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Harkness Memorial State Park

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Beautiful grounds, gardens and buildings.

On a cool, windy and rainy day in early September we were looking for a pleasant place to take a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Poughkeepsie, New York
Beautiful Seaside Setting

Harkness is over 230 acres of lawns, trees, restored gardens, a nature preserve, historic... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Avon, Connecticut
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This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.
275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
+1 860-443-5725
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All reviewslong island soundpicnic tablesfly a kitemansion tourno swimming allowedsmall beachbeautiful seasidesandy beachoff seasonwater viewgorgeous groundsbring your ownformal gardensgreat walking trailslove coming heregreat for familiespicnic lunch
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Reviewed 1 week ago

On a cool, windy and rainy day in early September we were looking for a pleasant place to take a walk. What a beautiful place. The gardens are plentiful and well maintained. The walk along the shore was very nice despite the weather. The grounds...More

1  Thank dakcabin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Harkness is over 230 acres of lawns, trees, restored gardens, a nature preserve, historic buildings, beach and beautiful views of Long Island Sound. It's hard to believe this is a state property maintained by two DEEP employees and volunteers from the Friends of Harkness. I...More

1  Thank johnatod
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Camp Harkness is a great asset to CT. It offers free or discounted time away! Its a great location. The cabins are very basic. Beds and a bathroom/shower. It has a huge kitchen/cafateria. In the off season you can bring your own food and use...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very pretty park for wedding. It was difficult to find amphitheater where ceremony was since there wew no signs for it nor direction to it. The wedding guests wandered around in dress clothes and high heels on the grounds for about 15 minutes until we...More

Thank Diane Z
Reviewed August 16, 2018

A CT gem, when in the area be sure to visit. Enjoy the grounds, looking at the mansion from the outside and walking along the beach. You can't swim here, fishing is permitted.

Thank Sweetchic
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

A great place to go for a walk, have a picnic, lay out on the beach,or go fishing. I find this place calming. I come alone for a walk, bring my kids for a bike ride, or have a nice picnic with a friend. Great...More

Thank nypurple94
Reviewed August 1, 2018

The park is very nice for picnics. Viewing the beach and ocean is entertaining but you cannot swim. I was very disappointed that the mansion is only open weekends and then sometimes there are weddings and events.

Thank Sharon C
Reviewed July 23, 2018

Hidden gem on the Long Island Sound, but don't spread the word because we love to go there and don't want it to become crowded. (LOL) Take the mansion tour when offered. Clean, excellent parking, rest rooms available, picnic tables, etc. Bring a beach chair,...More

2  Thank larryb1340
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

Being a CT resident, I do not want to make a review because i dont want people to know about this wonderful place, nevertheless I have to in fairness to the people who maintain this (State Park).This place is very clean and grounds are well...More

4  Thank Ekimotcer
Reviewed June 28, 2018 via mobile

We visit Harkness often in the off season to hike and bird the coast. Well worth a trip to enjoy this beautiful facility.

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Marina W
August 2, 2018|
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Response from larryb1340 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, yes, and yes. However, the mansion has accessibility to the ground floor , patio, and gardens
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April 22, 2017|
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Response from Victor B | Reviewed this property |
Most trees will have bloomed, but the gardens are not in full bloom. Best of luck with your marriage.