Welcome to Milford
A historic coastal city with a small-town feel.
Milford, Connecticut, located along the Long Island Sound, is one of the area’s best-value towns. The town is known for its 17-mile shoreline—the longest in Connecticut! With numerous parks and beaches, stunning views, and plenty of shops and restaurants, this town truly offers the best of both coastal and suburban living.
While Milford is a coastal town like those in Fairfield County, it’s located just over the line into New Haven County, where both taxes and housing prices are lower. Milford is home to many Cape Cod-style houses built around World War II, while many houses are older, including 19th century New England Colonials. The town has a vast array of architectural styles, including charming historic homes near the town green, coastal bungalows by the shore, and luxury homes with amazing water views. Condominiums and summer rentals are also popular in Milford, a beach town that’s become a favorite summer destination.
What to Love
14 miles of shoreline
People & Lifestyle
Milford is a lovely Connecticut suburb with small-town charm, offering all the comforts of home in a picturesque beach setting. Many residents live in the area their entire lives, opting to retire by the water. The downtown area is quaint, featuring boutiques and all the usual retailers we’ve come to love.
For years, Milford has been a popular place to purchase a second home, especially for city dwellers looking to escape to the beach. The area has also become popular with retirees and empty-nesters looking to downsize and relax in a beautiful, scenic town. Milford has a senior center that offers plenty of fantastic programs, and the city is just a train ride away for those who still want to experience New York City.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Milford offers plenty of shopping and dining options for residents, much of it on the banks of the Milford Harbor. With plenty of delicious diners, family restaurants, and fine dining establishments, you’re certain to find a new favorite.
Check out the Connecticut Post Mall
for all your shopping needs—it’s also home to many casual restaurants and even a movie theater. Retail favorites like Target, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Home Goods, and much more can be found throughout town, as well as shops like Inside Living Style
and many more small boutiques in the Milford Green area.
offers classic New England seafood in a gorgeous formal dining room, while Greek Spot Cafe and Grill
serves delicious gyros, coffees, and other Greek entrées in a more casual setting with beach views. Locals enjoy drinks and pastries at Cafe Atlantique
, which features a dog-friendly patio, and there’s also The Corner Brunch
, a cozy brunch spot located downtown.
Things to Do
There’s plenty of things to do with friends and family in Milford! Free summer concerts, sand sculpture contests, and a weekly farmers’ market are all held at Walnut Beach
, and the fun continues at the many other outdoor areas Milford has to offer.
Milford is famous for its Oyster Festival
—known locally as “Oysterfest”—which is held every August and draws thousands of attendees. At the festival, visitors can enjoy music, arts and crafts, amusement rides, delicious food, and of course, oyster shucking. In the summer, a fabulous Fourth of July fireworks show happens along the shoreline, and residents also love PorchFest
, a music event where people perform from their porches.
Due to Milford’s beautiful location on the coast, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside and enjoy nature. Bask in the sun at the sprawling Silver Sands State Park
or enjoy the natural beauty at Milford Land Conservation Trust
Milford is home to several excellent schools that belong to the Milford Public School District. Top private educational opportunities include:
Lauralton Hall High School, 9-12, private independent Roman Catholic high school for girls
Milford Christian Academy, K-12, private Christian school