Day at the Beach

When summer is here, you’ll find most of the state heads for the coast at the weekends. But those can be the busiest times for Connecticut beaches, especially when you’re looking for parking. So, if it’s a one-day getaway you’re looking for, take a day off work and try one of these breezy beach towns for a fun and sun-filled day at the shore.

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Branford Beach & Brew Madison Music & Moxie Guilford Grill & Chill Explore More of the Shore
Town of Branford

Branford Beach & Brew

Branford is home to Stony Creek Beach and Branford Point Beach, two great public beaches, both staffed by lifeguards. Off shore, you’ll find the Thimble Islands, and you can even take a cruise out to see both the wildlife and the good life out there. After all that water, drench your thirst with a craft beer at Stony Creek Brewery, which welcomes guests on deck overlooking the Sound and food truck munchies.

Town of Guilford

Guilford Grill & Chill

Guilford is known as a charming New England town that’s also an arts destination. The Guildford Green hosts art shows and crafts fests and other events all summer long. Jacob’s Beach is the town beach, offering lifeguard protected swimming and grills. It’s also the place you can sign up for the Connecticut Shoreline Bike/Boat Tour, which is a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the beauty of the beaches.

Explore More of the Shore

Connecticut’s Long Island Sound beaches extend from Greenwich to Stonington. From seafood shacks to lighthouse tours, you’ll find everything you need to enjoy a perfect day at the Connecticut shore. 

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