The City of Bridgeport offers a few tourist attractions, but it is not a well-known tourist destination. Offering beaches and parks, the biggest attractions in the Port of Bridgeport are the Barnum Museum and the Klein Memorial Auditorium, a performing arts theater. Nearby Greenwich is a popular holiday resort offering several fine dining opportunities.
The Port of Bridgeport has a humid subtropical climate with warm to hot and humid summers and snowy cold winters. Winters can be very cold, but the Long Island Sound softens seasonal extremes. Its proximity to the sea makes the Port of Bridgeport cooler in the summer and milder in the winter than inland locations. In 1996, the Port of Bridgeport received a record 195 centimeters of snow. Temperatures range from an average high of 28 °C (82 °F) in July to an average low of -5 °C (23 °F) in January.
The Port of Bridgeport's Barnum Museum celebrates the impresario's life in an 1893 gothic-style building that is on the National Register of Historic Places. The exhibits focus on "Barnum the Man," "Showman to the World," and "Barnum's Bridgeport." The displays include Barnum's famous three-ring circus and exhibits on General Tom Thumb and the "Swedish Nightingale" Jenny Lind. In addition to permanent and temporary exhibits focused on Barnum and the circus, the museum features special events and programs.
The Klein Memorial Auditorium in the Port of Bridgeport is home to a variety of performances, including regular appearances by the Greater Bridgeport Symphony. The 1400-seat Art Deco building was designed by architect Leonard Asheim and opened 1940. Since then, its stage has been graced by personalities like Martin Luther King Jr., Eleanor Roosevelt, Paul Robeson, Leonard Bernstein, Della Reese, Victor Borge, and Arthur Fiedler. It is also available for local civic events and ceremonies.