Instagrammable CT: On the Water at Connecticut's State Parks Last Updated: August 2023
Grab your gear and make a splash by spending some time on the water at one of Connecticut’s state parks. And thanks to the Passport to Parks Program, Connecticut residents can access state parks for free this year. These destinations aren’t just great for on-the-water activities, but they also offer spectacular views—perfect for your Instagram feed. With our Instagrammable Connecticut series, we’re inviting Instagrammers to share their pictures. Check back often for new topics. Or if you have some photos to share, tag them with #CTvisit!
Silver Sands State Park in Milford, CT
At Silver Sands State Park visitors can enjoy views of Charles Island, which is now home to a bird sanctuary.
“I chose to visit Silver Sands as it is one of my favorite places on the Connecticut shoreline to catch a sunrise, as the landscape-ocean views with the island in the distance is simply incredible.” -Jason W.
Lake Waramaug State Park in Kent, CT
Sightseers and photographers flock to enjoy #goldenhour at Lake Warmaug.
“I shot this last summer during golden hour, just before 8pm. I used an Olympus EM 10 and edited with an app called VSCO. I visited Lake Waramaug to visit a family friend's new lake house, I live in NY and go to school in Boston so I'm often in Connecticut!” – Kate W.
Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, CT
Besides its popular beach, Rocky Neck State Park is also filled with scenic trails. Some will lead you to a few of the parks hidden gems like its salt marsh, baker’s cave, or Tony’s nose and shipyard.
“I took this photo in early March, while wandering the park and looking for a good place to photograph the sunset. The photo was edited using Adobe light room, to bring up the shadows as well as color correct for shooting in a RAW format. I visited the park for its lovely beach with a lot of rocky landscapes as well as a very nice pavilion with great architecture. I travel to the Connecticut coastline often looking for awesome landscape photography opportunities.” – Kyle S.
Mansfield Hollow State Park in Mansfield, CT
Mansfield Hollow‘s 500-acre lake is a great destination for on-the-water activities like kayaking, boating, and fishing.
“This photo was taken in July, during mid-day with an iPhone 6 camera. We chose to visit Mansfield Hollow State Park because it’s close to home and one of our favorite places to paddle.” – Ali J.
Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT
Take a walk on the beach at Harkness Memorial State Park or spend some time exploring the grounds of Eolia, the family mansion that was built in 1906 and located on 230 seaside acres right inside the park.
“This photo was taken in July, mid-afternoon with my smart phone and no filters were used. We live in Connecticut and love being outdoors. We wanted to see more of the state, which is what brought us to Harkness Memorial Park”. – Bernadette R.