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Old 04-28-2010, 10:43 PM
 
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Hello. I am moving to New Haven from NY and am starting to worry about missing my beautiful beaches. Can't help it, I am a bit of a Beach Bum during the summer time. Would like advice on 1) Nice Beaches local to New Haven downtown/East Rock 2) Price for New Haven Residents and/or Non-residents 3) Parking 4) Beach Activites/board walks or any other extra things unique to the Beach.

My goal is to find a place that isn't too long of a commute, that doesn't make you park miles and miles away. Clean is always good. Thanks so much for your help!
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Old 04-29-2010, 08:22 AM
 
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Hello. I am moving to New Haven from NY and am starting to worry about missing my beautiful beaches. Can't help it, I am a bit of a Beach Bum during the summer time. Would like advice on 1) Nice Beaches local to New Haven downtown/East Rock 2) Price for New Haven Residents and/or Non-residents 3) Parking 4) Beach Activites/board walks or any other extra things unique to the Beach.

My goal is to find a place that isn't too long of a commute, that doesn't make you park miles and miles away. Clean is always good. Thanks so much for your help!
Beaches in New Haven leave a lot to be desired and the nicer ones along the shore are generally private (CT only has 12 miles of public beach, believe it or not). If you want a nice beach, check out Hammonasset in Madison. It's a bit of a drive but worth it. You can also check out Silver Sands in Milford.
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Old 04-29-2010, 10:39 AM
 
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There is a beach at Lighthouse Point Park for New Haven residents. Also there is a great harbor front park at Long Wharf Drive. You can also check out the Savin Rock section of West Haven which has a waterfront walk along the beach. Jay
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Old 04-30-2010, 09:01 PM
 
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Is Silver Sands in Milford public? I have looked up some information about Lighthouse...is it crowded during the summertime? Is parking really far away or ample and convienent? Also, something I have noticed about CT compared to NY is the complete lack of outdoor public pools (insane). I can count 4 beautiful public pools near me now. Am I right in saying that there's no public pool?
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Old 05-01-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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Parking at Lighthouse is catch as catch can. If you get there early enough you can find a spot in the park. Otherwise, good luck finding a street spot. Also, there's only one road through the Annex to the park, and one road out of the Park through the Annex. So on a gorgeous day, you're likely to be stuck in traffic just trying to get there for a half hour (even though it's only a 5-minute drive).

West Haven beaches aren't too bad, East Haven is much nicer. You can park on the side roads in East Haven (once you learn the area) without a resident sticker. Each school system has a pool in which residents are allowed to swim. So there's probably a pool at Hillhouse, though why you'd want to dip into an oversized tub filled with chlorine and peeing babies is beyond me.

There are also public parks with *fresh* water ponds and streams. There's Wharton Brook on the North Haven/Wallingford border. It's had its troubles in the past years with bacterial contamination but they keep on top of it and they won't let you into the water if it's an unsafe day.

You can go kayaking on the Quinnipiac River, however I wouldn't recommend swimming in it. The same with the Mill River.

Hammonasset is probably your best bet. It's a gorgeous beach, there's plenty of parking, it's in one of the loveliest coastal towns in the state, and they even have a nature/bird reserve up near Meig's (a section of the beach further away from the crowds).

Personally I prefer fresh water, or the small pool we put up in our back yard every year (it's just 4 feet deep and 15 feet around...one of those vinyl doohickies).
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Old 05-02-2010, 03:13 PM
 
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Hammonasset seems pretty far away. At least a 30 minute drive from what I see on the Map. With traffic is it worse? Other than traffic for Lighthouse, is it a nice place to be? Thanks for all the help everyone!
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Old 06-29-2010, 09:29 PM
 
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Hey again! Is there a fee to park at silver sands?
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Old 06-29-2010, 10:32 PM
 
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I don't believe so.
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