Beach life is the good life, right? Sure, your lazy days of summer spent lounging in the sun may seem like a thing of the past, but exploring the Connecticut coastline with a toddler in tow is a whole new kind of fun. Chances are you are just a quick trip away from one of these beaches & lakes to explore around the state. So, after you have thrown in the bathing suit, swim diaper, change of clothes, another change of clothes, sunscreen, more sunscreen, bug spray, a towel, another towel, sand toys, and a beach chair (you know, for all that sitting you are going to do), it’s time to hit the road and check out one of these toddler approved spots.
What makes these parks “toddler approved”. Well, for starters, all have bathrooms and concessions. They also have a little something else to occupy your wee one's sense of wanderlust. From nature centers, to splash pads, swimming pools and campgrounds - each one of these beaches should make planning a summer day feel like a breeze!
Calf Pasture - Norwalk
There is so much going on at Calf Pasture Beach all summer long. Enjoy the playgrounds, newly added splash pad, and mini golf all situated on 3/4 of a mile of open coastline with beautiful views. There are also special events scheduled all season long from car shows to concerts. Enjoy a meal at Ripkas Beach Cafe, a full service restaurant.
Ocean Beach Park - New London
Sugar sand beach - Check! Amuseument Rides - Check! Mini Golf - Check! Pool, Waterslide, AND Spraypark - Check, Check, and Check! Ocean Beach Park has it all. Grab a bite to eat at the Sandbar Cafe.
Jennings Beach - Fairfield
This 27 acre site offers visitors a large sandy beach with great views of Long Island Sound. It is handicapped accessible with a concession stand, and bathroom facilities. This beach is also connected to the very popular Sandcastle Playground and is definitely worth checking out.
Photo by Ally Noel
Hammonasset Beach State Park - Madison
Hammonasset has always had a lot going for it, a mile long beach, concessions, full amenities, fishing, and camping. But this year it has added the newly opened Megis Point Nature Center. The Meigs Point Nature Center is an environmental education facility run and operated by the Department of Environmental Protection. They have a variety of summer activities that are sure to thrill your budding naturalist.
Rocky Neck State Beach - East Lyme
Clear waters and a stone-free beach with expanses of white sand make it ideal for swimming. Diverse trails within the park provide easy and interesting walks to the scenic salt marsh and to points of interest such as Baker's Cave, and Tony's Nose and Shipyard. Keep an eye out for ospreys, cranes, herons and other waterfowl. Rocky Neck provides something for all members of the family.
Looking for more beach fun? Then check out 13 Great Beach Day Trips in Ct .
Top photo: Hammonasset Beach State Park. Photo by Rickpilot_2000/CC BY 2.0