Go for Walk? Look at An-i-mal? A Trip to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center

Mom, we're hungry!


If you want to go on an afternoon outing that doesn’t involve sitting at a bar or staring at a screen, a trip to the Stamford Museum and Nature Center might be just what you’re looking for.  Located at 39 Scofieldtown Rd., the SMNC boasts beautiful hiking trails, seasonal exhibitions — and of course, a lot of cute animals.  (Because no matter how hard you pretend to be, there’s nothing more adorable than river otters and baby goats!)

Here’s all the info you need:


  • Bendel Mansion & Galleries
    Mon.- Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Sun., 11 am – 5 pm
    Overbrook Building
    Hours vary
    Heckscher Farm
    Daily 9 am – 5 pm; April – October
    Daily 9 am – 4 pm; November – March
    Nature’s Playground
    Daily 9 am – 5 pm (weather permitting)
    Animal Embassy
    Tues. – Sun. 10 am – 2 pm; January – May
    Summer Hours: Tues. – Sun. 10 am – 3:30 pm
    Friday nights, 8 pm – 10 pm (8:30 pm – 10:30 pm summer) weather permitting.
SMNC river otter
Edie the Otter takes stock of visitors...


  • Adults: $10
    Seniors (65+): $8
    Students (18+): $6 (with valid ID)
    Children (4-17) $5
    Members, children 3 and under, and visitors with a bus pass or transfer ticket: Free

The SMNC has a tarantula exhibit in the museum through September 3.  They also host a farmers market on Fridays through October 26, from 10a-2p (no admission fee required).

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