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“Great place to relax for the day”
Review of Ocean Beach Park

Ocean Beach Park
Ranked #1 of 1 Fun & Games in New London
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Owner description: New England's finest beach and boardwalk attractions including mini golf course, rides, water slides, kiddy spray park, olympic pool, arcade, gift shop, food concessions, cafe with restaurant, banquet and catering facilities, picnic area, health club, nature walk
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage
Hartford, Connecticut
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111 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great place to relax for the day”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

They offer a nice boardwalk with mini golf, a slide pool, food so if your kids get tired of the beach there is more to do and see. They have plenty of staff to life guard and clean up each night. The parking lot is big so if you want to park close come early. It was not too crowed when we went even though the parking lot was filling up. The people on the beach were friendly. We played in the water, relaxed on the beach, walked some and eat some. I suggest you bring your own food and cooler to save money if you have a family. It is great family time and people watching is entertaining too.

Visited July 2013
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Family-Friendly Beach!”
Reviewed September 27, 2013

This was a stop on our road trip to visit family on the east coast. We wanted to see the ocean/beach, and was pleasantly surprised at all of the attractions this beach offers. We visited on an early Wednesday evening, so the beach was not crowded at all, and parking was very inexpensive ($5 per carload). (I'm sure the prices are different for early daytime, and weekends.) There is a nice board walk situated between the beach and playground, water spray park, water slide, and Olympic-size pool complete with changing/locker room. Some of the other attractions include a video game arcade, miniature golf, a carousel and rides (including kiddie rides), snack stands and a food court. There is also a picnic area, playground, a complete workout gym (I'm sure there's a usage/membership fee), and volleyball courts. This past summer, Wednesday nights were "Magic Night" performances near the park's entrance. Behind the attractions, is a beautiful grassy area with water inlets. (The area almost looks like a nature preserve.) All-in-all, a great place to visit for the whole family for the whole day. Check prices of individual attractions at www.ocean-beach-park.com/Admission-Prices.html

Visited August 2013
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CT
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112 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Nice beach, expensive parking”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Ocean Beach is a lovely day trip and a nice Connecticut beach. While several beaches in CT are rocky and small, Ocean Beach has soft sand and some mild waves (there is a bit of undertow). They have a small boardwalk. Snack type food is available or you can bring in a picnic.

Some pros - they have a big clean pool, mini-golf, and some covered benches so you can enjoy the atmosphere without the sun.

Some cons - expensive parking, extra fees for the pool and mini-golf. The arcade is dark and dank and outdated. The gift shop has the minimum bare essentials.

Overall, the beach is quite nice and if you're going with a lot of people to spend a day, it's a good deal. If you're just going for a short visit or if you want to do activities, it could be quite expensive.

Visited August 2013
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Pennsville, New Jersey
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice Little Park On The Ocean”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

White sandy beach with a relatively new boardwalk. The rides and concession stands were all closed, but it was still beautiful. I guess when everything is open you will have to pay the $15 parking fee.

Visited September 2013
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Purvis, MS
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35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice view. Facilities & beach need updating.”
Reviewed September 2, 2013

Ocean Beach Park was nothing amazing.

View is nice; but the beach itself is a little dirty. The facilities there need some updating as well.

For whatever reason we were not charged for admission when going (so I can't really vouch for the pricing).

Overall; the area could be nicer if someone with some serious money decided to invest in the property.

Visited July 2013
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