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jimmer2880
04-07-2008, 12:52 PM
We are driving from Maryland this summer to visit my sister in Stowe, VT. My wife and I have decided it would be best on our 2 year old and 5 year old to stop around New Haven, CT for the night (about 5-6 hour drive from home). We are hoping to find a hotel somewhere on the coast to let our kids play on the beach (They have never seen the ocean yet).

Can anyone recommend a beach around the New Haven area? I have attached our route and don't mind driving a little out of the way if it is worth it. The further north, the better.

http://i76.photobucket.com/albums/j7/jimmer2880/trip.jpg

TMCNo1
04-07-2008, 01:09 PM
You have to drive to or beyond New London, CT or Mystic, CT to be exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, otherwise your at/seeing the Long Island Sound. Still salt water, but not really the same if the Atlanic Ocean is what your looking for.:twocents:

JerryS
04-07-2008, 01:13 PM
The 2 big ones on the CT coastline are Sherwood Island and Hammonassett State Park. The latter is a bit out of your way - as it is about 30 minutes east of where 91 splits off of 95. I would say it is the bigger of the 2 though.

http://ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325260

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325210

Those are links to the above.

There are smaller beaches all along the sound's shoreline. Walnut Beach in Milford, CT and Bradley Point in West Haven, CT come to mind. Haven't been to Walnut in ages, but I do recall they had life guards there. Not sure about Bradley Point.

Have a good trip!

Jerry

jimmer2880
04-07-2008, 01:24 PM
Thank you. Any thoughts on the Lighthouse park in New Haven? That looks kind of neat for kids (splash area)

jimmer2880
04-07-2008, 01:27 PM
You have to drive to or beyond New London, CT or Mystic, CT to be exposed to the Atlantic Ocean, otherwise your at/seeing the Long Island Sound. Still salt water, but not really the same if the Atlanic Ocean is what your looking for.:twocents:

Thanks. I doubt my girls will care it's not the atlantic (nice catch though). We are mainly just looking for a beach for them to play on.

TMCNo1
04-07-2008, 01:40 PM
The 2 big ones on the CT coastline are Sherwood Island and Hammonassett State Park. The latter is a bit out of your way - as it is about 30 minutes east of where 91 splits off of 95. I would say it is the bigger of the 2 though.

http://ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?A=2716&Q=325260

http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=325210

Those are links to the above.

There are smaller beaches all along the sound's shoreline. Walnut Beach in Milford, CT and Bradley Point in West Haven, CT come to mind. Haven't been to Walnut in ages, but I do recall they had life guards there. Not sure about Bradley Point.

Have a good trip!

Jerry


We've been to Mildord, CT, when we visited TT member kas and his family in 2003. They live about a mile from Walnut Beach. Milford is one nice town, beautiful country, doughnut shops everywhere. We toured the back country one day with them and went to Bridgeport, Bridgewater and Inland Inboards (MC dealer) in New Milford, CT. Rode the train into NYC from Milford on Sept. 11, '03 and spent the day touring the Big Apple, nice place to visit, but don't want to ever live there.

jimmer2880
04-07-2008, 03:10 PM
That sounds like a neat trip. I wish we had that more time to visit than just the afternoon.

Jerseydave
04-07-2008, 03:27 PM
Be sure to visit Mystic Seaport, CT. Cool place for kids and adults

http://www.mysticseaport.org/

If you have time, take the ferry to Block Island. I've never been there, but heard it's nice.

Belmar, NJ has a nice beach which is really on the ocean. After heading home from there you can stop at Bordentown, NJ for a pull if I'm around. :)