P.T. Barnum, Seaside Park, Bridgeport, CT


P.T. Barnum

So, what do you do when it’s 19 degrees out? 

We go for a ride! (It is warmer in the car after all!) We had a spare day or two before Liz and Craig’s Wedding and so we decided to do a little exploring out of Ossining, NY and up the Connecticut coastline.  Our first stop was in Bridgeport, where we found Seaside Park. P.T. Barnum, one of Bridgeport’s most famous residents was responsible for the development of the park.

“With its 325 acres of lush lawns, shady glades, and sports fields rolling toward Long Island Sound, Seaside Park is a park without peer on the Eastern Seaboard.”

Click on the photos to enlarge them!

Of course, on a day like today, we pretty much had the park to ourselves! (March 23, 2017)

I can only imagine how packed this park gets on a warm spring day! It lies only 65 miles or so north of New York City and is a favorite getaway for may of NYC’s residents on the warm summer days!

I wonder just how many people called 911?

Just to tell them the horses were sick or dead before they put up this sign?   I would venture to say that most of the people who visit this area from New York City, in the summertime, have mostly only seen horses “working” (Mounted Police Patrols) in the city, or perhaps in a zoo setting.


The Seaside Park is handicap accessible

It has wide paved walkways from one end to the other, providing ample space so you can enjoy this beautiful seaside park at your leisure. The roads through this park also run along the beaches, making it easy to see the entire park from the comfort of your vehicle as well, if that better suits you!

Unfortunately, The Barnum Museum was not open while were there.

But, I can only imagine the wonders that you might see there.  The Barnum Museum is open for viewing and tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, year-round. Make sure you save a little time for it and shoot me a note to tell me what we missed!

Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered.  Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others!  Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!

All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.

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