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For more than a century, Branford has enjoyed its designation as an ideal summer escape, and while the trolleys and steamboats that originally brought travelers to the shore of Long Island Sound are now just a memory, it is still the largest of the Shoreline towns — and one of the most dynamic. Indeed, anyone with two wheels or four can still count on loads of summer fun. If you’re overnighting, check into one of Branford’s original hotels — the Owenego Inn, where a traditional shore dinner and the ebb and flow of the tides along 500 feet of direct oceanfront will ensure a sound night’s sleep. In the morning, head for Stony Creek and a leisurely boating tour around the Thimble Islands. After lunch, relax at Stony Creek Public Beach or bird watch on the Branford Trolley Trail. Walk the trails at the Supply Pond Park, explore Short Beach and Branford Point, or browse a bit at Stony Creek Antiques. Take a trolley ride to the Shore Line Trolley Museum in nearby East Haven. Or wander Branford’s Green, where boutiques, markets, and historic sites abound. Choose a restaurant nearby and make reservations for dinner. Then stop at Ashley’s Ice Cream for a cone to tide you over — or Willoughby’s Coffee for a cup to wake you up.

Expanded tour of Branford

  • Stony Creek Public Beach
    Thimble Islands Rd., 203-488-4017
  • Parker Memorial Park at Branford Point
    Harbor St., 203- 488-8304

  • Captain Bob Milne’s Volsunga IV
    203-481-3345
  • Captain Mike Infantino’s Sea Mist II
    203-488-8905
  • Captain Dave Kusterer's Islander
    203-397-3921
  • Connecticut Coastal Kayaking
    860-391-3837

  • Branford Trolley Trail
    West Point Rd., off Thimble Islands Rd.
  • Harborview Overlook at Branford Point
    Harbor St.
  • Branford Supply Ponds
    N. Chestnut St., off Rte. 1

  • Blackstone Memorial Library
    758 Main St., 203-488-1441
  • Harrison House Museum
    124 Main St., 203-488-4828
  • Shore Line Trolley Museum
    Southern terminus platform, off Court St., 203-467-6927
  • Stony Creek Antiques
    172 Thimble Islands Rd., 203-488-4802

  • Bud's Fish Market
    Montowese St., in Indian Neck, 203-488-1019
  • Nellie Green's
    50 Maple St., Branford River Marina., 203-483-8400
  • Lenny's Indian Head
    205 S Montowese St., 203-488-1500
  • Home
    1114 Main St., 203-483-5896
  • Hanami
    906 W Main St., 203-208-1207
  • Assaggio "A Taste"
    168 Montowese St., 203-483-5426
  • Su Casa Mexican Restaurant
    400 E Main St., 203-481-5001
  • Le Petit Cafe
    225 Montowese St., 203-483-9791
  • 9 East Hibachi & Asian Kitchen
    310 E Main St., 203-315-8111

  • Owenego Inn
    40 Linden Avenue, 203-488-3805
  • By the Sea Inn and Spa
    107 Montowese St., 203-483-3333