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Want to spend a day at the beach without breaking the bank? If you are a Connecticut Resident, you’re in luck! These beaches offer free parking and beach access for Nutmeggers.

hammonasset beach state park

Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison

This is a classic, but it’s a classic for a reason. Kid-Friendly features include snack stands, plenty of restrooms, and a playground.

West Beach features traditional sand, but our favorite hidden gem in the park is Meig’s Point. The beach tends to be quieter, and there is an incredible Nature Center, which has TONS of free activities for kids.

Cost: Free for CT Residents, Non Resident $22

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Williams Beach Park 

This is one of our favorite hidden gems in Mystic. Located behind the Mystic YMCA, there is no fee for parking. It’s small, but features a playground and plenty of areas for kids to dig in the sand. Perfect for families with young kids.

Rocky Neck State Park

This is another state park beach- which means that it is free for CT Residents! It has a pavilion and some incredible hiking trails- the perfect because for exploring all the local wildlife.

Note that an out of state resident fee of $22 applies- visit CT Deep for more information.

Silver Sands State Park

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Silver Sands State Park

Another great spot for CT residents, Silver Sands in Milford features coastline, sand, and boardwalks. There is also an incredible sandbar, although families should take note that there can be dangerous currents when the tide comes in. Caution is key!

There are family restrooms and changing facilities, which makes it a great spot to explore with kids.

Cost: Free for CT Residents, Nonresident fee of $22.

Esker point Beach

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Esker Point Beach, Groton

This free town beach is calm and quiet with ample parking, making it a great spot for families. Restrooms, plenty of shade, and a quiet place to splash in the water make it a great spot for families!

Sherwood Island

Photo Credit: Friends of Sherwood Island State Park

Sherwood Island State Park

This is Connecticut’s very first state park, and it’s easy to see how it set off the CT State Parks movement. Tons of nature programs, great facilities, and plenty of places to swim and play in the sand makes it a great spot for families.

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