When English settlers arrived during colonization, there were Native Americans living in the area. The city is a true melting pot of Irish, Hungarian, German, Italian, English, and Slovakian immigrants throughout its history.
Bridgeport is home to an AHL hockey team, two NCAA basketball teams, several outdoor attractions, historical sites, and great hotel options. Its nickname, “the Park City,” comes from its renowned public park system.
The city is home to many hotels, from inexpensive, simple rooms to elaborate, luxury lodging. The surrounding area offers many hotel options as well, making your options almost limitless.
When to Visit Bridgeport, CT
There's not a defined tourist season in Bridgeport. It's pretty busy most of the year. In the spring, you can expect high temperatures in March to average in the low 50s and warm to upper 60s by May. Spring is the wettest time of year with one in three days seeing measurable rain. If you're traveling in the spring, pack a sweater and some light layers as mornings are chilly with lows from the 30s to the high 40s. From late April through May, the Bridgeport in Bloom festival occurs. You can see more than 40,000 different blooms during this event.
Summer months in Bridgeport are warm and humid, but because it's a coastal town, there's a sea breeze most of the time. From June through August, expect temperatures in the high 80s and low 90s. Summer months aren't too wet with an average of only eight days each month seeing measurable rain. Enjoy mild nights at Downtown Thursdays with live music each week. Every year, thousands flock to the Gathering of the Vibes, a weeklong music and arts festival.
Fall is a wonderful time for this area with temperatures falling to comfortable levels in the 60s and 70s through October. Once in a while, a nor'easter will cause a few days of cold, raw conditions. Vibrant leaf colors blaze and beckon you outdoors. Area fall festivals include the East Haven Fall Festival, St. Peter's Amnual Apple Festival, and the Only Scream, a Halloween celebration.
Winter in Bridgeport is cold, wet, and snowy. Nor'easters in the winter months can rack up snow totals pretty fast; some even cause blizzard conditions in the area. Average highs from December through February hover between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Lows are in the 20s. Snow doesn't generally come in large amounts or stick around long. There are many wintertime and indoor things to do that make these frosty days fun!
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Bridgeport, CT:
Bridgeport by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean price patterns by star rating class in Bridgeport, CT. You can use these line graphs to evaluate the most cost effective time to book in Bridgeport for your upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotels in and Around Bridgeport, CT
4 Star Average Prices: $127.63
There are some wonderful options for high-class lodging around Bridgeport. The Delamar in Southport is worth the short drive up the interstate. This ocean side hotel is close to Pine Creek Golf Course and the Connecticut Audubon Birdcraft Museum. All rooms boast minibars, flat screen TVs with cable, wired and wireless internet, safes, and desks. Hire the hotel's child care service and take your beloved on the complimentary beach shuttle for an afternoon picnic. Rest your weary muscles in the steam room or enjoy a facial, massage, or body treatment at the spa. Dive into a meal at the Artisan Restaurant, Tavern, & Garden or order room service for privacy. Enjoy a free hot and cold breakfast daily.
The Heritage Hotel lies about 25 miles from Bridgeport, close to Southford Falls State Park and Lake Lillinonah. Choose from two Sealy pillow top beds to an Executive Suite with views of the Pomperaug River. The top-of-the-line rooms include a wet bar, whirlpool tub, pull out couch, flat screen with cable, video game rental, and blackout blinds. The Timbers, a gorgeous room with a stone fireplace, hosts daily breakfast buffets. Enjoy a dinner from The Tavern, serving pub fare with New England flair or order room service if you want.
Affordable Hotels in and Around Bridgeport, CT
3 Star Average Prices: $110.65
For simple, wallet-friendly rooms, consider the Super 8 in Milford. It's about 7 miles from Bridgeport up I-95 and is halfway between Bridgeport and New Haven. Nearby attractions include the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall and Port Milford. You'll enjoy clean rooms with free Wi-Fi and cable channels on the TV. With more than 1,000 square feet of meeting space, you can plan a wedding or party of epic proportions. Finish your stay with a free continental breakfast.
At Extended Stay America Shelton - Fairfield County, you'll be just outside of Bridgeport and close to Beardsley Zoo and Sacred Heart University. Rooms feature the comforts of home including full-size kitchens with fridges, stoves, and microwaves. Entertainment options include complimentary Wi-Fi and 32-inch flat screen TVs with cable channels. Keep your fitness routine intact with free use of a nearby gym before enjoying a quiet lunch at the picnic area. Family travel is cheaper when kids under age 17 stay free with parents.
Just up the interstate from Bridgeport lies the Red Roof Inn Milford. You'll be minutes from Silver Sands State Park and Port Milford. Book a superior king room for free Wi-Fi, unlimited local and long distance calls, and fax service for better work trips. Premium rooms have free welcome boxes with water, orange juice, popcorn, granola bars, and trail mix. Make family trips a breeze with pet-friendly and adjoining rooms. Kids under age 17 stay free in a parent's room, making it even more family friendly.