Connecticut's New Haven region has fine state and local parks
Lighthouse tours, water sports, marine biology programs, paddling tours
Located on the Atlantic flyway, the park is one of the most popular spots for bird watching along the East Coast. The East Shore Ranger program offers programs about marine ecology, sailing history, and the history of the forts. The East Shore Rangers lead group tours to the top of the Lighthouse by advance reservations only. To plan a tour, call 203-946-0790.
Several water-based adventure programs, including canoeing, kayaking are conducted at Lighthouse. For information on either of these or the Canoe New Haven schedule, call the Outdoor Adventure Coordinator at 203-944-6768.
The Lighthouse Park Carousel is one of less than 100 in use today. It includes 72 figures on a 60 foot platform. The Lighthouse Park Splashpad is a series of fresh water fountains.
Hours: Gates open year-round, 7 a.m. to sunset; season is from April 1 to November 1.
Parking fees: New Haven registered vehicles, free; non-resident vehicles, $20/day, $100/season
bounded by Livingston Street, Davis Street, State Street and the Mill River New Haven, CT Phone: 203-946-6086
Walking, fishing, paddling, picnicking, and more are done at this riverside park
Highlights of the park are climbing to the Summit of East Rock, which is accessible by foot, bicycle or car; the Trowbridge Environmental Center; the Pardee Rose Garden and Greenhouse (203-946-8142); and the Soldiers & Sailors Monument. Park map.
Hours: Open sunrise to sunset.
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
Hammonasset offers over 550 grassy campsites. Open for the season from May 21 through October 30 (call 203-245-1817). Camping fees: Camping fees: $35 a night for CT residents and $45 for non-Ct residents; rustic cabin is $70 a night for Ct residents and $85a night for non-CT residents.
Wintergreen Avenue Hamden, CT Phone:
Hiking, fishing, paddling
Hours: The park is open for walk-in access from 8 a.m. to sunset. The south overlook drive to the summit is open for vehicles from Memorial Day through October.
Edgewood Avenue New Haven, CT Phone: 203-946-8028
Lovely urban park; good for strolling, tennis, skateboarding, bird watching, relaxation
Hours: Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset
200 Mount Carmel Avenue Hamden, CT, 06518 Phone: 203-287-5658
Hiking and trout fishing are best activities at this ridge top park overlooking New Haven
Trout fishing is allowed; Sleeping Giant State Park is a designated Trout Management Area.