Hello and welcome to this driving tour of Bridgeport, Connecticut presented by Insight Guides. My name is Katherine and I’ll be your guide. This driving tour takes approximately 2.5 hours to complete, not including any time spent touring museums or any buildings. You can stop at any time and start again at the same spot later. You can follow the route on your phone or simply listen as I guide you from one sight to the next. I’ll be giving you clear directions and the audio will automatically start playing when you get close to the next sight on the tour. Don’t worry if you need to skip a sight as the tour will pick up at the next location. One more thing before we get started – always be aware of your surroundings and be sure to obey all traffic signals.
A leading industrial city in the 18th and mid-19th centuries, Bridgeport faced some hard knocks toward the mid-20th century as businesses and residents moved away and impacted the city’s economic vitality. Today, like other urban destinations, Bridgeport is gradually being revitalized with the conversion of defunct buildings into housing, shops and art spaces and the steady promotion of long-time attractions. There’s a growth in entertainment options such as Webster Bank Arena for concerts and an annual Gathering of the Vibes concert series that is set to return in 2017. On this tour we’ll see three different areas of the city, with attractions fit for both children and adults. We’ll visit the places that continue to hold their own in being a hangout spot, a place for getting a bite to eat or a reminder of not just Bridgeport’s legacy, but also its host state.
So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started!
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