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Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Rd, South of I-95 Exit 62, Madison, CT 06443
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Ranked #2 of 8 attractions in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Beaches
Activities: Hiking
Description: Sandy beach ideal for walking.
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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58 reviews 58 reviews
4 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

First time visitor from Pa. Sand isn't soft like other beaches. Really crowed and rather small. Overlooks Long Island Sound. Not much of a food selection and no boardwalk. It's basically a beach unlike your typical Jersey Shore type beach. Not sure id dare going into the water. I never left my chair except to buy ice cream. Liked the... More

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New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
21 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Went early around 9AM over the weekend, so that our kid could have some quiet time alone before the crowds surged in. The sand was pretty clean and the place generally well maintained. - we had gone to the West beach. Not much rocks or shells unlike some nearby beaches. The water was clean except for sea weeds just as... More

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Danbury, Connecticut
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

the park is very large, i would say over 500 campsites. it is preyy clean overall, and well kept. there are showers and flush bathrooms in all the areas. there is a camp store near the beach as well. the beach is very long and there are many places just to walk includind a nice long boardwalk

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Houston, Texas
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111 reviews 111 reviews
29 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Have been four times on visits to ct since 2005. I usually visit in the colder months. Many birds at meigs point and in the various ponds. Marsh trail and the rockier point and pier also good for birders. My only complaint they do not open early enough in the morning for birders--only for fishermen. This bias makes no sense.... More

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Cape Coral, Florida
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55 reviews 55 reviews
36 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have been going to Hammonasset and Megs Point for my entire life. At 21 I moved to south Florida, so I have endless beaches to go to, but none are like back home. I love Megs Point because of all the rocks and always loved walking the trail between there and the main beach. Large beach house with showers... More

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Essex, Connecticut
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My wife and I just wanted a few hours of sun and sand on a Monday morning/afternoon. The weather accommodated with sun and just enough breeze to keep us comfortable. The beach wasn't crowded, the weekend having ended, and we were able to walk and relax together along the water, watching kids build sand castles and sun bathers soak up... More

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Boston, MA
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83 reviews 83 reviews
37 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

What is there not to like? Easy parking, relatively clean bathrooms, and clean beach. The only stinker is paying for parking but after visiting some of the free beaches in CT, it's worth the money here.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a wonderful beach. I truly enjoy it in the off season, less people. So many areas to explore, especially for the kids. Great place to bring the bikes down for them to ride. Definitely a good place to check out.

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

I visited Hammonasett with my two grandsons, ages 14 and 12. We picked a spot on the area of the beach called Meigs' Point. From this location we were close to a lifeguard tower, parking, the nature center, rest rooms and changing areas. We parked once and we were close to everything. Parking is abundant, costs $15.00 per day for... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Ok- so if you like listless waves, lots of trash, painful sand, and no- and I mean nooooooo- toys, boogie boards, kites, balls, etc allowed on the beach- then this is the beach for you! As my kids waded through the endless collection of garbage that gently flowed in and out on the not waves, they longingly wished we were... More

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