1. Walnut Beach
113 East Broadway, Milford, CT 06460
Located on the edge of the Long Island Sound, this sandy beach is ideal for sunset strolls and pier fishing. It's also host to sandcastle building competitions and its picninc area provides a sand free dining space without losing the views. This beach is a real crowd pleaser!
2. Dubois Beach
Water Street, Stonington Village, CT 06378
Stonington Borough is one of the most scenic towns in the state, so it's no surprise they have such a beauty for a beach. The shallow waters make it perfect for a family visit, especially with the soft sand and on-site pavilion. Explore the seaside village when you're done for a day of fun.
3. Pear Tree Point Beach
90 Pear Tree Point Road
Darien, CT 06820
This beach is actually two great beaches combined. Come enjoy the eight acre paradise of waterfront views, complete with tables, grills, bath house and more. Since it's located at the mouth of the Goodwives River, you can also take advantage of the Darien Boat Club.
4. White Sands Beach
11 Seaside Avenue,
Old Lyme, CT 06371
This small beach is quite lovely and is home to spectacular views of the Long Island Sound. This spot has a beautiful beach walk with access to the Griswold Point Preserve, making it perfect for summertime explorers. It's mostly for residents only, but non-residents are free to us the parking lot duirng off season.
5. Clinton Town Beach
96 Waterside Lane, Clinton, CT 06413
Here's a beach that's starting to rival its much larger competitors. View the ocean and the docks with the convenience of restrooms, showers, concessions, volleyball courts and more at this small town beach. Cross the bridge over the Hammock River for a fishing escape.
6. Lighthouse Point Park
2 Lighthouse Point Road
New Haven, CT 06512
This 82-acre park is a place all ages can enjoy. The older folks will appreciate the light house, bird sanctuary, and the beautifully kept antique carousel. But the kids will love swimming in the sound and checking out the splash pad. Everybody wins.
7. Jennings Beach
880 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
This large beach boasts soft white sand and calm blue waters. Another beauty on the sound, this public beach has an access pier and a food concession area. That means all you have to bring is yourself and a towel for a day in the sun.
8. Weed Beach
155 Waterlane Road, Darien, CT
This 22 acre park is the perfect spot for thrill seekers who love to be on the water, as this spot is one of the few with a designated wind surfing area. It's also home to playgrounds and tennis courts. Get the backdrop of the beach while you enjoy other activities at this oasis.
9. Eastern Point Beach
1084 Shennecossett Road, Groton, CT 06340
It's time for a sweet escape. Located at UConn's Avery Point campus, this small beach rests at the mouth of the Thames River. Here you'll find playgrounds, showers and picnic tables, as well as lighthouse views. Walk the edge of the impressive campus for some great sights.
10. Milford Point
1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT 06460
The Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford PoinT is where you go when you want to enjoy the beach but don't care for getting wet. The crowd is usually small, but the boardwalk is lovely and you're almost guaranteed to spot birds since over 300 species live here. Relax and stroll at this panoramic locale.