Rocky Neck State Park

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Rocky Neck State Park in East Lyme, Connecticut. Photo by Pinaki Chakraborty. All rights reserved ©

East Lyme is a charming coastal town in Connecticut. Home to miles of beaches and sea-food shacks, it’s hard to choose a single beach for a day in the sun. We visited the Rocky Neck State Park, a crescent shaped beach with clear calm waters, making it perfect for swimming, especially for children. The park offers as many as 160 campsites making it a popular spot for camping, while a network of nature trails makes it ideal for hiking. The summer months are filled with interpretive programs and junior naturalist activities.

The “rocky neck” stretches far out into the Long Island Sound and if you manage to reach the very tip of the neck, be sure to peer down into the water. You might catch a glimpse of a mackerel or a striped bass in the clear waters and be left wondering how this could be the same Sound as the one near New York. The park spreads across 710 acres of land and is great for scuba-diving and saltwater fishing as well. Picnic benches are strewn randomly, as are a few grills. Overlooking the windswept rocks, stands a fieldstone pavilion, built way back in 1930. It is available for party rentals and am told, quite popular with couples looking for a beach wedding.

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