Founded in 1821 on the scenic shores of Long Island Sound, Bridgeport is one of the oldest urban communities in North America as well as Connecticut's largest manufacturing city.
Bridgeport has enjoyed a rebirth with the opening of new professional baseball and hockey venues, plans for corporate offices and new commerce and banking centers in the downtown area. Located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and Route 8, it has a stop along the Amtrak and Metro North railroad lines, with continuing service to Boston and Grand Central Station in New York City as well as ferry service to Long Island.
The large, culturally diverse population of Bridgeport has wide range of municipal services, including an extensive public school system. Called the Park City, Bridgeport is home to more than 25 parks and community gathering places, including Pleasure Beach.
The Beardsley Zoo is the state's only zoo. It has more than 300 species of animals. This city also is a flourishing cultural center. The Community Symphony presents various performances throughout the year since 1945. The Wonderland of Ice is a family-oriented ice skating facility is open year around.
The Barnum Museum showcases the career of American showman P.T. Barnum, who housed his circus in Bridgeport during winters. At the Downtown Cabaret Theatre, a professional non-profit organization producing quality musical and other theatre for children and adults in a cabaret setting.