The Beardsley Zoo is the only zoo in Connecticut State located in Bridgeport. The zoo features an Indoor rain forest exhibit, a greenhouse, picnic area and a carousel which is open throughout the year. This 36-acre park-like zoo was established in 1920. This is a small and accessible zoo, perfect for half-a-day’s affair. The zoo has over 350 animals including 110 species. The animals at the zoo are very lively. You will probably see the tigers are roaming around inside the cage or monkeys are jumping from one tree to another or ocelots are playing with each other. The Beardsley Zoo is divided into five sections: Rainforest, Predator, Aviary, Hoofstock and Farmyard. This is a very well-maintained zoo. The staffs are friendly and welcoming. You will also come across volunteers are strolling around with small animals to show and tell children about the animals.There is a playground at the zoo for children. Enjoy the delicous food and drinks available at the Café. On your way out, you can buy souvenir from the gift shop. It will be a pleasant way to spend afternoon with your family. If you are looking for some sports and entertainment while you are in Bridgeport then you should checkout The Arena at Harbor Yard, home to the AHL Sound Tigers hockey and Fairfield University men's and women's basketball teams.
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Bridgeport is the most populous city in Connecticut. It is also the home to the Barnum Museum, a museum located in Bridgeport. The museum has extensive collection of artifacts related to P. T. Barnum and the history of Bridgeport. Completed in 1893, this three story museum is constructed with stone and terra cotta. The architectural influences to the museum range from Byzantine to Romanesque architecture. The exhibition features more than one hundred trees, vintage circus memorabilia and photography, most famous being the Three Ring Circus. Other exhibits include General Tom Thumb’s tiny leather boots and velvet suit, Jenny Lind, themes such as Barnum the Man and Barnum's Bridgeport. The museum celebrates the life of P.T. Barnum through various activities and programs. Bridgeport also has a children’s museum, The Discovery Museum and Planetarium. Located at 4450 Park Avenue, the museum serves as both a tourist destination and an educational resource center. It hosts three creative and traveling exhibits ever year. The goal of the museum is to educate and engage visitors through hands-on science exhibits, education programs, challenger learning center and planetarium presentations. The museum’s planetarium features a 33 feet domes ceiling and accommodate over 120 people. The planetarium projector is capable of displaying over 2500 stars. A cast statue Los Portadores de la Antorcha by Anna Hyatt Huntington can be seen on the right of the museum entrance.