Soundview Beach

41.284287, -72.277710  
88 Hartford Avenue
Old Lyme, CT 06371
New London County

Soundview Beach is a small community beach with limited parking. With only 100 feet of shoreline, the beach fills up quickly during the summer months. Convenient with the amenities located within walking distance; this beach is also a popular location for live bands and hanging out at the bars located there. The sand contains minimal crushed shells, rocks, and debris until the water’s edge where there is a large concentration from the tides. The slope to the water is gradual, and the waves are small due to the Long Island Sound. The beach draws a younger crowd. Coolers are restricted to 5 quarts maximum.

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Hours Of Operation

Sunrise to sunset

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Sound View Parking Lot and Hartford Ave. street parking - “Pay-to-Park” 10:00am to 6:00pm; After 6:00 pm parking is free - Parking lot closes at 9:00pm - One motorcycle per space
Parking fees: Weekday, $5.00 per 2 hours and Weekends / Holidays, $7.00 per 2 hours; pay at Kiosk meters (Cash-bills, Master Card or Visa accepted) 2 Hour minimum - Pay up to 8 hours or go back to Kiosk and add time as needed 
Beach Sticker: Residents with current Old Lyme Beach Stickers - park free. The sticker must match your license plate and be attached to your windshield.
Handicap Parking:  2 handicap parking spaces are located on Hartford Avenue and 5 in the Town Parking lot. Same rates as regular parking.
Business Parking: There are 30 minute short-term free parking spaces on Hartford Avenue for business patrons.
Privately owned and permitted parking lots are located: 3 on Swan Ave, 3 on Portland Ave and 1 on Pond Road. Fees are determined by the operator.

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Life Guard Schedule

No lifeguard on-duty

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Not allowed on the beach

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Primarily a carry in/carry out facility, food vendors are available within steps from the beach.

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Hotels/motels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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Not allowed

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Picnic Area

Picnic tables are available in the parking lot.

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Only a volleyball net set up

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Public Transportation

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Restrooms / Showers

Portable toilets are available in the parking lot.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding


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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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