Nothing says summer like stretching out on the sand, listening to crashing waves, and enjoying a warm ocean breeze. The New England coastline is an especially beautiful place to visit during the summer months. Sunny days and cool nights offer endless opportunities for outdoor recreation! Below, we’ve compiled just a few of the best beaches near Greenwich, CT.
Whether you’re looking to spend your days in New England hiking, biking, or simply soaking up the sun on the beautiful beaches near Greenwich, CT, you’ll love getting fresh air here. For a complete guide to the area’s best activities and attractions, be sure to download our complimentary Greenwich Vacation Guide! This valuable resource will help you cut your planning time in half.
You Need to Visit These 8 Beaches Near Greenwich, CT
Greenwich Point Park
Known to locals as Tod’s Point, Greenwich Point Park is one of the area’s most popular beaches. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. until sunset and offers swimming, sunbathing, sailboarding, fishing, and much more. This classic New England beach also has a variety of scenic hiking trails, so be sure to download a Greenwich Point Park trail map and bring your camera!
Byram Beach and Pool
If you’re not a huge fan of the ocean, Byram Beach has the only public pool in the area, located right at the water’s edge. Guests can enjoy some friendly competition at the park’s tennis courts or practice their swing at the on-site baseball field.
Little Captain’s Island
Visitors can take a ferry from the landing at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park and visit Little Captain’s Island, a charming spot located just off the coast of Greenwich. The western part of the island has picnic tables, grills, restrooms, and posted swimming areas. Called “Island Beach” by locals, this is one of our favorite beaches near Greenwich! It’s open all year, so this beach isn’t just a summer destination.
Great Captain Island
You’ll also want to check out Great Captain Island, a 17-acre piece of land that features a historic lighthouse constructed in 1829. This Island also provides an important habitat for a variety of bird species, including great blue herons, egrets, and Great Horned owls. Great Captain Island is also open year-round, and visitors can take a ferry over during the summer.
Calf Pasture Beach
Located in Norwalk, Calf Pasture Beach offers a picturesque shoreline complete with blue waters, soft sand, and coastal views. Recreational opportunities abound here! Visitors can play volleyball, basketball, or baseball. There’s plenty to do on Calf Pasture Beach, but we recommend simply relaxing and enjoying the view!
Rye Playland Beach and Pool
A trip to the coastal Rye Playland is the perfect way to spend a summer day with the kids. This amusement park near Greenwich has a beach and pool, as well as a variety of thrill rides, family rides, daily entertainment, and concerts.
Cove Island Park
Two sandy beaches, a small salt marsh, and intertidal mudflats are waiting at Cove Island Park. The beach’s rocky shoreline areas are perfect for anglers, and a small bluff provides excellent views of the Long Island Sound. Feel free to spend an afternoon birding, crabbing, swimming, or flying a kite!
Sherwood Island State Park
Covering 238 acres of beach, wetlands, and woodlands, Sherwood Island is Connecticut’s oldest state park. This beautiful spot offers tons of opportunities for fun in nature! Fishing is allowed anywhere on the shoreline outside of swimming areas, and a shaded picnic grove is a perfect place to have a bite to eat. If you plan on going for a swim, be sure to wear water shoes to protect your feet from sharp shells and rocks.
What To Know Before Visiting These Beaches
If you’re not a Greenwich resident, obtaining access to our beaches in the summer months can be a little tricky. You’ll need a Greenwich beach pass, which can be purchased at the Greenwich Town Hall (on weekdays), or the Old Greenwich (or Western Greenwich) Civic Centers. Be sure to purchase a pass for each person in your party and a separate pass for your vehicle. Guests of Stanton House Inn don’t need to worry about obtaining passes if they opt for our Greenwich Beach Vacation package!
After you’ve spent some time in the sun, return to peace and quiet at Stanton House Inn! You’ll love relaxing in our spacious and bright guest suites, which include premium amenities like private bathrooms, Jacuzzi-style tubs, wet bars, free Wi-Fi, pool access, and so much more. Whether you’d rather get some rest or explore the many things to do around Greenwich (many within walking distance of the inn), you’ll discover a rejuvenating stay at Stanton House Inn.