Short Beach Park  
41.162763, -73.110279
739-753 Short Beach Road
Stratford, CT 06615
(203) 385-4085
(203) 385-4100
Fairfield County

Short Beach Park boasts many amenities as it caters to masses. This beach includes a golf course, a calisthenics course, playground, softball fields, basketball courts, tennis/paddle ball courts, volleyball courts, and beach area. Additionally, the beach offers pavilions for rental and offers sailboard lessons away from the main beach area. Sand on the beach has a heavy mix of crushed shells and pebbles throughout with bands of seaweed near the water’s edge. Waves are small due to Long Island Sound, and the grade to the water is steeper than most Connecticut beaches, but manageable. Two beach wheelchairs are available and must be reserved 24 hours in advance (203)385-4052.

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Hours Of Operation

6am to 10pm

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Parking permits are required May 31- Labor Day.
Beach stickers may be obtained at the Recreation office at Birdseye Complex, Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 4:00 pm.
For those residents with new cars or leased vehicles, a car registration or tax bill and a driver’s license must be shown to obtain the stickers at the Recreation Office at Birdseye Complex.
Non-resident fee, $20
Non-residents may purchase seasonal passes at the Recreation Office for $150. Recreation office hours are 8:00 – 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from April 22 through September 30 from 8:00 – 2:00 p.m.

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Life Guard

On-duty daily from 10am-4:30pm mid June through Labor Day; no floatation devices allowed

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Not allowed on the beach

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Primarily a carry in/carry out beach, a concession stand is available on-site.

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Hotels/motels and rentals are within five minutes of driving.

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Not allowed from April through November

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Picnic Area

Picnic tables are provided in multiple areas.

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A large playground is available.

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Public Transportation

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms and showers for rinsing are provided.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Not allowed

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Walking Trails


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Water Quality


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

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