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Connecticut beaches offer great swimming variety from ocean to lakes to rivers

Silver Sands Park Road (Exit 35 off I-95) Milford, CT Phone: 203-735-4311

Saltwater swimming and fishing; free admission; lifeguards on duty Wednesdays through Saturdays

Swimming and fishing (saltwater) are allowed at this park, which features Charles Island, legendary location of Captain Kidd's buried treasure. Admission is free.
Season & Hours: All year, daily, 8 a.m.-sunset Park map.

Beach Street West Haven, CT Phone: 203-937-3651

Part of a stretch of beach front form Bradley Point Park to the Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary
Hours: Beaches are open from 9 a.m.–dusk daily. Lifeguards are on duty weekends only through June 22, daily from June 23–August 17 and weekends only from August 23–September 1. Daily supervision is from 10:15 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fees: Daily parking fees for non-residents is Memorial Day to Labor Day, $10 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and $5 after 4.

Lighthouse Point Park

Lighthouse Road New Haven, CT Phone: 203-946-8019

Lighthouse tours, water sports, marine biology programs, paddling tours

This multi-faceted park on Long Island Sound has beaches for swimming, boating, and other water sports along with a lighthouse (open for tours) and lots of opportunities for kids and adults to learn about marine ecology.
Parking fees: New Haven registered vehicles, free; non-resident vehicles, $20 a day and $100 for the season; out-of-state vehicles, $30 a day, no seasonal parking. Learn about other fees.
See full description of Lighthouse Point Park.

Clinton Town Beach

Waterside Lane Clinton, CT Phone: 860-669-6901

Open: Memorial Day - Labor Day, 9 am - 5 pm daily

This is a sandy beach facing the entrance to Clinton Harbor with views of Long Island Sound. Enjoy the beach at high tide, and walk out to the sand bars in Clinton Harbor at low tide. There is a car-top boat access area for sea-kayaks and car-top boats, and a walkway for fishing off an old stone bridge that crosses the Hammock River at the entrance. In season, sanitary facilities and a food concession are open to the public. A pavilion is available for picnic lunches as well as a viewing platform with interpretive signs to enjoy wildlife in adjacent tidal marshes. Lifeguards on duty during daytime hours.
Cost: Residents may purchase a seasonal beach pass for $20. Non-residents must pay a $25 per day parking fee.

Park Avenue and East Broadway Milford, CT Phone: 203-783-3280

The beach community puts on a summer art festival and outdoor concert series.
Fees: Walnut Beach is free for Milford residents who have a beach parking sticker (available at the Parsons complex). Non-resident visitors will be charged $15 per car from Memorial day through Labor day.

Captain Thomas Blvd. West Haven, CT Phone: 203-937-3651

Park of a system of beaches from Bradley Point Park out to the Sandy Point Beach and Bird Sanctuary.
Hours: Beaches are open from 9 a.m.–dusk daily. Lifeguards are on duty weekends only through June 22, daily from June 23–August 17 and weekends only from August 23–September 1. Daily supervision is from 10:15 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fees: Daily parking fees for non-residents is Memorial Day to Labor Day, $10 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and $5 after 4.

1288 Boston Post Road Madison, CT Phone: 203-245-2785

Very large park on Long Island Sound offers swimming, salt water fishing, boardwalk, lots of camping sites; lifeguards on duty Wednesdays through Sundays

Two miles of beach welcome swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen at this large shoreline park on Long Island Sound.
Beach parking 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 Hammonasset Beach State Park.

Beach Street West Haven, CT Phone: 203-937-3651

The tip of a stretch of beach front from Bradley Point Park. Near the Sandy Point estuary, one of the sites featured on the Connecticut Coastal Birding Trail.
Hours: Beaches are open from 9 a.m.–dusk daily. Lifeguards are on duty weekends only through June 22, daily from June 23–August 17 and weekends only from August 23–September 1. Daily supervision is from 10:15 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fees: Daily parking fees for non-residents is Memorial Day to Labor Day, $10 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and $5 after 4 p.m.

Captain Thomas Blvd. -- Exit 42 off I-95 West Haven, CT Phone: 203-937-3651

Small sandy beach and paved walkway; parking fee in summer

This park has a small sandy beach and a walkway parallel to Long Island Sound. Facilities include volleyball court and portable toilets. On-site parking is available. A 1.7-mile walkway for pedestrians, bicyclists and roller-bladers connects beaches from Bradley Point Park to Sandy Point, with views of the Sound most of the way.
Hours: Beaches are open from 9 a.m.–dusk daily. Lifeguards are on duty weekends only through June 22, daily from June 23–August 17 and weekends only from August 23–September 1. Daily supervision is from 10:15 a.m.–3 p.m.
Fees: : Daily parking fees for non-residents is Memorial Day to Labor Day, $10 from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. and $5 after 4.