Hammonasset Beach State Park

41.260876, -72.555821
1288 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-2785
(203) 245-1817 Campground (seasonal)
New Haven County

Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut’s largest shoreline park with 2 miles of swimmable beach. The park offers more than traditional beach activities: it’s a popular hiking and biking area, fishing area (in designated areas), is home to Meigs Point Nature Center (an educational environment facility), and a popular camping site. The sand is mostly debris-free with crushed shells mixed in with larger amounts at the water’s edge. The grade to the water is gradual although there is a larger drop-off in comparison to other Connecticut beaches.

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Hours Of Operation

8am - sunset

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Weekdays: Connecticut residents, $9; non-residents or out of state vehicles, $15
Weekends and Holidays: residents, $13; non-residents, $22
After 4pm: residents, $6; non-residents, $7
Season Passes: residents, $67; non-residents, $112
Mini Bus, 13 – 29 Passengers: Connecticut vehicle, $33; out of state vehicle, $60
Bus, 30+ passengers: Connecticut vehicle, $101; out of state vehicle, $150 (requires permit)

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Life Guard Schedule

On-duty weekends, holidays, and some weekdays Memorial Day – Labor Day, 10am-6pm. Check for signs and green flags to determine if lifeguards are on-duty.

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Not allowed; grilling in designated areas allowed

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Primarily a carry in/carry out beach, concession stands are available on-site and open Memorial Day – Labor Day.

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Hotels/motels and rentals are within 5-10 minutes driving. Additionally there are over 550 campsites available. Campsite Information

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Permitted on a leash in the picnic areas year round; from November 1 – April 1 pets are permitted on beach and campgrounds on leash.

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Picnic Area

Tables are located throughout the park; some are under gazebos, and others located in the shade of trees. Grills are available on-site.

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Public Transportation


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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and showers are available on-site.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding


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Walking Trails

Available on-site Trail Information

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Water Temperature

Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

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