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There will always be a special place in my heart for Shelton because it is where I grew up. When I went out of state for college and someone asked where I was from my response always went something like this: “Shelton, Connecticut. Home of the wiffle ball!” And although I had never seen inside that factory (I don’t believe they have tours), it was something that made us stand out and gave us that subtle claim to fame.
The city of Shelton is the most Eastern edge of Fairfield County and is nestled between the towns of Stratford, Trumbull, Monroe, Seymour, Derby, Orange and Milford. The population is approximately 40,000. Shelton has five public elementary schools which house Kindergarten through fourth grade. Students in grades 5th and 6th attend Perry Hill School and then move on to Shelton Intermediate School for 7th and 8th grade. There is one public High School: Shelton High School. Holy Trinity Catholic Academy is the sole parochial school in town (Pre-K through 8th grade).
1. Shelton Pride
Shelton is a city with a lot of pride. Orange and Black pride, to be exact. Shelton is home to the Gaels (and Gaelettes) and orange and black is where it’s at. Shelton residents celebrate and are passionate about their school sports teams and local theatre. Whether it’s at a Shelton High football game or downtown on Shelton Day, you’ll be sure to see local residents sporting their orange and black attire proudly.
2. Humble, Small Town Feel
It has been my experience that “Sheltonites” are friendly and down-to-earth people and there is a strong feeling of community. Many of the friends I grew up with continue to call Shelton (or close by) their home and are now raising families of their own there.
3. The Farms
Shelton has a number of family-friendly farm including Jones, Fairview, Beardsley, and Wells Hollow. Jones Family Farm is a great place for cutting down your own Christmas tree, picking your own berries (strawberries and blueberries), harvesting pumpkins and enjoying a glass of handcrafted wine. Fairview Tree Farm is another local farm where you can cut down your own Christmas Tree. Beardsley’s Cider Mill and Orchard is a wonderful place to pick your own apples, grab an apple cider donut, get some fresh apple cider or pick up a delicious homemade pie. Wells Hollow Farm has a great creamery where you can have a taste of delicious homemade ice cream (50 flavors) while enjoying their farm animals.
4. Activities/Things to Do
Shelton has a number of places for kids to get involved and moving including the Shelton Community Center – Shelton Parks and Recreation, the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Shelton, as well as two local libraries.
5. Sports Center of Connecticut
Sports Center of Connecticut offers a plethora of things to do to keep the little (and big) ones entertained year-round. From ice skating and hockey, to laser tag and miniature golf, Sports Center is where it’s at. They have an arcade, batting cages, driving range, and a miniature bowling alley which is great for those little hands.
6. Concerts on the Green
Summer in Shelton doesn’t just mean school is out, it means concerts on the Huntington Green. Shelton’s “Music Under the Stars” is a series of free concerts that start in June and goes until the end of August. Concerts are family-friendly with locals sprawled out on big blankets and lawn chairs. And ice cream trucks are sure to make an appearance.
7. A Growing City
Over the last ten years, Shelton has continued to boom and grow. Bridgeport Avenue, in particular, has seen a lot of action as developments and new construction have added shopping centers, stores and restaurants to the town.
8. Low Taxes
Compared to other towns within Fairfield County, Shelton’s taxes are reasonably low.
9. Nature/The Outdoors
Shelton has a beautiful backyard of trees, nature, and foliage. Some of my favorite memories growing up were playing and exploring in my backyard woods with friends. Whether it was searching for salamanders, playing hide and seek, or accidentally stepping on a bees nest, we loved being outside. In addition, Shelton offers a dog park (Shelton Dog Park) and has great hiking trails at Indian Well State Park.
10. Mother’s Embrace Yoga
Mother’s Embrace Yoga is a quaint yoga studio tucked away in the White Hills section of Shelton. This little studio gives moms and expectant mothers a wonderful place to connect and gain support with other local moms.
Have you visited Shelton? Do you live here? What do you love about it?
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