Though this winter was tame compared to years past, Connecticut residents once again welcome summer back with open arms. In honor of these annual three months of bliss (and so you can plan your summers accordingly), we here at IloveFC.com decided to dive right into the beaches of Fairfield County, giving you all the facts that you need to know. We hope you have a blast enjoying the sand and the sun, but remember your sunscreen!
Daily parking permits at any of the Darien beaches may be purchased for $40. Parking lots are available to all beach-goers, regardless of residency.
Pear Tree Point Beach
At the mouth of Goodwives River lies Pear Tree Point Beach. Amenities at this eight acre park include a bathing area and bathhouse, picnic tables and grills, a beautiful gazebo overlooking the sound, a concession stand, a boat launch ramp, and two beautiful beaches. There is something for everyone here. Seasonal Passes are available to residents and town employees for $35 per vehicle. Passes are $65 for nonresident taxpayers and $100 for summer residents. Resident senior citizens receive one free permit per family.
Weed Beach Park
This 22-acre park's is perfect for kids of all ages. There is bathing area, picnic areas, 6 tennis courts (home to the Future Stars Tennis Lessons), 5 paddle tennis courts, children’s play areas, a bathhouse, a fully operational concession stand, and the Darien Junior Sailing Program. Bring your family and enjoy all that this oasis has to offer.
Daily Parking fees are only available at two of Fairfield's 6 town beaches: $15 weekdays and $25 weekends and holidays. Lifeguards are on duty 10AM – 6PM during the summer and the beach is considered open from 6AM – 11PM.
At 27 acres, this is the biggest beach that Fairfield has to offer. The sloping sandy beach has a rock jetty perfect for kids hunting crabs and boat access at one end. There's a large concession stand, bathroom facilities, volleyball poles and sailboat/kayak racks. On the inland side of the parking lot is the much loved Sand Castle Playground. Residents love it and for those coming from out of town, be warned. You’ll want to stay all day!
This newly renovated three acre beach is at it's best at low tide when tidal pools abound. You can also launch your sailboat, canoe or kayak at the far end of the beach. Amenities include a beautiful new pavilion and restaurant, swing sets for children and a concession stand that offers more than your standard fair.
All beaches in the town of Greenwich are open year round, but non-residents pay to park there from May 1st to Oct 31st. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day through Labor Day from 10 am until 6 pm. The Town of Greenwich Department of Health tests the beaches weekly during the swimming season. Visit greenwichct.org to find out if and when any beaches are closed to swimming.
The Byram Beach boasts the only public pool in town, which is right on the water's edge. Bathhouses are available for those using both beach and pool, and the Park also has lighted tennis courts, as well as the only lighted ball field in Greenwich. Hours are from 10:30AM – 7:45PM in the summer (10:30AM – 5:45PM from mid-August through Labor Day.)
Great Captain’s Island and Beach
In the summer there is Ferry Service (schedule varies according to the tides) from the landing at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park off Arch Street in central Greenwich. Parking is available across Arch Street. On the island there are 2 areas to visit: a conservation area for the island habitat, and an active recreation area that includes a beach area, boat mooring, shelter and restrooms and changing rooms. Public bathing is permitted; camping is permitted through the Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation Department. The ferry is located at 100 Arch Street.
Greenwich Point Park
Greenwich Point Park (also known as Tod’s Point) is known as much for its beach as it is for its various activities, including jogging, walking, cycling, nature study, boating, fishing, sail boarding, sun bathing, swimming, and picnicking. The park is open from 6AM – Sunset.
$20 one-day non-resident parking passes are available at theses beaches from May 30th to September 5th.
Activities include a one mile jogging, walking and cycling loop, children's play area, and kite flying. You can picnic or BBQ on the grassy lawn near the beach or plunk your chairs down on the beach by the surf. It's a little rocky so surf shoes for the kids would be a good idea. Hours are from 9AM – 7PM.
This 79-acre park has a large soccer field, 4 baseball fields, basketball, handball and tennis courts, and a public marina/boat launch. Tour the boardwalk and fishing pier or stop for a snack at the snack bar. The park is open from 10AM – 5PM.
Burying Hill Beach
Activities at this small, peaceful beach include picnicking, fishing, crabbing, tidal pool exploring, and swimming. Picnic tables, grills, bathrooms and changing facilities are also available. Open 5AM – 10PM. Non-resident Daily Parking Fee is $20 weekdays and $25 weekends and holidays. Lifeguards are on duty 10AM – 6PM during the summer.
Compo Beach and Marina
This large 29-acre park and marina also offers a concession stand, pavilion, bathhouses with lockers, and picnic areas including grills plus a huge wooden playground, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, open skate areas, and a softball field. Permits are required for the marina and boat launch area. Lifeguards are on duty 10AM – 6PM during the summer. Non-resident Daily Parking Fee is $20 weekdays and $40 weekends and holidays.
Sherwood Island State Park
Activities at this park include fishing, swimming, nature trails, a concession stand, and picnic tables, as well as showers and bathrooms. Surf shoes are a very good idea here on this rocky shell strewn beach. Daily Parking Fee is $9 weekdays and $13 weekends and holidays.