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Harkness Memorial State Park

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275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
+1 860-443-5725
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so pretty

what a delight to find on our bike ride through quiet neighborhoods and such pretty grounds and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Reading, Massachusetts
Beautiful Area

I came here for a wedding. The grounds were beautiful and very well taken care of. I would love to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cheryl T
Millbury, Massachusetts
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This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.
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  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
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275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
+1 860-443-5725
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Reviewed 2 days ago

what a delight to find on our bike ride through quiet neighborhoods and such pretty grounds and views to be had

Thank connie01867
Reviewed 3 days ago

I came here for a wedding. The grounds were beautiful and very well taken care of. I would love to return to spend time with the kids. Would make a great spot for family photo shoot.

Thank Cheryl T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Harkness is probably one of the nicest places for a picnic. There are a limited number of free standing grills to cook on. There is an expanse of open lawn space for games. It is also dog friendly for walking (not sure if only off...More

Thank DFS60
Reviewed April 26, 2017 via mobile

It's a beautiful property with plenty of room for the children to run. Gardens, beach and pavilion. So much to see and the property is kept up so well. Try to go when they are giving a tour of the mansion. Worth it!

Thank Melichloh
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Reviewed April 22, 2017 via mobile

Please do visit when you are around this area of CT. Simply amazing and beautiful. Love this park. It is good for walks, scenic views, walk on the sand by the water, picnic, anything. Highly recommend to all for a visit.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed April 9, 2017

Great place for all ages. Perfect for a stroll, picnic, beach goers, wade in the sound. Nice scenery for photos.

Thank Julie H
Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

More of a summer time venue. Too cold in the winter. Good place to snap some beautiful photos. Take your dog too 👍🏻

1  Thank colbs1285
Reviewed January 17, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ran at Harkness some during the fall. The paths are great for running, walking or just sight seeking. I look forward to returning over the summer to walk the gardens

Thank greeneyedlustr
Reviewed January 13, 2017

My wife and I were extremely surprised at how beautiful this state park is in Waterford. The enormous open fields, beautiful beach areas, and gorgeous grounds around the Harkness mansion were quite impressive. I can't wait to go back, in the spring, to view the...More

Thank Steve N
Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful morning visit today at this stunning park. The grounds are extensive with lovely paths that wind through the estate and lead also to the magnificent shoreline. Today the beach was empty but for a few fishermen and many seagulls feasting on the...More

1  Thank Michaela G
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Tabatha F
When do flowers start blooming? I want to get our engagement photos there mid May.
April 22, 2017|
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Response from greeneyedlustr | Reviewed this property |
Flowers are blooming already
What time do they stop charging admission on weekends
August 27, 2016|
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Response from BEEBEE4545 | Reviewed this property |
They close up at 6:00 PM.
Does parking ever fill to capacity? Wondering about 4th of july crowds.
July 3, 2016|
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Response from redneck55 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it can But I haven't heard of it doing so lately. Being July 4th, I would get the early. Hope this helps Have a great Holiday.