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In Search of a Summer Swim? 10 Sandy Shores Near Ridgefield

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Written by Adrienne Burke
Seaside Park in Bridgeport (photo: bethannebee via flickr)

Today’s cool and rainy weather might make this week’s heat wave seem a distant memory, but here’s where to head when the next one hits. These beaches at a lake, a pond, the Housatonic River, and the Long Island Sound are all within a short drive of Easton. Click on beach names for directions and more information.

* Of course there’s our own  Martin Park Beach Ridgefield – Drop in $15 residents/ $20 non residents. Open 10am-7pm daily until September 3

1. Seaside Park, Bridgeport: $20 daily car pass, $75 for season (CT plates). Open 8:00 am – dusk.

2. Lake Mohegan, Fairfield: $20 season pass (non-Fairfield resident). Open dawn – 11:00 pm.

3. Jennings Beach, Fairfield: $15 per vehicle weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays. Parking fees imposed 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Open dawn – 11:00 pm.

4. Pennfield Beach, Fairfield: $15 per vehicle weekdays, $25 weekends and holidays. Parking fees imposed 10:00 am – 8:00 pm. Open dawn – 11:00 pm.

5. Topstone Beach, Redding: $10 adults, $8 children (non-Redding residents). Open 10:00 am – 7:00 pm daily from June 21 – August 28, and until 8:00 pm weekdays June 21- July 31.

6. Indian Well State Park, Shelton: $9 per vehicle weekends, $6 per vehicle weekdays, reduced after 4:00 pm (CT residents). Open 8:00 am – sunset.
7. Long Beach, Stratford: Beach parking stickers $15 (non-Stratford resident day pass, $100 for season).
8. Short Beach, Stratford: Beach parking stickers $15 (non-Stratford resident day pass). Lifeguards on duty 10:00 am – 4:30 pm.
9. Sherwood Island State Park, Westport: $13 per vehicle weekends, $9 per vehicle weekdays, reduced after 4:00 pm (CT residents). Open 8:00 am – sunset.
10. Compo Beach, Westport: $30 per vehicle weekdays, $50 weekends and holidays. Open 4:00 am – 10:00 pm.
Kerry Anne Ducey

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