One of the longest stretches of beach along the Connecticut shore, Hammonasset
Beach State Park is home to a wide variety of things do to. When planning a
day at the beach in Madison Connecticut, visitors can enjoy the typical activities
of sun and surf along with camping, a nature center, and walking trails. One
of the most visited of all of the Connecticut
beaches, this beach in Madison Connecticut winds for more than two miles
along Long Island Sound. Visitors can go for a stroll along the boardwalk, go
swimming, hang out on the shore, and rent a beach chair for a relaxing snooze
in the sun.
Hammonasset Beach also is a popular place for saltwater wishing and boating. Plenty of amenities are provided for visitor comfort at Hammonasset Beach, including food concessions, lifeguards, a car-top boat launch, and a bathhouse.
Just across from the bathhouse, park visitors will find the Meigs Point Nature Center. Throughout the year, the nature center offers a variety of programs, exhibits, and educational programs. Live animals in need of some help have come into the care of the staff. Because they cannot be released back into the wild, these crabs, fish, turtles, and other creatures serve as animal ambassadors. During the summer, some animals are brought in for a touch tank and then returned to Long Island Sound. In addition to the animals, the nature center offers nature walks and other fun programs relating to local environmental matters.
Pets are allowed in a picnic area Hammonasset Beach State Park as long as they're on a leash. Pets aren't allowed on the beach or at the campground. The picnic area also features four covered shelters, which can be reserved on dates between Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
After hanging out on the beach in Madison Connecticut, park visitors can explore the scenic setting that includes a rocky shoreline, tidal wetlands, and the rolling surf. A long network of trails winds around the park, making it easy to get out and enjoy some of nature's most beautiful scenery.
The William F. Miller Campground at Hammonasset Beach State Park can accommodate tent camping and RVs, offering more than 500 sites in total. Connecticut residents receive a discount, and reservations are available between May 15 and October 31.
Hammonasset Beach is open year-round from 8 a.m. to sunset. From the middle of May through the end of October, campers and anglers with permits are allowed to enter the park after the sun goes down. Park fees are collected between Memorial and Labor days, as well as during the weekend in April, May, and September.
Hammonasset Beach is just one the state parks that preserve part of the Long Island Sound shoreline. Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme also has a wide, sandy beach and campsites, in addition to a fishing pier and a diverse network of trails. In Milford, beachcombers can enjoy the sound at Silver Sands State Park. Here, in the spring and fall, visitors can walk along a sand bar to get to an offshore island where the pirate Captain Kidd is reputed to have buried treasure.