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Hammonasset Beach State Park

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Address: 1288 Boston Post Rd, South of I-95 Exit 62, Madison, CT 06443
Phone Number: 203-245-2785
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Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Sandy beach ideal for walking.

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Great for walks and nature photography

I don't bother with sun-bathing or swimming - I come when it's free (after 6:30 p.m. during the summer, or any time during spring, fall or winter) to walk the path or to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Haddam, Connecticut
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Haddam, Connecticut
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I don't bother with sun-bathing or swimming - I come when it's free (after 6:30 p.m. during the summer, or any time during spring, fall or winter) to walk the path or to photograph wildlife. Also great for photographing the moon rise, although for that you must time it carefully - come the day BEFORE the full moon - the... More 

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Middletown, Connecticut
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely gorgeous for beaching, walking, biking, camping. Tons of parking. Plenty of small side paths to explore. Birds, bunnies, other wildlife. Decent bathrooms, too.

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falls church, va
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely spot. Park your car and stroll with your dog. Best at sunset. Plenty of others around so you are not isolated

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Killingworth, CT
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300 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hammonasset Beach State Park is a big, open space with terrific birdlife and a very beautiful beach. One end of the beach is rocky and hilly and the rest of it is a broad flat expanse with ever-changing clouds and light and waves. Out of season it is never crowded and aways beautiful.

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Guilford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Went to the beach to just chill. Not too many people, great walking, lovely boardwalks. Going west in the park is more populated and it seems like the eastern section is more for nature lovers and locals.

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196 reviews
102 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This visit included plenty of hiking near Meig's Point; following the trails past the nature center lot, heading along trails that once housed the long term camping offered to families of days long ago. These old camping paved roads still are evident along the trail to the marshes where the grasses glow in soft golds, greens and brilliant reds. The... More 

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130 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Hammonasset Beach State Park is a beautiful, large, and well maintained park on the coast of Long Island Sound, easily accessed from I-95. It offers something for everyone who enjoys the outdoors. There are trails for hiking or biking, spacious campgrounds, a beautiful and extensive beach, fishing from the beach, and a nature center (which is currently being rebuilt and... More 

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Santa Monica, CA
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207 reviews
72 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I'm from CT. We were there for a wedding and I wanted to show my family the beach I used to go to. Got there to find a mean spirited sign indicating that locals pay $13 to get in, but out of state pay $24. That's how you welcome visitors? Please come to my state. We have a policy of... More 

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61 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Went here to take part in a charity event and was very surprised by the size and cleanliness of the beach and area. The restroom was clean and I will definitely go back.

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Avon, CT
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421 reviews
61 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Hammonasset State Park is a gem. The beach is two miles long and is very nicely maintained. There are three major areas, the east and west beaches and Meig's Point Beach on the eastern end. The beaches are pretty clean, not inmmaculate and the water in September is the warmest swimmers will have all year. The beach, though long, is... More 

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