The State of Connecticut has a shoreline of over 600 miles of shoreline and provides ample opportunity for visitors and residents to enjoy the water’s edge.
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Located near Norwalk on Connecticut’s Gold Coast, Calf Pasture Beach is one of the largest in the area. With 33 acres, there’s plenty of room for sunning and sea activities. The annual “Kayaking for a Cause” charity function parties at Calf Pasture Beach after the Long Island Sound crossing by a group of 200 or more kayakers. Thousands of dollars have been raised for charitable causes.
Long Island Sound has quiet waters and is the perfect place for taking sailing lessons and many people take advantage of the light winds to learn some of the skills involved in navigating under wind power. The islands such as Sheffield Island where a lighthouse is open to explore and Chimon Island are easy anchorages for the novice sailors.
Bluff Point Beach is famous for its mountain biking. Bluff Point State Park is in Groton Connecticut near the eastern border of Connecticut where it joins Rhode Island. Numerous trails are appropriate for mountain bikers plus nearby Groton includes an historic ship Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum. Remains of the John Winthrop house dating back to the 1700’s can be seen near Bluff Point.
Clinton Town Beach is a great small beach suitable for children. The renovated playground near the miniature sandy harbor beach is perfect for summer activities. The town of Clinton is on the central Connecticut coastline.
Compo Beach at Westport has plenty of seashells for the kids to gather, plus wooden play structures for the children’s waterfront activities.
Victorian houses line the beachfront, for historical and visual interest. The beach is wide and sweeping, although parking fees are a bit higher here than at other beach parking lots.
Gulf Beach at Milford on the southwestern shore of Connecticut is one of several beaches in the vicinity of this historic town. The annual Oyster Festival held at Milford draws thousands to the city for the festivities. The beautiful sandy beach looks out toward Charles Island and includes a fishing pier. There is some handicap accessibility for parts of Gulf Beach.
Hammonasset Beach at Madison is another favorite beach for visitors to Connecticut’s coastline. Madison is just west of Clinton on the central Connecticut Coast. This beach is Connecticut’s largest public beach with over two miles of white sand beaches. The swimming area is especially nice.
Silver Sands State Park at Milford Connecticut is just across Long Island Sound from Charles Island. The Island can be reached by walking at low tide. Legends surrounding Charles Island have it as the location for Captain Kidd’s treasure. Swimming and salt water fishing are popular in the area, but the park remains under development. There is a boardwalk for easy access.
Sherwood Island State Park near Westport Connecticut has a 1.5 mile beach with fishing facilities, bath houses and food concession stands. The swimming area is popular with children and adults both.