7 Great Tide Pools to Take Kids to in Connecticut

One of my favorite things as a child was searching the seashore for shells. To be honest, I never cared much to go into the deep, dark water. Perhaps this is why I loved tide pools so much- I could spend hours mining through rocks and sand and collecting all the little creatures and shells that the tides left behind. Fortunate for us, we can enjoy the unique ecosystem of the Long Island Sound on many of our Connecticut Beaches  

Now that I am a parent, I love sharing this great New England tradition with my daughter. I love the sense of exploration that tide pools enable without the need for floatation devices. They also provide the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day.  Each one of the beaches in this list offers the perfect setting for your budding marine life expert.  Make sure you check out the tide charts before you hit the road. 

Silver Sands State Park- Milford 
If the tide is on your side, enjoy a walk out to Charles Island. The beaches here are rocky and rough and allow for tons of exploring between sandbars.  This is a great place for kids to look for little crabs at low tide. 

1 Silver Sands Park Way, Milford, CT 06460

Bluff Point State Park - Groton
Many visitors have referred to this park as a “little slice of heaven” as it provides spectacular wildlife viewing of the Long Island Sound. Be sure to pack your sneakers for the walk through the woods to the bluff. 

55 Depot Rd, Groton, CT 06340

Hammonasset - Madison
Meigs Point Nature Center has a touch tank with some of its tide pool inhabitants. We loved getting a closer look at a real live whelk.  Make sure you also check out the birds in the salt marshes. 

1288 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443

Rocky Neck State Park - Niantic
The clear water and amazing walking paths make this park a true treasure at low-tide.  According to the DEEP, this state park is “Bounded on the west by a tidal river and to the east by a broad salt marsh, Rocky Neck was known to both Indians and colonists as a place of abundant fish and wildlife.”

244 W Main St, Niantic, CT 06357

Waterford Beach Park - Waterford 
Waterford Beach Park provides its guests with a “rare opportunity to experience an unmodified natural beach with outstanding views of Long Island Sound and an extensive tidal marsh.”  

317 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385

Sherwood Island State Park - Westport
Low tide at this beach creates sandbars that are perfect for digging for crabs and other creatures. Make sure you check out the Nature Center Activities for some hands on fun! 

Sherwood Island Connector, Westport, CT 06880

Harvey’s Beach  - Westbrook 
The shallow water at this beach creates a natural pool at low tide.  Be sure to bring beach shoes to explore this rocky portion of the coastline. 

Great Hammock, Old Saybrook, CT 06475


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