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MAKIN’ A SPLASH IN NEW HAVEN, CT

- Brianna Nema

You may have not guessed it, but Connecticut is a fantastic area to explore if you are interested in water excitement! Multiple areas for water fun include the  Hammonasset Beach State Park, Quinnipiack Schooner, and Silver Sands State Park. If you are still planning your summer, make sure you include these locations.

Every beach is different in its own way and each beach you visit provides you and your family with new memories. Within Connecticut there are about 250 beaches. Hammonasset Beach State Park is not just any ordinary beach; it is the largest shoreline in the state and it is only a twenty five minute drive from New Haven, CT. Some of the many activities there include bicycling, picnicking, saltwater fishing, car-top boating, swimming, and more.

If you want to explore the seas check out to the Quinnipiac Schooner. Each trip is 90 minutes long off the New Haven harbor and there are different types of trips according to theme. You have the option to take a sunset sail where you can relax and watch as the sky alters in beautiful colors; a brunch special where food is served; and even a pirate sail which is a family fun journey. This rigged sail ship is not one to be skipped out on.

Visiting Silver Sands State Park will be a real adventure because at certain times of the day, when it is low tide, you can walk over to Charles Island. Don’t get too carried away there, because if you stay there too long you’ll get trapped! High tide has arrived and now you’ll need lifeguards to come rescue you from the island. Also at Silver Sands, you can stroll along the board walk and tour the area on a sunny day. Remember to bring your sunscreen!

What’s cool is that you can spend a few days in Connecticut either as its own destination or you can stop a night or two en route between Boston and New York or other points south. Even though Connecticut is one of the country’s smaller states, it’s big in regards to the many things you can do there with your family.

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