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Lydgate State Park

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Great Beach for Families

Lydgate State Park Beach is a great place for families. They have a seawall around an area to create swilling ponds that are protected from the ocean waves. There is normally a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
San Marcos, California
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San Marcos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lydgate State Park Beach is a great place for families. They have a seawall around an area to create swilling ponds that are protected from the ocean waves. There is normally a Lifeguard on duty and it has lots of areas for picnicking.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I visited the park to walk and see the beach. It has very good walking/jogging/biking paths, nice picnic tables, restrooms, local baseball fields. It looks like a nice family place. Close to the ocean too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful park and beach. the cove has many fish and very calm for beginner snorkelers also great for non swimmers. close to many other places for lunch or dinner.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most all of the ocean front beaches had a high surf advisory out, swimming not recommended, so we decided to check out Lydgate State Park. Rented a couple of boards and a mask/snorkel set at Coconut Grove and hit the swimming lagoon. The park was a little crowded on Sunday, but nothing like Hanalei was on Saturday. We had a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beach was nice since the swimming area is closed off from the ocean by rocks which makes it great for kids and poor swimmers (like me). They even have a second smaller closed off section that looks like it would be great for toddlers. The beach is just a beach but it does have shower and bathroom facilities.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are experienced snorkelers, but still really enjoyed Lydgate. The beach has stone jettys which provide protected, calm water. There were many lovely coloured fish to be seen, so would be awesome for kids or beginners! Lots of free parking, the beach has a lifeguard, and the park area has picnic tables. We were impressed that the State park beaches... More 

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Montgomery, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

This is a beautiful place for both surfing and wading.half the beach is notorious for waves and hefty currents,red flags often, but the other half has two sheltered wading pools enclosed by lava rocks where you can see up to about 18 types of incredibly colorful fish that love on the reef there. ..excellent for non swimmers to wade &... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

The area behind the Hilton Garden Inn has boulders stacked up to provide a break-wall to protect swimmers from the perils of the ocean. This gives this park 2 things it does well. First the break wall created 2 "pools" one is perfect for little kids. It does not get more than 3 feet deep. Perfect way to introduce the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

This is a "remote" beach in the sense that you must walk to it. We didn't drive as far as is possible choosing to hike past the historic cave (very interesting) to get to the beach. You have to cross a stream entering the bay. It has warnings not to cross during heavy rains due to the dangers of being... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Lydgate beach is good in theory, and perhaps I visited on a bad day but I was a bit dissapointed. The water within the breakwall was very murky with poor visibility for snorkling. The bottom also drops away quickly making it difficult for youngsters to wade alone. I guess it could have just been a tide thing.

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