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Rocky Neck State Park

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Address: 244 W Main St, East Lyme, CT 06357-1015
Phone Number: 860-739-5471
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Visited from 11am-4pm

Lovely for children. Gentle waves. Too crowded in later afternoon. Beautiful beach. There's a loud train that passes a couple of times per hour.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Jessica L
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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85 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We came here for a day from Kent. Brought a picnic and sat on gym mats on the white sand. Beach was quite empty(perfect) calm sea, light breeze and very relaxing. The train flew by once or twice but it doesn't bother anyone, unless you're someone looking to complain. The only downside was the portable toilets....they were bad!!!!! Apart from... More 

Thank TheBigfella601
Hampton Bays, New York
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pros: Camp sites were nice, large amount of space and you were not on top of other campers. Different types of campsites - ones with lots of trees to being in a field. Close walk to the beach. Also had a hiking trail that was easy and had some nice viewing of coastal birds and wildflowers. Watch out for poison... More 

Thank pawsfuradventure
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely for children. Gentle waves. Too crowded in later afternoon. Beautiful beach. There's a loud train that passes a couple of times per hour.

Thank Jessica L
Hamden, Connecticut
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61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like I said, best beach in CT. Clear water and white sand(where am I???) The waves are not big and the atmosphere is calm. The tide is often low, so you can walk out pretty far without even being knee deep. There's a pavilion at one end that's nice for parties and such. I personally like the other end as... More 

Thank Christina R
Seymour, Connecticut
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beach! One of the best in CT. They also have a nice camping area a little ways from the beach. The pavilion is nice too especially for parties just be sure to book ahead!

Thank margyyyxo
Shelton, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The beach with a beautiful boardwalk, sand like sugar and well groomed was worth the trip.The water was clear and sandy below water surface without rocks or shells to step on. Beautiful boardwalk to walk on till you pick a spot to sit. Lifeguards are on duty there. There is a concession stand which has great food. Easy on and... More 

Thank May G
Niantic, Connecticut, United States
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33 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

I live very close to this park and love it! It is a beautiful beach with a boardwalk. I also bird there quite a bit. There are also nature trails and a Pavilion with a beautiful lawn. There is camping there also though I haven't camped there - I live only 5 minutes away. The snack stand is run by... More 

Thank Jerilyn D
South Windsor, Connecticut
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207 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

Rocky Neck offers a calm beach as it is on Long Island Sound and has a breakwater. If you want big waves, go to one of the Rhode Island beaches. There is a bath house which offers free cold showers and changing stalls. We were there on a very hot Friday in August and the beach was not crowded at... More 

Thank Calhu
Stafford Springs
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88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

We've been coming to Rocky Neck for years - it's one of my favorite beaches. It's nice and sandy, easy to get to, lifeguards on duty, concession stand, bath houses and bathrooms. Plus a wooden boardwalk so you can walk further down the beach without having to trudge through sand. This last time we went I brought the kids from... More 

Thank Laura L
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our day at Rocky Neck! We were there on a hot day and the swimming was fun. Hiking on the bluff was fun! The Pavillion is a great place to get a scenic view and watch the train go by!

Thank NLW70

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