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A Few Favorite Attractions

We wanted to showcase a few favorite spots in town. From dining and shopping to relaxing and exploring, there is certainly no shortage of extraordinary places in our charming New England cove. The places you'll find on these pages have a particular flair for the historic, yet are modern in their own right. 

Ballard Park

Ridgefield’s iconic Ballard Park, centered right in town on Main Street across from the Ridgefield Library, is a local’s haven for rest and relaxation. From Spring picnics and Summer concerts (most notably, the CHIRP concerts) to birthday parties and other town events, it’s easy to see why Ballard Park appeals to residents and visitors alike. Offset with a playground that is always buzzing with children, a gazebo for couples to share a kiss, and a picturesque community garden, Ballard Park is an ideal spot for anyone looking to take in that traditional New England charm.

The Prospector Theater

Arguably the most fantastic movie theater on the East Coast, The Prospector Theater, which came to life in 2014, is a truly unique, truly special place that any movie-goer will fall in love with. The Prospector, as it’s called by locals, is a non-profit dedicated to providing employment to people with disabilities, with approximately 74% of its workforce made up of people who self-identify with a disability. Located in the heart of Ridgefield, just off Main Street behind The Ridgefield Library, this local treasure features a 4-screen theater, concession stand and cafe, which serves everything from coffee and tea to beer and wine — and of course, classic movie snacks like popcorn and Milk Duds.

Ridgefield Rail Trail

The Ridgefield Rail Trail is a favorite for avid walkers, following an old rail corridor for 2.3 miles from downtown Ridgefield to the Branchville section of town. Residents utilize this easy-going, flat path for walking, running, strolling their kids, or walking their dogs year-round. The trail is open from dawn to dusk, every day of the week. The rail was constructed in 2000 by Connecticut Light and Power in order to “enhance the town’s open space” and give residents a place to safely walk, jog, and enjoy Ridgefield’s beautiful natural surroundings. Parking for the trail can be accessed on Haplin Lane, as well as the Ridgefield Playhouse.

The Meetinghouse

The Ridgefield Meetinghouse may best be described as a hidden gem that welcomes people into a place of spiritual maturity. A special hub of Farm & Garden and Art & Wellness, the directors like to discern they are "a place to nourish and flourish through mind, body, and soul." The Meetinghouse has always served a dual purpose as a house of worship and place of public assembly, currently working on important projects like Ruby's Little Pantry that helps fight food insecurity in Ridgefield, among countless others. Check out their website for upcoming art shows, concerts, and other community-driven events at

The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum 

The Aldrich Museum was founded by art collector and fashion designer Larry Aldrich in 1964. Today, it stands as one of the oldest contemporary art museums in the United States that is comprised of non-collecting art, and is the only museum in Connecticut solely dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art. From stylish events to unique exhibitions to children and family programs and beyond, the Aldrich sets an exceptional standard for Ridgefield's art scene. Further details can be found at their website,