We Nutmeggers know that summertime in Connecticut is a very special experience! After long brutal winters, we know how to enjoy the summer sun! All around Connecticut, locals are out grazing in the summer heat, but few places offer the ideal swimming spot... and we in Cheshire know of three perfect spots to cool off in the summer sun, and swimming isn't everything... these parks offer a variety of extracurriculars; from fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, and best of all, the perfect picnic spots! So grab your trunks, a bottle of white and head to one these three perfect summer spots.
Wharton Brook State Park, North Haven
Directions: From I-91 (north or south): Take Exit 13. Left at the end of the long exit ramp onto Route 5 south. Park entrance comes up quickly on the left.
OK, well first of all, Wharton Brook is a designated Trout Park, which means that it is stocked weekly with fish from the state's fish hatcheries, uh...really? A great day of fishing is Guaranteed for you and your friends or child, who can come here and learn the ropes... theres no going home without a catch here!
This Park began as a rest areas for travelers. People could stop to have their cars serviced while enjoying a nice picnic lunch with friends. In 1918 Wharton Brook was finally established as a park.
*Note to Swimmers: Please read the Beach Rules and Swimming Safety Information before entering the park.
*Note to Fishers: Trout Park will have more fish in them, but their daily creel limit (the number of trout an angler can keep) has been reduced from five to two fish per day in order to spread the catch among a greater number of anglers.
For more information or fees and such visit CT GOV.
Wadsworth State Park, Middletown
The mists of the waterfall here alone make Wadsworth worth the trip! The exquisite biking and walking paths lead right to the Coginchaug River, a historically important piece of local history. Not too far away sits one of the first Pistol Factories in Connecticut, which was first operated during the 1800s and played a major part in the civil war. Needless to say, there is definitely more than just swimming here. Check out the Wadsworth State Park Website for more information.
Black Rock State Park, Watertown
Another Designated Trout Park! This steep wooded park, covered with Pine, Hemlock and Oak is the go to place for excellent swimming, hiking, and scenic views, all tucked into the rolling hills of the Western Highlands! Home to 78 campsites both in wooded and field areas habitats (the camping season begins mid-April until September 30). Hiking here is like nothing you've ever experienced; especially on the Mattatuck Trail from the Grey Stone section of Waterbury to the Wigwam Reservoir in Morris and thanks to the Connecticut Forrest and Park Association, the parks are meticulously maintained!...and all by volunteers! Thanks Guys! Check out the Black Rock State Park Website for more information.
Silver Sands State Park, Milford
This state park in Milford consists of 297 acres of beaches, dunes, salt marshes, wooded and open areas. It offers great swimming in Long Island Sound, multiple walking trails and great picnicking areas perfect for bird watching. 14 of the acres are actually the bird sanctuary of Charles Island, which is also the area rumored to be the site of Captain Kidd's Buried Treasure. Silver Sands is located directly across from Walnut Beach, with the main entrance located on Meadow side Road in Milford.
Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic
The 700 acre Rocky Neck state park features 1/2 mile of crescent shaped white sandy beach and clear water, and the rest of the terrain is quite varied, offering something for every taste. There are numerous trails, varying in type and terrain, which provide a lot of unique opportunities for walks to the scenic salt marshes, Baker's Cave, Tony's Nose and Shipyard. The pavilion offers the perfect spot for a picnic or family gathering. To the west of the park lies a tidal river and the east is where you'll find the salt marsh. Both Native Americans and Colonists knew Rocky Neck as a place of abundant fishing and wildlife. Osprey, cranes and herons can be seen regularly, hiding in the cattails and herring swim into Bride Brook to spawn. Fishermen can catch mackerel, striped bass, black fish and flounder.
Misquamicut Beach, Rhode Island
Misquamicut Beach has always been a a favorite summer destination for locals and visitors from Connecticut and with over half a mile of beach front and a number of local activities for children, it is one of the most popular beach destinations in the area, so there are sure to be a lot of crowds in the summertime. There are bathhouses, showers, a gazebo and concession area, which also houses a gift shop! Go see what all the hype is about at one of the busiest summer beaches!
Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport
Pleasure beach, recently reopened in June, 2014, after being closed for almost 2 decades. It extends 2 1/2 miles from Point to Point, connecting to Long Beach in Stratford. Prior to June 2014, it was Connecticut's largest ghost town. It was abandoned fairly recently in the 90's after a large fire on the bridge (which connects it to the mainland) destroyed access. It has since been a favorite destination for visitors, who can get there seven days a week on of the two free water taxis.
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