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Summer's End Means Decreased Fees at Shoreline Parks

Fees have been reduced on weekends and eliminated on weekends at regional shoreline parks including Hammonasset, Rocky Neck, Sherwood Island, and Harkness.

While summer may be unofficially over, it is not too late to enjoy the shoreline’s state parks whose prices have recently declined for the off-season.

Hammonasset Beach State Beach in Madison, Rocky Neck State Park in Niantic, and Sherwood Island State Park in Westport offer swimming, fishing, hiking, picnicking, a nature center, and many scenic views.

Sherwood Island is home to Connecticut’s 9-11 Living Memorial along with the Impressionist Art Trail while Hammonasset and Rocky Nature feature a beautiful boardwalk and camping for a fee.

All three now feature free parking on weekdays until late April.

From Sept. 4 until Sept. 16, the weekend charge is $9 for residents and $15 for non-residents until 4 p.m. In the evenings, there will be a $6 charge for residents and $7 charge for non-residents.

The new weekend fee schedule is identical to the summer weekday charges.

It is quite a reduction when you consider that this past summer, all three parks charged $13 for residents and $22 for non-residents on weekends until 4 p.m. with the same evening rate.

For Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, swimming is not permitted but visitors can fish, hike, picnic, and enjoy the sights of a mansion and accompanying buildings and gardens.

Harkness also will not have parking fees on weekdays and weekend fees will match the summer weekday charge.

The new weekend rate from Sept. 4 until Sept. 16 is $6 for residents and $10 for non-residents with a $6 resident and $7 non-resident fee after 4 p.m.

This past summer, Harkness charged $9 for residents and $15 for non-residents until 4 p.m. with the same evening rate.

All parks are open 8 a.m. to sunset.

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