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Trumbull is the quintessential Connecticut that isn’t too big or too small – it’s just right.
This is a suburban area with the typical American mall and restaurants with plenty of outdoor space to burn off calories.
This is a city filled with homeowners and some retirees and the city has been ranked on many lists of the best places to live.
You can tell it’s not geared toward tourists as there is just one hotel in the city and that’s along the interstate at the south end of town.
There are more than 80 historical buildings, mostly homes, in this city and it’s safe enough here to drive through the neighborhoods and take in the historic views.
The Nichols Farms Historic District is the best place to see a blast from the past.
There is a lot to do in nearby Bridgeport, so you can check out our article “How Safe Is Bridgeport for Travel?” to learn more about that once you’ve explored all of Trumbull.
Warnings & Dangers in Trumbull
OVERALL RISK: LOW
There's a low overall risk here. It's a low-crime city with a laid-back atmosphere surrounded by either history or woods, and in some cases, both.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK: LOW
To get around the area, you'll use the Greater Bridgeport Transit Authority buses and if you want to visit New York, you can take the Metro-North New Haven train and arrive in about an hour. Taxis and rideshares are available. Every option is a low risk.
PICKPOCKETS RISK: LOW
There's a low risk here as no pickpockets or purse snatchings were reported in 2020.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK: LOW
There is a risk for about every season, but none of them is a really overwhelming concern and all of them are pretty easy to prepare for. Hurricane season is June through November, and while more hurricanes hit the southern states, Connecticut can get hurricanes on the coastline and tropical storms with extensive amounts of rain inland. Winter is going to bring several winter storms on average each year, and there might be a blizzard or two thrown in. It's just part of life for people here, but if you aren't used to winter weather, you should study up on snow emergencies in Trumbull on the Emergency Management section of the city's website. There's a low risk a major event is going to happen, but there will be storms of some kind year-round.
MUGGING RISK: LOW
There were nine robberies in Trumbell in 2020, and none of them were in public places. That means there's a low risk. Almost half of the robberies that did happen were in residential homes.
TERRORISM RISK: MEDIUM
There's a medium risk due to the large population area along this whole northeastern corridor and due to Trumbull's close location to New York City. Trumbull itself wouldn't be considered a hard target.
SCAMS RISK: LOW
The only scams reported here are the typical "car warranty" calls for locals. There's nothing for a tourist to worry about. There's a low risk of getting scammed.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK: LOW
Women are safe here and should feel comfortable driving around and enjoying the few amenities offered. Since there's not a lot of nightlife, I wouldn't recommend walking around at night looking for something to do.
TAP WATER RISK: LOW
There's low risk in tap water and all tests and samples meet or exceed requirements. No violations were reported in the latest annual water quality report from Aquarion Water.
Safest Places to Visit in Trumbull
The Trumbull Historical Society Museum is a great place to start because you can learn about the history of the city and get good directions to the Nichols Farms Historic District.
The people in this town are proud of its heritage and will share as many stories as you’re willing to listen to, so ask all the questions you want.
Indian Ledge Park is a popular place for mountain bikers and BMX riders.
Some of the videos on YouTube in this area are really cool.
There is also a sledding hill here in the winter that is very popular.
This part also hosts concerts throughout the year, so check the schedule before you go.
Old Mine Park marks the spot where quartz was mined for tool making in the early 1800s.
Inside the park, you’ll see a giant hole that is all that’s left of the quartz vein mined all those centuries ago.
It’s called “The Cut.”
There is a fence around it, and don’t try to climb it.
One man got stuck in there once and was trapped for 24 hours.
The Pequonnock River Trail is a great place for a morning or sunset run.
It runs for 16 miles from Bridgeport to Monroe, so you can choose how long you stay on the trail.
SeaQuest Trumbull is a family-friendly aquarium with many exciting activities, from swimming with stingrays to snuggling with a sloth, and even interacting with a mermaid.
I’m not quite sure what a porcupine has to do with the sea, but you can meet one of those as well, and I’m told their quills aren’t nearly as sharp as we think.
Places to Avoid in Trumbull
Crime maps show the area northeast of Merrit Parkway (aka “The Merrit”) and Highway 8 has the highest crime rates.
That is the center of town, so numbers are expected to be higher since there are more people there.
However, with only 22 violent crimes in a year, there really isn’t a “bad” part of this town.
Avoid losing your cool if you’re driving “The Merrit” parkway.
It can be very frustrating with so many local drivers, out-of-state drivers added in, and everyone is in a hurry.
In Trumbull, you won’t find much traffic at all, but once you hit the parkway, all bets are off and it’s every driver for themselves.
Safety Tips for Traveling to Trumbull
- Sign up for Trumbull Citizen Alerts while you’re there. You can use the address of the hotel or the rental home where you are staying. You can get alerts for weather, traffic, and criminal activity.
- When visiting Old Mine Park, you are not allowed to go anywhere near a mine entrance. Most of the mines that were there have collapsed and if you happen to find a way in, we might never hear from you again. Seriously, old mines are dangerous. Enjoy the park completely above ground.
- When visiting the parks, especially the larger ones, be on the lookout for mountain bikers. I was once hiking a peaceful empty trail in the middle of Lake Tahoe wilderness when out of nowhere two incredibly fast mountain bikers almost ran me over. The BMX trail is separate from the hiking trails, but mountain bikers can be found on the hiking trails in Trumbull.
- There’s another danger on those trails – ticks. Be sure to wear bug spray and check your body from head to toe (yes, even private areas because ticks love to hide there). Ticks can spread Lyme disease and you won’t get symptoms until several days later. Immediately remove any embedded ticks by pulling them out from their head.
- You should know the hunting seasons in Connecticut, which you can find on the website of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. There might be hunters in the woods while you’re hiking. That website is also where you can get a hunting and fishing license. Be sure to purchase the non-resident one.
- If you are there during a snowstorm, don’t park on the streets. Most snow storms will require the parking ban to go into effect. This allows snowplows to clean the streets. If you leave a car there, it could get towed or sideswiped by a snowplow. Neither of those options is a good one, so park anywhere legal off a public street.
- Out-of-towners will have to pay to park in the local parks. There is a $112 fee. If you have friends or family in Trumbull, they can get you a free two-week guest pass. You can also walk into a park for free, but you can’t park there.
- The city of Trumbull has a “Tourism Map” on its website with the top locations by number and type of attraction. This is a pretty small town, so the map is easy to read. Print one out before you go so you can use it as you explore.
- If you are planning a visit and a snowstorm or tropical system is approaching, consider canceling your trip. It’s not about how tough you are in severe weather, it’s more about how you might spend your vacation without power or supplies. Especially in the winter, it’s dangerous to be without power for an extended period of time.
- For those who do visit in the winter, ice skating is not allowed on any public lake or pond. The ice is never guaranteed to be thick enough for ice skaters. If you do see someone fall through the ice, or even an animal, don’t try to help. Call 911 and the specially-trained rescue squad will come help.
So... How Safe Is Trumbull Really?
It’s very safe by Connecticut standards and incredibly safe by national standards.
Here are the chances of becoming a crime victim in different categories:
- Violent Crime: 1 in 1673
- Robbery: 1 in 4091
- Theft: 1 in 57
Nearly half of the thefts reported come from car break-ins, so if you aren’t driving or if you lock up your car with no valuables inside, your chances go to 1 in 110.
Rarely does a murder happen in Trumbull.
This is about one of the safest cities you can visit in the state.
How Does Trumbull Compare?
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Visas get checked at the airport or port of entry. After that, you are free to roam the county, state, or community you choose to visit without further processing.
The U.S. Dollar is the only currency accepted here. All purchases can be made with credit card or mobile pay, so there's little reason to carry cash around.
You'll need winter layers and gloves/hat/scarf from November through March in Trumbull. Spring and fall can bring chilly nights, so a coat could be useful much of the year. Summer evenings are cooler, so a light jacket will suffice. There generally isn't extreme heat here in the summer, but you'll still be comfortable in shorts and a t-shirt or a sundress during the day.
Tweed-New Haven Airport is just 22 miles away, about a 30-minute drive. New York City metro area airports are about an hour to 90 minutes away by train.
Travel insurance would be a great idea as hurricanes and snowstorms cause possible travel delays throughout the year.
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