Written by Susan Elnicki Wade
March 2020
The 200 slips on eight new state-of-the-art concrete floating docks that accommodate vessels from 25 to 300 feet have boaters from New York to Boston raving about the newest marina to grace Long Island Sound – Bridgeport Harbor Marina. The transformation from an industrial harbor to a modern recreation center is well underway. Here where steel mills once stood is now a growing maritime development, and Bridgeport Harbor Marina is at the center of all the action.

This full-service marina’s amenities include a private club house, pedestal- mounted potable water, pump out, fueling station, security cameras, patrol guards, restrooms, laundry and showers. Every necessity that a boater may need is covered.

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Bridgeport Harbor Marina

An onsite award-winning restaurant, the Boca Oyster Bar, was named the Best New Seafood Restaurant and Best  Outdoor Dining by Connecticut Magazine. With its outdoor Tiki Bar patio atmosphere and spectacular views overlooking Bridgeport Harbor and Long Island Sound, this is one place you cannot miss. Not in the mood for a big meal? Boaters can easily walk across the street for a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

Bridgeport Boatworks opened across the harbor last year with a team of mechanics and craftsmen ready to serve your maintenance, repair and upgrade needs. With its 75-ton and 200-ton travel lifts, Bridgeport Boatworks can service a variety of vessels while also providing indoor and outdoor winter storage.

The location is convenient and beautiful. It’s just off I-95 a quarter mile from Exit 29 with access to Sikorsky Memorial Airport a few miles away and Port Jefferson NY Ferry and Metro North train station situated along the western edge of the harbor.

In easy walking distance, guests can visit the Bass Pro Shops, Webster Bank Arena, home of the NY Islanders, Bridgeport Sound Tigers farm team and a year-round assortment of shows and sporting events. Other must-see venues include P.T. Barnum Museum, Klein Memorial Auditorium, Downtown Cabaret Theatre and a new outdoor amphitheater opening in July in association with Live Nation Entertainment. A few miles away, you can visit Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, Olmstead designed parks, historic sites, and scores of shops, restaurants and bars.

The 95-foot tall Lighthouse Building stands as the keystone of Steelpointe Harbor. Within its three-story, wood-paneled atrium and stunning sea glass chandelier is Boca, a top-notch restaurant that specializes in local oysters and seafood. Other nearby eateries: Ralph & Rich’s Italian American Restaurant, Haus Bridgeport, a traditional German beer hall, Joseph’s Steakhouse, and Brewport, a microbrewery that serves craft beer with delicious Connecticut-style pizza.

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Bridgeport Harbor Marina

Something is always happening in Bridgeport, but owner Robert Christoph, Jr. suggests that visitors should not miss the Steelpointe Yacht & Charter Boat Show in May and the Steelpointe International Boat Show in September, as well as the Barnum Festival that starts in the spring and ends with a parade and July 4th fireworks. Also, the must-see list includes Black Rock Day with the best little small-town parade in the United States in June, the neighborhood music festival Porchfest in August, and other ethnic and cultural events throughout the year.

As this fantastic destination continues to grow, the possibilities for boaters’ merriment and family fun are unlimited.