar and grill offers a delicious raw bar and a variety of seasonal dishes made from the family’s garden. Order a pizza to go or dine in with a glass of your favorite wine.
Family-owned since 1974, this little eatery is more than a grocery store. Sit down for a tasty meal or bring something home for the whole family. They are known for their deli sandwiches with something for everyone.
Although it’s just over the border in Sherman, this bakery/restaurant had to be mentioned. Their menu is full of classic, scratch-made comfort food, including pastries and desserts that has my mouth watering just thinking about them. Most importantly, be sure to try the strawberry rhubarb pie. You won’t regret it!
Two more local favorites to satisfy your sweet tooth!
Each year the New Fairfield Lions Club makes the Fourth of July Parade and Old Tyme Carnival possible. With the community’s help, these activities have become annual traditions that bring entertainment and smiles on many faces.