Greenwich Point Park

Shore Rd., Greenwich, CT

203-531-8938. I-95 Ex.5. Greenwich Point is open daily from 6:00 am until sunset. Activities include jogging, walking, cycling, nature study, boating, fishing, sailboarding, sun bathing, swimming, and picnicking. At various locations throughout the park one can find benches to sit on for quiet contemplation and enjoyment. This Park offers a large sandy beach and walking trails. Picnic tables offer great views of the water. Parts of the site offering views of the water are wheelchair accessible. Contact Town of Greenwich for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes.

Indian Well State Park

Junction Rte. 110 & 111, Shelton, CT 06484.

At jct. Rte. 110 & 111 in Monroe, take Rte. 110 east for 5 mi. to park entrance. Once home to the Paugussetts the park has a large beach & picnic area on the Housatonic River. A path at the first parking area leads to Indian Well a dramatic waterfall. A blue blazed trail runs over Stevenson Dam. Picnic shelter, boating, boat launch, fishing, swimming, hiking, field sports, bathrooms.  Indian Well was so named because of the Romeo and Juliet-like Native American legend surrounding the Park's scenic waterfalls and the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. Local Native Americans never actually used the area as a well. Although the falls are lovely, the Park's primary attraction is its location on the western bank of the Housatonic River. The shaded picnic grove at the water's edge is a nice spot to spend a lazy summer day. In 1928 Indian Wells was established as a state park.

Jennings Beach

880 South Benson Rd, Fairfield, CT 06430.

203-256-3191.I-95 Ex. 22. Jennings Beach offers visitors a large sandy beach with great views of Long Island Sound. The Henry Rowland Memorial Playground is just across the parking lot. Also located nearby is Ash Creek Open Space for those visitors who are interested in launching their boats. Facilities include: access pier, food concession, handicapped access, picnic area, bathrooms, bird and wildlife, fishing, swimming and skate park. Contact Town of Fairfield for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes. Beach Stickers are on sale at the Recreation Department at 75 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield. From October 1 - March 31, Jennings is the place to enjoy the beach with your pet as dogs and horses are allowed access. Jennings Beach is free and open to the public, however from Memorial Day Saturday to Labor Day a beach sticker is required to park in the lot. From 10:00 AM until 8:00 PM, vehicles without a beach sticker must pay a daily parking fee of $20.00 on Weekdays and $50.00 on Weekends & Holidays at the gate. Parking fees will be collected at the gate until 9:30pm on Family Movie Nights.

Lake Mohegan Recreation Area

960 Morehouse Highway, Fairfield, CT

203-256-3191. This 118- acre park is the only freshwater swimming area in Fairfield. The property provides a variety of recreation opportunities that include swimming, walking, hiking, picnicking, playground, pet friendly, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Contact Town of Fairfield for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes. Beach Stickers are on sale at the Recreation Department at 75 Mill Plain Road, Fairfield.

Long Beach

Oak Bluff Drive, Stratford, CT

Contact Town of Stratford for fee schedule. Facilities: Car-top Boat Access, Sanitary Facilities (seasonal). Activities include bird and wildlife observation,boating,fishing and supervised swimming. The beach is nestled between Long Island Sound and the Great Meadows tidal marsh and is over one mile in length. It is one of the longest barrier beaches in Connecticut. Many species of shorebirds and waterfowl can be found here, including the 'threatened' Piping plover that nests throughout the summer on the western part of this beach near Pleasure Beach. These birds nest both on the beach and the sandy 'trail' behind the dunes. Please, respect the restricted access area signs a to avoid disturbing this rare and beautiful bird. Fishing is permitted outside designated swimming areas. If you intend to visit during hunting season, proper precautions should be taken as hunting is allowed in the Great Meadows Marsh. To reach Long Beach from the East: Take I-95 South to exit 30. Follow the signs to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Drive through the Great Meadows salt marsh, passing the airport on the left. At the next stop sign, turn right onto Oak Bluff Avenue. At the foot of Oak Bluff Avenue, enter the beach access and parking area. The beach is easily accessible from any of the parking spaces. The best views of the tidal wetlands is from the far western end of the parking area. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 30. Take the ramp to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Turn slight right onto Lordship Boulevard, follow for 0.9 miles. Turn right to stay on Lordship Boulevard, continue for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Oak Bluff Avenue. At the foot of Oak Bluff Avenue, enter the beach access and parking area. The beach is easily reached by car and a parking permit required from May 31st until Labor Day.

Pear Point Beach

Pear Tree Point Road, Darien, CT 06820.

(203)-656-7325. I-95 Ex. 11. Pear Tree Point Beach is an 8-acre sandy beach loaded with amenities including picnic tables and grills, a bath house, a gazebo, handicapped access, and a concession stand in addition to two great beaches. It also features an excellent boat launch ramp. Contact City of Darien for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes.

Penfield Beach

Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield, CT

Penfield Beach is a great place to swim and sun along the Long Island Sound. It offers a long stretch of sandy beach that abuts Rickards Beach. There are charcoal grills set up on the beach for visitor use; remember to bring your own charcoal and matches. There are also swing sets for the kids. There is a nice Pavilion where visitors can purchase snacks if grilling your own food is not on your agenda. Large parking lot. Contact Town of Fairfield for fee schedule. From the East: Take I-95 South. Take the Route 135/ North Benson Road exit 22 and continue 0.15 miles. Turn left onto North Benson Road/ Route 135 and continue 0.22 miles. Turn right onto Post Road/ US-1 and continue 0.21 miles. Turn left onto Beach Road and continue 0.79 miles. Turn left onto Fairfield Beach Road and continue 0.43 miles. From the West: Take I-95 North. Take the Mill Plain Road exit 21 and continue 0.21 miles. Turn right onto Mill Plain Road and continue 0.19 miles. Turn left onto Boston Post Road/ US-1 and continue 0.38 miles. Turn right onto Old Post Road and continue 0.29 miles. Turn right onto Penfield Road and continue 0.67 miles. Turn left onto Fairfield Beach Road. Penfield Beach is free and open to the public, however, from Memorial Day Saturday to Labor Day a beach sticker is reqiuired to park in the lot. Vehicles without a beach sticker may pay a daily fee of $20.00 on Weekdays and $50.00 on Weekends & Holidays at the gate.

Point-No-Point

Beach Drive, Stratford, CT

Also known as The Seawall, Point-No-Point provides easy parking and a pleasant walk along the beach on the Long Island Sound. Please note that at Russian Beach, to the immediate east of Point-No-Point, only the area seaward of mean high water is open to the public. Walk along the wet sand area of this beach. From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 30. Follow the signs to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Drive through the Great Meadows salt marsh, passing the airport on the left. At the next stop sign, go straight over Oak Bluff Avenue and then Lordship Boulevard turns into Stratford Road. Take a right onto the fourth street on the right which is Washington Road and follow that to Beach Drive. You should see the Point-No-Point walkway and city meters running along the front for parking. From the West: Take I-95 North to exit 30. Follow the signs to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Drive through the Great Meadows salt marsh, passing the airport on the left. At the next stop sign, go straight over Oak Bluff Avenue and then Lordship Boulevard turns into Stratford Road. Take a right onto the fourth street on the right which is Washington Road and follow that to Beach Drive. You should see the Point-No-Point walkway and city meters running along the front for parking.

Saint Mary's By the Sea

Eames Boulevard , Bridgeport, CT

Located in the distinctive Black Rock neighborhood. Bring binoculars to watch the birds and wildlife at this site. There is a developed walkway (approximately 1/2 mile in length) for power walkers or those looking for a leisurely stroll, which provide visitors with spectacular views of Long Island Sound and Black Rock Harbor. The site holds historic and cultural interest for visitors to explore. Please contact the Bridgeport Parks & Recreation Department for obtaining a parking permit to visit this site. Directions: From the East: Take I-95 South to Exit 24. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left and proceed approximately .2 miles on Chambers Street. Next, turn right onto Commerce Drive and continue .1 mile. Turn left onto Black Rock Turnpike (which becomes Brewster Street) and follow .6 miles. Take a right onto Fairfield Avenue and continue .2 miles. Turn left onto Gilman Street and follow 1 mile. The entrance is to the right on-street. From the West: Take I-95 North to Exit 24. At the end of the exit ramp, continue straight and travel an extremely short distance, then turn right onto Black Rock Turnpike (which becomes Brewster Street) and follow .7 miles. Next, turn right onto Fairfield Avenue, and proceed .2 miles. Turn left onto Gilman Street and follow 1 mile. The entrance is to the right on-street.

Seaside Park Beach

Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT

203-576-1311. I-95, Exit 27. Large park with harbor setting and beach fronting Long Island Sound. Facilities include: large sandy beach, swimming, food concession, rest rooms, picnic facilities, boat ramp, marina, fishing pier, walking paths, playground, baseball/softball field and skate park. Parts of the site offering views of the water are wheelchair accessible. Seaside is open daily from 8 AM-8 PM. Parks Stickers are required to access the park by car. Cyclists can enjoy a dedicated cycling path. Contact City of Bridgeport for for fee schedule and resident and non resident day passes.