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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 9 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Nice park to visit just unfortunate you can't swim there. Very well maintained. Great place to bring your dog too.

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Always love coming here you can go to the beach area enjoy the view or visit the mansion and gardens. A great place to take the family or just enjoy it for some quiet time alone.

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Sutton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Friday evening, before sunset.....sun glistening on the water. Violin playing, vows being exchanged. Leisurely walk across the lawn, to the incredible mansion for the reception. Gorgeous views, light breeze, amazing gardens. What a perfect venue for a wedding!! So many nooks and crannies to explore, so much beauty to admire. So much history, and it was wonderful that a park... More

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Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Rode our bikes there, beautiful place for a picnic, beautiful grounds. No swimming but bring your kites.

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Norwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This park has a large picnic area. There are also gardens to explore and a beach (although swimming is not allowed). I have been here several times and it is always clean and well taken care of.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a state park with plenty of open space overlooking Long Island Sound, a small beach area but no swimming allowed, picnic tables beneath many shaded tree areas, restored gardens, and a beautifully restored mansion. A very relaxing spot for all ages to enjoy.

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Sandy Hook, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Went to an evening wedding here this past Sunday. Nice little amphitheater for the ceremony, short walk to mansion for reception. The grounds looked very nice, we did not see the beach. Park did not look overcrowded. It was hot and muggy, and there was no breeze - mansion did not move air through, so it got a bit warm.... More

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Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Harkness is one of the great treasures in Connecticut. The grounds are well kept and it is a great place to walk, explore the site gardens, mansion or hit the small beach! It's a place where you can go daily and never get bored!

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

If you want someone to go where there's plenty of space, a bit of beach, and plenty of fresh air, then Harkness is a great park. There's a small mansion to visit, but most of the attraction of the park is the view over the sea towards Long Island Sound and the fresh air. There's plenty of large tables for... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This place is a must see for anyone visiting the Area. Beautiful manicured grounds, picnic tables, A beautiful Mansion, beautiful flower gardens. All on the Coast. A lovely spot for just about anyone. This place is a relaxong home away from home where you can take a wak and admire the beauty, Fly a kite, BBQ or just sit and... More

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