Connecticut Nature June 25, 2016
by Taylor Ellis 10 Boardwalks In Connecticut That Will Make Your Summer Awesome
Boardwalks are essentially paths made of wooden planks, but not necessarily at a beach. Every boardwalk is unique! Some of these are beachfront, but some of these wrap through wetlands and cut across ponds. If I were you, I’d spend a day on each one and really get familiar with the paths. It would make for a great way to spend your Saturday mornings!
1. Ocean Beach Park (New London)
This extra wide boardwalk also includes covered benches to help you escape the heat. At half-a-mile long, this is great for a short walking date, especially if you stop at the cafe.
2. Silver Sands State Park (Milford)
This one extends from the parking lot to the beach. Watching the grassland fade into the sand is mesmerizing.
3. Niantic Bay (Niantic)
Just beside the train station, this walk follows the curve of the shoreline and forms the edge of the beach. With a smaller crowd than most of its competitors, this walk is likely a little quieter.
4. Harkness Memorial State Park (Waterford)
This short walk to the beach is also the spot for many a wedding. It just has that fairy tale look about it, complete with panoramic views of the beach and swaying grass.
5. Walnut Beach (Milford)
This board walk also has a railed observation area, perfect for looking out over the ocean. Feel free to cast a line from there, or just stick to a light stroll.
6. Captain's Cove Seaport (Bridgeport)
If you love the idea of walking a boardwalk, but hate the idea of isolation, then consider this attraction loaded boardwalk. It's covered with restaurants and shops!
7. Poquonnock River Walkway (Groton)
Travel through the wetlands on this easy boardwalk trail. With its small turns and even smaller dips, you'll be too distracted by the views to even realize you're exercising.
8. Audobon Center (Milford)
This town definitely loves its boardwalks! This one lets you explore the rolling plains while capturing incredible photos of birds.
9. White Memorial Conservation Center (Litchfield)
Like a scene from Brothers Grimm or a dark romance, this walk through the grasslands features black woods, no rails, and who knows where that curve leads. You'll have to visit to find out!
10. Savin Rock Boardwalk (West Haven)
Formerly the place of an amusement park, this walk comes with plenty of beaches and places to eat. Could definitely work for an evening stroll!
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