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Dubois Beach - Stonington Borough Merchants - Stonington, CT
Stonington Borough Connecticut

Sandy beach at scenic peninsula’s tip perfect for a day of family fun

Bring your umbrella, your cooler and your tanning lotion and head to beautiful DuBois Beach at the tip of the mile-long peninsula that Stonington Borough calls home. The sandy beach, with 265 feet of shoreline, features gentle surf, shallow water depths, a shaded gazebo, an anchored dock – even jetties so the kids can go crabbing. It’s a great spot to catch some rays and enjoy the view across the breakwater (make sure you come back for the sunset). There’s a small grassy park, perfect for picnics. This is a clean, family-oriented beach, with lifeguards in-season, that’s a favorite with locals and visitors alike and suitable for even the littlest of tykes.
Ocean Beach Park Beach and Seagull New London CT
Ocean Beach Park

1225 Ocean Avenue New London, CT, 06320 Phone: 860-447-3031 Toll-Free: 800-510-7263

Sugar-sand makes for sweet time at beach park

A half-mile of soft sugar-sand beach awaits visitors to friendly Ocean Beach Park, and the pristine beach, meticulously groomed, is wide enough so you and your family can really stretch out with your umbrella and blanket. While the little ones are building sand castles, you can be sitting back and watching ferries pass through Long Island Sound. Stroll over to the park’s old-fashioned boardwalk for a meal, a cocktail, a round of mini golf, a kiddie spraypark, a little Skee-ball or amusement rides. Entertainment includes free beach blanket movies Tuesday nights.
Parking fees (includes park admission): Weekends $23, Weekdays $17, Weeknights after 6pm $8, Fireworks Evenings $10. Seasonal parking passes available. Walk-in Admission $6. See website for more information & fees for rides/attractions.
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Misquamicut State Beach

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

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).
Sound View Beach

End of Hartford and Swan avenues Old Lyme, CT Phone:

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.
Rocky Neck State Park

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

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 full description of Rocky Neck State Park.
Harvey's Beach

Route 154 Old Saybrook, CT Phone: 860-395-3152

Open Memorial Day - Labor Day; parking fee

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.