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Connecticut Beaches, Swimming Holes, Public Pools

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New Haven County CT Beaches & Swimming Holes

Alschuler Beach
Altshuler Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Alschuler Beach is accessible from an extensive boardwalk. Beach parking is available at the Savin Rock Conference Center when it is not in use. West Haven provides 3.5 miles of public beach or waterfront park, each with its own amenities or environmental setting.

East Haven Town Beach
Cosey Beach Avenue
East Haven, Connecticut
East Haven Town Beach is a sandy beach with a picnic area, bocci ball and beach volleyball courts. There are also showers and pavilion available at this site. There is no fee.

Great Harbor Wildlife Management Area
Trolley Road
Guilford, Connecticut
Great Harbor Wildlife Management Area offers a small sandy beach with views of tidal wetlands Joshua Cove and Long Island Sound. Limited parking is available in the turn-around at the end of Trolley Road. No fee.

Jacob’s Beach
Seaside Avenue
Guilford, Connecticut
Jacob’s Beach is a small sandy beach with shells that offers a playscape for children, picnic tables, and a beach volleyball court. Swimming is best at high tide. There is a fee.

East Wharf Beach
East Wharf Road
Madison, Connecticut
A gazebo offers scenic views of Long Island Sound. Memorial Day through Labor Day access is limited to pass holders. Passes are available, for purchase, in advance at the Madison Recreation office Mon-Fri. 8:30-4 or y mail. There is a fee.

Hammonasset Beach State Park
Boston Post Road (Route 1)
Madison, Connecticut
Ph: 203-245-2785
Connecticut’s largest shoreline park offers over 2 miles of beach to enjoy swimming, strolling along 3/4 miles of boardwalk, or just relaxing in the sun and surf. There is a fee.

Surf Club
Surf Club Road
Madison, Connecticut
The Surf Club is a town owned 45 acre park with scenic views of Long Island Sound. Picnic areas, sports areas, and supervised swimming are provided at this beach. There are seasonal food concessions and seasonal restrooms at this site. Memorial Day through Labor Day access limited to pass holders. Passes are available for purchase in advance at the Madison Recreation Office Mon.-Fri. 8:30-4 or by mail. There is a fee.

West Wharf Beach
West Wharf Road
Madison, Connecticut
West Wharf Beach offers a fishing pier with scenic views of Long Island Sound. The pier (wharf) was once used for ship building in earlier days. There is a fee.

Gulf Beach
Gulf Street
Milford, Connecticut
Gulf Beach is a beautiful sandy beach with an access pier for fishing, picnic areas, and restrooms. Visitors have a view of Charles Island. There is a parking lot for residents on-site and non-resident parking across the street. No fee.

Silver Sands State Park
East Broadway
Milford, Connecticut
Ph: 203-735-4311
Silver Sands State Park is a State beach with an offshore island that is connected to the mainland by a sand and gravel bar (tombolo) that is submerged at high tide. Captain Kidd is reputed to have buried his treasure on the island in 1699. The island’s interior is closed May 1 through August 31 to protect heron and egret rookeries. No fee.

Walnut Beach
113 East Broadway
Milford, Connecticut
Walnut Beach is a sandy beach and a great place to spend the day strolling along the edge of the Long Island Sound or fishing from the pier. Visitors have a view of Charles Island from this site. There is a large parking lot. There is a fee.

Lighthouse Point Park
Lighthouse Road
New Haven, Connecticut
Lighthouse Point Park offers something for everyone. One can view the 70-foot tall Five-Mile Point Lighthouse constructed in the 1840’s and also the Southwest Ledge Light, a scenic operating lighthouse. There is a fee.

Altschuler Beach
Altschuler Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Beaches from Bradley Point Park to Sandy Point are networked through a 1.7 mile walkway providing pedestrians, bicyclists and roller-bladers a continuous waterfront urban “greenway.” Views of Long Island Sound exist throughout most of the walkway. Most beach parking lots in West Haven close at 11:30 p.m. although the walkway is open 24 hours, every day. No fee.

Baybrook Beach
New Haven Avenue
West Haven, Connecticut
Baybrook Beach is a small sandy beach. There is a small parking lot which accommodates only 2 or 3 cars. This site is ideal for bird watching. Visitors can enjoy a picnic at one of the tables provided. No fee.

Bradley Point Park
Captain Thomas Boulevard
West Haven, Connecticut
Bradley Point Park includes a small sandy beach and a developed walkway parallel to Long Island Sound. Park benches on-site provide vantage points for visitors to enjoy extensive views of Long Island Sound. Three sets of permanent posts for impromptu volleyball games are available on the sandy beach (in-season), thereby broadening the number of possible recreational opportunities for visitors. A temporary portable toilet serves as the only restroom facility on-site. There is a fee.

Dawson Avenue Beach/Abbott Park
Dawson Avenue and Ocean Avenue
West Haven, Connecticut
Dawson Avenue Beach is a wide sandy beach with some shallow water areas provides an ideal place for a family picnic with small children. No fee.

Morse Beach
Morse Avenue/Beach Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Morse Beach is a large sandy beach. Visitors can enjoy distant views of the lighthouse in New Haven Harbor. A rocky outcropping into the Long Island Sound is suitable for fishing. There is a fee.

Oak Street Beach
Oak Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Oak Street Beach is a sandy beach with a pier. This site is ideal for fishing. Night lights installed on the pier make walking out on the pier for strolling or fishing more pleasant. This beach is the site of recorded music four nights a week during the summer season. There is a fee.

Peck Beach
Peck Avenue/Beach Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Peck Beach is a narrow beach nearly a mile long. Two stairways cross over sandy dunes to access sandy beach and waterfront. Parking is available at a City parking lot at Morse Beach about 3/4 miles to the east of Peck Beach. Visitors are advised to drop off beach gear with a companion at Peck Beach before parking and walking to this beach. There is a fee.

Sandy Point
Beach Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Sandy Point is a long stretch of sandy beach extending into New Haven Harbor that is popular for birding. To help you reach Sandy Point, some routes leading to this site are posted with the brown and white Long Island Sound Access sign.
There is a fee.

Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary
Beach Street Sandy Point
West Haven, Connecticut
Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary is a great place for bird watching. Visitors will find that the site is sometimes closed for protection of the birds. There is a parking lot on-site. There is a fee.

Savin Rock Conference Center Water Access
Rock Street
West Haven, Connecticut
Savin Rock Conference Center provides benches, telescopes and occasional public art displays. Interpretive signage is provided on the origins of Savin Rock. A gazebo is available if you prefer the shade. Beaches are adjacent to this site.
There is a fee.

Seabluff Beach
Captain Thomas Boulevard/Ocean Avenue
West Haven, Connecticut
Seabluff Beach is one of West Haven’s largest beaches. Three sets of volleyball posts are installed here for public use. This beach marks the western end of the West Haven beaches walkway. A linear parking lot and temporary sanitary facilities are in place at this site. Seabluff Beach is adjacent to Bradley Point Park. No fee.

South Street Beach
South Street/Ocean Avenue
West Haven, Connecticut
South Street Beach offers visitors a sandy crescent beach and grassy area to enjoy Long Island Sound. South Street Beach is well-suited for those looking for a quieter more contemplative beach experience. Parking lot accessibility is best one block north of South Street, directly across from Linwood Street. There is no fee.

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