Hammonasset Beach State Park in Pictures

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    Welcome to Hammonasset Beach

    Hammonasset Beach Photo - Hammonasset Beach State Park
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, Connecticut, is home to the state's biggest public beach. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach

    Hammonasset Beach State Park, with its two miles of white sand and soothing Long Island Sound surf, is not only the closest beach to Hartford, it's Connecticut's biggest beach. Located just about an hour's drive south of Hartford in Madison, Connecticut, Hammonasset Beach, as you'll see in these pictures, is ideal for family outings, whether you want to play in the waves, build a sandcastle, collect seashells, picnic, camp or visit the nature center.

    If you're planning a trip to Hammonasset, these photos from my visit on a spectacular July afternoon will provide you with a preview, along with some tips on what to see and do at the park. If you can't get away, you can still enjoy a virtual day at the beach and appreciate the beauty of Connecticut's coast.

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Hammonasset Beach Boardwalk

    Hammonasset Beach Boardwalk Picture
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Hammonasset Beach State Park is the perfect place to play in the sand or to simply stroll along the boardwalk, enjoying the salty sea air and the views of Long Island Sound. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Room for Everyone

    Hammonasset Beach Picture - Connecticut Beaches
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach We arrived at Hammonasset at 2:30 p.m. on a spectacular Saturday in July and got a parking spot very close to West Beach. While Hammonasset is quite popular, it is so large that there's always a place to spread out your blanket, even on a summer weekend. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Umbrellas and Sandcastles

    Umbrellas and Sandcastles at Hammonasset Beach State Park Madison CT - Photo
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Colorful umbrellas give the West Beach at Hammonasset a festive look, and by the time we arrived, the beach was already dotted with examples of kids' sandcastle handiwork. The gentle waves of Long Island Sound make Hammonasset an ideal family beach. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Yellow Flag

    Photo of Lifeguard Chair with Yellow Flag at Hammonnasset Beach in Connecticut
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach At Hammonasset Beach, a yellow flag means "WARNING, no lifeguard on duty, although swimming is allowed." Green flags mean lifeguards are on duty; red that the beach area is closed to all swimming. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    A Great Beach for Little Kids

    Hammonasset Beach in CT is a Great Beach for Little Kids - Hamonasset Picture
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Even though there were no lifeguards on duty, my husband did see beach staff patroling and keeping swimmers from bringing boogie boards and inflatables into the water. Luckily, my daughter needs nothing but waves, sand and seashells to make her happy. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    White Sand and Blue Sky

    Hammonasset Beach State Park Photo - White Sand and Blue Sky
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach With the boardwalk and two miles of white sand to stroll, Hammonasset Beach State Park makes a perfect outing, even if you don't want to get wet. Hammonasset is also a popular place for camping; 558 campsites are available. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Snack Bar

    Hammonasset Beach Snack Bar
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach We had already eaten lunch, which was unfortunate because the French fries I saw people carrying along the boardwalk at Hammonasset looked awfully tempting. The West Beach has a snack bar that is open during the summer season. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Umbrella in the Dunes

    Hammonasset Beach Photo - Umbrella in the Dunes
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Across the boardwalk from the beach at Hammonasset, wild vegetation grows atop the sand dunes. This blue and white beach umbrella was oddly out of place. I'm not sure whether it blew away or if someone was hiding under there. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Do Not Disturb

    Hammonasset Beach State Park Sand Dunes Photo
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach The sand dunes at Hammonasset Beach State Park are a fragile habitat, and they protect the beach from erosion, so actually, it's best to stay off the dunes. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Beach Rose

    Beach Rose Photo Rosa Rugosa - Hammonasset Beach State Park Picture
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Beach roses, or Rosa rugosa, bloom in vivid shades of purple at Connecticut's Hammonasset Beach State Park. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Meigs Point Nature Center

    Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach When you've had your fill of fun in the sun, drive along the East Beach at Hammonasset and visit the Meigs Point Nature Center. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Touch Tank

    Touch Tank at Hammonasset Beach State Park Meigs Point Nature Center
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach The touch tank is one of the nature center's most popular attractions. Here, my husband holds a tiny crab for my daughter to touch. The touch tank also had seashells, fish and even a lobster, but a sign warned that some critters were not to be touched. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Snakes, Frogs and Terrapins

    Northern Diamondback Terrapin Photo - Meigs Point Nature Center Hammonasset Beach State Park
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach Visitors to the Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park can also observe a variety of other animals, including snakes and frogs. My favorite, though, was this friendly Northern Diamondback Terrapin. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Stay All Day

    Hammonasset Beach State Park Picnic and Stay All Day
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach We only stayed at Hammonasset Beach for about two hours, but many folks--even those who are not camping overnight--bring enough gear to stay the whole day. Arrive early if you hope to claim a picnic table for your family or group. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.

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    Picnic Pavilion at Hammonasset

    Picnic Pavilion at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Connecticut Available to Rent - Photo
    ••• A Photo Tour of Connecticut's Biggest Beach If you're planning a family reunion, beach wedding or other gathering, open air picnic pavilions at Hammonasset Beach State Park can be rented for the day by calling 877-668-CAMP. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Hammonasset Beach State Park is Connecticut's biggest beach. It's ideal for families and just an hour's drive from Hartford.