Get away to a beach with a dock, a gazebo and views to relax you at this coastal village
If your idea of a great getaway involves plunking your chair and umbrella down on a beach and watching the waves roll in, Stonington Borough has an idyllic spot for you. At DuBois Beach, the surf is gentle, the gazebo provides shade, and the views – of Stonington Harbor, Fisher’s Island Sound and Little Narragansett Bay – are just the ticket for a relaxing day on the coast. The beach, named by The Boston Globe as one of the 20 Best Beaches to Visit in New England, also has lifeguards, an anchored dock and jetties perfect for crabbing. Stonington Borough, the oldest village in Connecticut, also has a launching ramp for kayaks and a quiet place for swimming at the end of Diving Street.
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).
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, CTPhone: 860-739-5471
Sandy beach in CT state park; parking fees charged; lifeguards on duty Wednesdays through Sundays
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. 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 a full description on our State & Local Parks page.
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.