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Hammonasset Beach State Park

1288 Boston Post Rd, South of I-95 Exit 62, Madison, CT 06443
203-245-2785
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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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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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42 reviews 42 reviews
25 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Ardsley, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Family had a great time. Bike riding. Close walk to the beach. Had a great site. Can get crowded but we picked a site near a field. Kids played soccer, kickball and frisbee on the field. Wish the campgrounds had more trees but if you like the beach you will have a great time. We rented a fire ring.

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New Paltz, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

This was our 4th time camping here. Not sure what's going on with security, but quiet hours are certainly NOT enforced anymore here. From around 11PM- 3AM various campsites played very loud music, talked loudly, etc.... The campground was then quiet for about an hour, and then the LOUD music started all over again at 4AM. The music stopped and... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This beach is one of many in CT that are on the LIS. No breeze, waves aren't big enough etc. Not my kind of beach. I'd much rather go to a beach on the Atlantic Ocean. They have nice amenities but the beach itself isn't worth sitting at.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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21 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

This beach is clean and in a very beautiful park. If you are not a CT resident you will pay $15 to enter, but it's still worth it for half a day at the beach. Regard the monitoring: we went to the West beach, and the lifeguard arrived late in the morning. The campsite looks lovely and with a lot... More

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We tent camped at Hammonasset over Fathers Day weekend. There are tons of kids, a playground, a camp store where you can get a cup of coffee in the AM, (score!) it's perfect place for families with kids, make sure you bring their bikes because all the kids are riding around! Camp sites are huge!!! Only a 5 minute walk... More

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This beach is nice. Well, at least it depends where you choose to make a spot. For example, if you are close to the "pier" (which is made out of slippery unsafe rocks), you will be stuck in a broken-shell filled place, and each step will be painful unless you wear shoes. It would also be unusually crowded. Or, if... More

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New Hartford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I spent the day there on Saturday with friends - we chose to sit on the West Beach. There were no lifeguards, but the water is very calm there. We arrived around 10am, and with the exception of a few dogs that didn't belong on the beach, it was very peaceful until around 2pm. At 2pm, a large group arrived... More

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