See what all the raves are about when you visit this sandy beach with gazebo, dock, jetties
You can read all about it: Not only did the Boston Globe call DuBois Beach in Stonington Borough one of the top 20 best beaches to visit in New England, but Southern Living magazine just recently listed it as one of the “Best Secret Beaches in the USA.” You’ll want to see for yourself what the raves are about when it comes to this sandy beach with gentle surf and shallows for the little ones to splash around in. There’s a shaded gazebo, anchored dock and jetties for crabbing as well as grand views of the harbor, the sound and Little Narragansett Bay. Stonington also has a launching ramp at the end of Diving Street for kayaks (and for a quiet swim).
Ocean beach operated by the State of Rhode Island, but close to SE Connecticut; parking fees charged
Seven miles of sandy, white beach, clean, clear, water with moderate surf little undertow. Parking for 3,000 cars. Picnic area, restroom, telephone, complete wheelchair access, warning signals for blind people, fire alarm signals for deaf people. 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).
End of Hartford and Swan avenuesOld Lyme, CTPhone:
Sound View offers numerous attractions including beach front restaurants, ice cream, a historic carousel, and its own craft beer. During the summer, the beach hosts many public entertainments, including a pancake breakfast, bird watching, movies under the stars, a road race, live music and a Fourth of July parade. There is not lifeguard on duty. Prohibited: alcoholic beverage, pets, motor vehicles, glass containers, ball playing, open fires, fireworks.
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.
Beachfront is 100 yards long and includes a concession stand, playground, changing rooms, bathrooms, shower tower. Lifeguards are on duty during operating hours. Open to Connecticut residents and non-residents. Managed by the town of Old Saybrook. Parking fee: for non-residents, weekdays, $20 per car; weekends and holidays, $30 per car.
244 West Main Street (Route 156)East Lyme, CT, 06357Phone: 860-739-5471
A white, sandy ocean beach is waiting at this popular park on Long Island Sound. Lots of other water sports and walks and bird watching are features of summer fun at this park. - Hiking Map (PDF) 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.