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Residents love Ridgefield for its picturesque landscapes, vibrant cultural scene, charming downtown area, and tranquil green spaces. The Fairfield County town, founded in 1708, also boasts a rich history and has been known as a center of farming, silversmithing, and early manufacturing, as well as a former summer resort for wealthy New York City dwellers. Today, its mix of modern amenities and historic charm plus its proximity to Westchester County and easy commute to Manhattan make it a popular spot for area homebuyers.

Here are some of the best things to eat, buy, see, and do in Ridgefield:


Ridgefield Cultural District

In many ways the heart of the town, the Ridgefield Cultural District is a walkable area (drivable and bikable, too!) boasting arts, history, music, performance, shopping, and dining destinations. Designated in May 2021, Ridgefield was named as Connecticut’s first official “Cultural District” by the Connecticut Office of the Arts. The district aims to be a “thriving, innovative, collaborative, sustainable, inclusive, and diverse nonprofit and for-profit arts and culture community.” Highlights include Ballard Park, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Playhouse, and the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, among others.


Luc’s Cafe
3 Big Shop Ln, Ridgefield

Transport yourself to the streets of Paris at Luc’s Café, a cozy European bistro serving French-inspired cuisine. The menu includes gourmet crepes, savory soups and sandwiches, and French classics like steak tartare and moules frites. The popular eatery, with Parisian street scenes etched on the walls, also hosts special events like its annual Bastille Day celebration.

Gallo Ristorante
5 Grove St, Ridgefield

For an authentic taste of Italy, Ridgefield residents choose Gallo Ristorante for its traditional dishes and emphasis on finely crafted ingredients, including hand-ground flour and farm-fresh eggs. Try any of its homemade pasta dishes, wood-fired pizzas, or hearty entrees—all served in a welcoming and modern atmosphere. Another favorite is Gallo’s takeout family package: a choice of salad, appetizer, and two main courses feeds four to six people.


Keeler Tavern Museum
125 Main St, Ridgefield

The Keeler Tavern Museum serves as a window into Ridgefield’s storied past. Originally built in the 18th century, this historic landmark on a four-acre site in the heart of town offers guided tours that explore Ridgefield’s colonial heritage and Revolutionary War-era significance. Visitors can explore the museum’s period-furnished rooms, stroll through the landscaped gardens, and gain insight into the lives of the families who once called Keeler Tavern home. The main museum, a 1713 Colonial home, is complemented by the Garden House and Red Carriage Barn, also located on the property.

Martin Park Beach
19 Great Pond Rd, Ridgefield

Sunbathing, swimming, and kayaking in the natural, spring-fed pond are all available at Martin Park Beach. The location draws visitors with ample opportunities for fun: four sandy beach areas, docks, boat and paddleboard rentals, a playground, a volleyball net, a splash pad, and a zoom floom waterslide. Open from May through Labor Day, the park is also a prime picnicking spot.

Hemlock Hills-Pine Mountain trail system
195 Danbury Rd, Ridgefield

Nature lovers find plenty to love at this eight-mile loop trail offering scenic views and diverse wildlife. Used for hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing as well as leisurely nature exploration, the trail is dog-friendly and best visited between March through October. Trail experts rate the loop as challenging, so be ready for adventure!

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