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Harkness Memorial State Park

275 Great Neck Road, Waterford, CT 06385
860-443-5725
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Waterford
Type: State Parks
Activities: Getting married
Description: This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.
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new england
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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We visited Harkness for the first time and found the mansion and grounds to be very beautiful. These old mansions, like the ones in Newport RI, are works of art now open to the public probably never to be repeated. As this and others are open for public use, the state of Connecticut should invest more in their maintenance and... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

This is really a nice state park. I grew up in CT but it took me over 50 years to discovery this serene place and the mansion. This past Sunday was perfect, the weather was very nice, it wasn't over crowded but there were plenty of picnics going on. The beach was full and the Mansion tour just spectacular if... More

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Brooklyn, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I've been torn over rating this place; part if me wants to keep it a secret because it is such an amazing place. I spent countless summers days as a kid wandering Harkness, hiding in the gardens, clambering over rocks, enjoying their Summer Music program, swimming, fishing, flying kits and having cookouts. Twenty years later I go back for the... More

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Woodstock, New York
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I spent about 4 hours at Harkness on a gorgeous Saturday combing the beach, playing in the tide pools, hiking around the shore line and along the preserve walk. We enjoyed watching the birds, the kites, the waves, and others totally enjoying themselves. We strolled through the gardens, ate salads and inhaled the smells of summer: salt... More

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Waterford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This park has it all! Gardens, a beautiful house on the hill (can't go inside regularly, but rented out often for weddings), and the ocean. I did my engagement photos here to get a wide variety of settings, and they turned out great! This is a nice place to visit or host a cook out at the provided picnic tables... More

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New York City, New York
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The most lovely estate, well-maintained with paths around the beach and marshes. Clean restrooms with drinking fountains too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

230 acres of magic and wonder make this a favorite destination for families or couples. Magnificent copper beech trees are surrounded by daffodils in the spring, egrets nesting in sanctuaries, grills, picnic tables, Frisbees, kites, leashed dogs, drinking fountains and flushable toilets in the bathrooms adjacent to sandy beach fronts on Long Island Sound where barges, ferries and distant islands... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Very nice place for picnic, walk on beach, or watch a couple get married. Or stroll through the gardens. Or even fly a kite. Fun to just sit and watch the huge kites flying or watch the waves come in.

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Waterford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Harkness has long been a sanctuary for people in these parts. It is an almost Gatsby-esque mansion on Long Island Sound, but the bigger attractions are the fabulous gardens and the wide lawns stretching to the sea.

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Hardness is a beautiful state park that is located in Waterford, CT right on the water of Long Island Sound. There is a beautiful mansion that can be rented out for functions. During the summer and fall the gardens are gorgeous. There are picnic tables and grills to use for picnics. Bring your own charcoal for the grills. There is... More

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