Connecticut beaches offer great swimming variety from ocean to lakes to rivers
1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-447-3031 Toll-Free: 800-510-7263
Rated one of the best beaches by National Geographic
When all the activity makes you hungry you have dining choices; our full-service restaurant, a food court, or ice cream stands. Ocean Beach Park can also accommodate picnics and corporate events. Our nightly entertainment schedule includes Classic Car Cruises on Mondays; kids movies on the beach Tuesday; live magic on Wednesday; Sock Hop on Thursday; and live bands on Friday.
Parking fee includes park admission for everyone riding in the car. Weekends, $22; weekdays, $17; week nights, $6; movie and magic show, $6; holidays, $30; Monday cruise night, free; fireworks nights, $6; pre- and post-season weekends, $10. Season parking decals: New London resident, $75 year-round; New London senior, $25; non-resident, $110.
Scenic, simple, salt-kissed and satisfying
End of Hartford and Swan avenues Old Lyme, CT Phone:
Parking: Old Lyme residents with stickers park for free. Non-residents may use the town parking lot, private lots, and street parking for a fee. Fees are weekdays, $5 for two hours; weekends and holidays, $7 for two hours. Payment is at kiosks, which accept cash, Master Card and Visa.
244 West Main Street (Route 156) East Lyme, CT Phone: 860-739-5471
Sandy beach in CT state park; parking fees charged; lifeguards on duty Wednesdays through Sundays
Hours: Daily, 8 a.m. to sunset.
Fees:Memorial Day-Labor Day: weekdays, $9 for Connecticut vehicles and $15 for out-of-state vehicles; weekends and holidays, $13 for CT vehicles and $22 for out-of-state; fees after 4 p.m. on all days are half the day rate. Mid-April to Memorial Day and Labor Day-October: parking is free on weekdays and in-state fees apply on weekends. Parking is free off-season.
See full description of Rocky Neck State Park
Route 154 Old Saybrook, CT Phone: 860-395-3152
Open Memorial Day - Labor Day; parking fee
Parking fee: for non-residents, weekdays, $20 per car; weekends and holidays, $30 per car.
257 Atlantic Avenue Westerly, RI Phone: 401-596-9097
Ocean beach operated by the State of Rhode Island, but close to SE Connecticut; parking fees charged
Season & Hours: May through Memorial Day, open weekends only, weather permitting; Memorial Day through Labor Day, open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fees: Weekday resident, $10 (senior, $5); non-resident, $20 (senior, $10). Weekend resident, $14 (senior, $7); non-resident, $28 (senior, $14). Season rate resident, $60 (senior, $30); non-resident, $120 (senior, $60).