Short Beach Park

One Dorne Drive, Stratford, CT 06115.

(203)-385-4052.I-95, Exit 32. Short Beach Park has many amenities including a par-3 golf course, miniature golf, platform tennis, basketball courts, beach volleyball, playground, swimming, trails, birding and wildlife, food concession and restrooms.  Parts of the site offering views of the water are wheelchair accessible. There are three summer residents of Short Beach worthy of special mention. The first two, the piping plover and the least tern, are ground nesting birds that require beach front property and seclusion to successfully reproduce. The ancestors of the third resident, the horseshoe crab, date back 300 million years. This harmless creature feeds in the inter-tidal zone and uses the beach to dig its shallow nest during extreme high tides. Contact City of Stratford for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes.