Fairfield affords many recreation opportunities for residents in our town: 170 acres of parks, five miles of beaches, golf courses, tennis facilities, marinas, picnic areas, town events, and an abundance of venues to enjoy the the town's abundance of natural beauty.
Fairfield has five beaches: Penfield Beach, Jennings Beach, Sasco Beach, Southport Beach, and South Pine Creek Beach. Jennings Beach is home to South Benson Marina and the town skate park. Penfield boasts the Penfield Pavilion, the Jacky Durrell Pavilion, and the newly-constructed Jessica Rekos Memorial Playground, one of 26 playgrounds built to honor the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Information on beach parking stickers can be found here. Freshwaster lovers can enjoy a swim at Lake Mohegan. Lake Mohegan also has a sprinkler park for the children and lots of hiking trails that allow dog walking.
Because it's a shoreline town, Fairfield has many boaters--and the town has two marinas, the South Benson Marina which accommodates 630 boats from 14.1’ to 36' and Historic Ye Yacht Yard at Southport Harbor with space for 60 small boats to a maximum 14”. Ye Yacht Yard also provides boat launch services to residents and access to moorings in Southport Harbor as well as 25 Kayak racks are available. There are also boat rack rentals available at Penfield Beach and Jennings Beach. Jennings Beach also features a well-used fishing pier with a bait shack nearby.
Fairfield is now implementing a townwide bicycle path network plan to create safer bike routes for those who enjoy recreational biking and also to encourage biking as an alternative method of transporation in town. The first marked route is now completed: Mill Plain Road and Unquowa Road, from Brookside Road to the Post Road. Fairfield is also installing bicycle parking at popular destinations and the train station. View the planned bicycle rack locations here.
Fishing, Shellfishing & Hunting
Fishing licenses are required for fresh- or salt-water fishing. Licenses can be obtained in person at the Town Clerk's office or online at the Department of Environmental Protection. Fees for freshwater fishing are $28 and for salt-water fishing, $10. A combination fresh/salt-water fishing license is $32.
Firearms/Bow hunting and trapping licenses are available through the Town Clerk's office. A Hunter Safety Course is required and must be completed and proof presented to the Town Clerk's office before a license will be issued. For information on this course, call 860-642-7239 or register online. Courses are free. Firearms hunting license fee: $19, combination all waters fishing/firearms license fee: $38; trapping license: $34.
Shellfishing permits can be obtained at the Conservation Department. Permits are required for recreational and commercial gathering of shellfish. More information on permits, requirements, and fees can be found here.
Golf & Tennis
Golfers will enjoy the town's public 18-hole golf course, the par-three course, and driving range. Course information and tee times can be found here. Tennis lovers of all ages and levels can find programs at the Fairfield Indoor Tennis Club. Golf and Tennis are also available at three private country clubs, Brooklawn Country Club, The Country Club of Fairfield and The Patterson Club. Tennis courts are also available at the private Fairfield Beach Club.
For those who wish to commune with nature, Fairfield is filled with great open space areas. There are areas for hiking, horseback riding, dog walking, fishing, and just enjoying wildlife. The Connecticut Audubon Society Center at Fairfield features hiking trails, indoor and outdoor nature programs, and a variety of children's programs including summer camps. The separately located Audubon Society Birdcraft Museum also offers a hiking trail around a pond, a museum, and programs for adults and children.
Visit the Parks and Recreation Department for more information and to sign up children for the many youth programs in town including soccer, basketball, karate, yoga, tennis, golf along with arts, music, and educational programs. Brochures are sent to residents three times a year for Summer, Fall/Winter, and Spring activities.The Center also boasts a state-of-the-art Fitness Center.
Fairfield offers many special events including a summer concert series at the Sherman Green Gazebo, movies on the beach, a Christmas tree lighting, a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display on the beach, a Christmas Tree lighting, a number of walks/runs/bike rides for charity, and water and fishing activities as well.