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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. 

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Calf Pasture Beach

Norwalk, CT


Attractions: Fishing, softball fields, volleyball courts, and sailboat/windsurf/kayak rentals next door at Norwalk sailing school, skate park, basketball courts

Hours: Open Memorial Day through middle of October, sunrise to sunset.

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: $20 weekdays; $25 weekends and holidays; $5 after 5pm all days.


Jennings Beach

Fairfield, CT


Attractions: Playground, restrooms, food concession, picnic area with public grills.

Hours: Beach open from 10am-11pm. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.

Cost: Parking: $15 weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays. Seasonal passes are available: $135 for nonresidents, $20 for residents.


Lake Mohegan

Fairfield, CT


Attractions: Lake beach with public grills, picnic area, and sprinkler park.

Hours: Beach area opens at 10am through 11pm. Swimming not allowed after dark. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm; sometimes through 8pm.

Cost: Weekdays: residents $8, children $4; non-residents $15, children $8. Weekends and holidays: residents $10, children $6. Non-residents $18, children $12. Seasonal passes are available $20 per person.


Penfield Beach

Fairfield, CT


Attractions: Playground, picnic area with public grills, food concession, and restrooms.

Hours: Beach open from 10am-11pm nonresidents until 10pm without sticker. Lifeguards on duty 10am-6pm.

Cost: Parking: $15 weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays. Seasonal passes are available: $135 for nonresidents, $20 for residents.


Seaside Park Beach

Bridgeport, CT


Attractions: Picnic area, food concession, bathhouse, restrooms skate park, track, and light house.

Hours: Open 8am to dusk, seven days a week, weekends 8am to dusk.

Cost: $5 resident parking sticker year round or $75 for non-residents. Daily fee: $20 residents, $40 non-residents.


Sherwood Island State Park

Westport, CT


Attractions: Fishing, food concession, bathhouse, and swimming areas.

Hours: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 8am until sunset.

Cost: Parking: Weekdays: $9 Connecticut residents, $15 non-residents. Weekends: $13 residents, $22 non-residents. After 4pm: $6 residents, $7 non-residents. Season pass available: $67 for residents and $112 for non-CT residents (allows entrance into any Connecticut state park during the summer).


Weed Beach

Darien, CT


Attractions: Public grills, picnic areas, tennis courts (reservations required), and restrooms, playgrounds.

Hours: Open seven days a week, 9am to sunset.

Cost: Parking: $40 per car. Darien residents can purchase an annual beach permit for the season for $40.



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