Penfield Beach

There are many beautiful and fun beaches front Long Island Sound. Places like Rocky Neck State Park, Silver Sands State Park, and Penfield Beach offer acres of access to the water and scenic settings of the Connecticut coast. When choosing a Long Island Sound beach, vacationers know they can soak in the sun and have some fun in one of the most ecologically diverse watersheds on the East Coast.

With 30 miles of coastline and close proximity to New York City, Fairfield County sets the stage for a variety of beach vacations. Calf Pasture Beach and Shady Beach in Norwalk, Cove Island Park in Stamford, and Pear Tree Point Beach in Darien are just a few of the choices for a beach along the Long Island Sound beach in Fairfield County.

The city that shares the same name as the county is also a popular choice for a day at the beach. When planning a trip to the beach in Fairfield Connecticut, visitors and residents have their choice of several different beaches along the sound and Lake Mohegan. Penfield Beach offers a wide range of visitor amenities and is the biggest beach in Fairfield. Its Penfield Pavilion offers a place to change clothes, rent a locker, prepare for time in the sun, and purchase snacks. The long stretch of sandy beach has room for those who want to sunbathe, swim, watch for wildlife, and go for a stroll. There's also a playground, picnic area, and barbecue grills.

Rickards Beach is another stretch of sand along the sound that's a popular summertime destination. Because of the close proximity to Penfield Beach, it shares a parking area and visitor amenities with its bigger neighbor.

Another beach in Fairfield Connecticut, Jennings Beach is primed for recreation with a fishing pier, wide swath of beach, volleyball courts, a boat launch, lifeguards, restrooms, and a picnic area. Walking paths and hiking trails wind through the park, providing a nice complement to a stroll on the sand. Just across the street, the Henry Rowland Memorial Playground is a popular place for families.

One more Long Island Sound beach, Southport, is a cozy place for swimming, fishing, and admiring the scenery. It does have a few visitor amenities, including a picnic area and changing rooms.

The Lake Mohegan Recreation Area encompasses more than 170 acres in Fairfield. Like Jennings Beach, it combines the typical beach and park offerings with hiking trails, walking paths, and places for swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. Visitors can book a fishing charter with a local expert; the lake is well-stocked with trout and bass. The ecologically diverse park also is home to food concessions and a picnic area.

Visitors have access to the beach in Fairfield Connecticut practically all day—from dawn to 11 p.m. At all the beaches, lifeguards are on duty on the weekend between mid-May and mid-June and daily until the end of August. Daily parking fees are collected at Penfield Beach and Jennings Beach, which cost more on weekends on holidays and weekends. An access fee is also charged to visit Lake Mohegan, and discounts are available for children, residents, and weekday visits.

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