By NYMetroParents Staff

Best Beaches for Families in Connecticut

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UPDATED JUNE 2014: Get ready for the smell of sunscreen and the feel of sand between your toes. Gather up the whole family for a day at the beach to catch some waves and get back to relaxation. Our guide to beaches in the Connecticut area, including Fairfield County, to keep your summer plans ocean-sprayed. 

kids at the beach; children playing in the ocean

 

Fairfield County

 

Calf Pasture Beach

Norwalk
203-854-7806
Attractions: Fishing, softball fields, volleyball courts, skate park, basketball courts, and sailboat/windsurf/kayak rentals next door at Norwalk sailing school
Hours: Memorial Day through middle of October, sunrise to sunset (7am-10pm)
Cost: FREE admission. Norwalk residents: To receive a free beach pass (for free parking), visit norwalkct.org or call the Recreation and Parks office (open Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm). Parking for non-residents: $25 weekdays; $30 weekends and holidays; $10 after 5pm all days.

Compo Beach

Westport
Attractions: A 29-acre park featuring a softball field, basketball courts, and a skate park. The beach area is open year-round. Parking fee in effect through Sept. 30, or show your Resident Parking Emblem.
Hours: Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm through Labor Day.
Cost: $30 on weekdays; $50 on weekends and holidays, or show your Emblem.

Lake Mohegan

Fairfield
203-256-3191
Attractions: Lake beach with public grills, picnic area, sprinkler park
Hours: 10am-11pm; swimming is not allowed after dark. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm, sometimes through 8pm.
Cost: Residents: $8 weekdays ($4 children); $10 weekends and holidays ($6 children). Non-residents: $15 weekdays ($8 children); $18 weekends and holidays ($12 children). Seasonal passes: $20; $10 for residents.

Penfield Beach

Fairfield
203-256-3191
Attractions: Playground, picnic area with public grills, food concession, restrooms
Hours: 10am-11pm daily (closes at 10pm to non-residents). Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.
Cost: Parking: $15 weekdays; $25 weekends and holidays. Parking without beach sticker: $20 weekdays; $50 weekends and holidays.  Seasonal passes: $20 residents; $135 non-residents.

South Port Beach

Fairfield
203-256-3191
Attractions: Playground, picnic area with public grills, food concessions, restrooms
Hours: 10am-11pm daily (closes at 10pm to non-residents). Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.
Cost: Parking: $15 weekdays; $25 weekends and holidays. Seasonal passes: $20 residents; not available to non-residents.

Sasco Beach

Fairfield
203-256-3191
Attractions:
Picnic area with public grills, restrooms
Hours:
Beach open 10am-11pm daily (closes at 10pm to non-residents). Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.
Cost: Parking: $15 weekdays; $25 weekends and holidays. Seasonal passes: $20 residents; not available to non-residents.

Seaside Park Beach

Bridgeport
203-576-7233
Attractions: Picnic area, food concessions, bathhouse, restrooms, skate park, track, lighthouse
Hours: 8am to dusk daily
Cost: Annual Parking Sticker: $10 for Bridgeport residents; $100 for residents outside of Bridgeport; Parking day passes: $20 CT residents, $40 out-of-state visitors.

Sherwood Island State Park

Westport
203-226-6983
Attractions: Fishing, food concessions, bathhouse, swimming areas
Hours: Year round, 8am to sunset (costs apply only from Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Cost: Weekday parking: $9 Connecticut residents; $15 non-residents. Weekend parking: $13 residents; $22 non-residents. After 4pm: $6 residents; $7 non-residents. Season pass: $67 residents; $112 non-residents (allows entrance to any Connecticut state park during the summer).

Weed Beach

Darien
203-656-7325
Attractions: Public grills, picnic areas, tennis courts, restrooms, playgrounds
Hours: 9am-10 pm daily
Cost: Parking: $40. Darien residents can purchase seasonal beach permit for $40.

Pear Tree Point Beach

Darien
203-656-7325
Attractions: Public grills, picnic areas, restrooms, food concession, playgrounds
Hours: 9am to sunset daily
Cost: Parking: $40. Darien residents can purchase a seasonal beach permit for $40.

See our complete guide to the best beaches for families in the New York City area

 

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