Great Outdoors

the great outdoors ridgefield ct

Ridgefield’s physical beauty is quite a sight to behold. From a charming Main Street with picturesque streetscapes to wooded hillsides and majestic waterways, our town’s physical surroundings are truly breathtaking. If you are in town, be sure to make some time to stop and admire Ridgefield’s stunning scenery.

Garden of Ideas

Grab those hiking boots

One of the best ways to enjoy Ridgefield’s natural surroundings is to become fully immersed in it. Our town has over 5,000 acres of preserved open space, which includes wooded forests, rocky high tops, majestic farmland, and a few serene ponds. These beautiful landscapes are best enjoyed on foot as you trek through the hiking trails at one of Ridgefield’s state parks or natural preserves.

Weir Farm Art Center and National Historic Site

History in nature

Get the best of both worlds and take in some of Ridgefield’s natural surroundings while learning more about the town. Stop by Weir Farm Art Center and National Historic Site to visit the home of renowned impressionist painter J. Alden Weir and tour around the 60 acres of breathtaking woodlands that surround his estate. For a lovely way to admire Ridgefield’s streetscapes and architecture, take the Museum in the Streets walking tour and learn about the town’s Colonial roots.

Aquatic fun

Spend some time enjoying Ridgefield’s great ponds and lakes. Grab a few poles and some bait and head over to Bennett’s Pond or Seth Low Pierrepont State Park to fish. Or, take a day to relax and ride the waves on a kayak or paddle board at Martin Park Beach.

running in ridgefield ct

Friendly competition

If you are looking to get your heart pumping while admiring some gorgeous scenery, take part in one of Ridgefield’s races. TriRidgefield is an annual triathlon that combines a half-mile swim with a 12.75 mile bike ride and a 5k run at Martin Park Beach. The Ridgefield Half Marathon runs through downtown Ridgefield as well as along a few pretty scenic roads. While, Where the Pavement Ends Race winds through the hills of northern Ridgefield.

Day at the park

Take it easy and spend the day outdoors in one of Ridgefield’s pristine parks. Lay out in the sun, have a picnic, or enjoy a few lawn games at Ballard Park. Play a game of catch and hit one out of the park at Governor Park & Ciuccoli Field. Walk your dog and play some fetch at Bark Park Dog Park. Or, take a skateboard to Graham Dickinson SPIRIT Skate Park to practice a few new tricks.

For even more ways to enjoy Ridgefield’s natural surroundings, check out our Nature & Outdoors section under Things To Do