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Branford Point
Harbor Street, Branford, CT 06405

For those who don't know, Branford Point is the spot for watching the annual Fourth of July fireworks overMore Long Island Sound. It's highly recommended that you take two wheels instead of four to enjoy the fireworks; parking fills up quickly. During the rest of the year, parking at Branford Point is limited to town residents and vehicles must have a parking pass, which can be obtained by contacting the tax collector's office at 203-481-0381.

Unlike most beaches in town, which are truly for their respective neighborhoods, Branford Point Beach is open to the public and is staffed by lifeguards Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 10am - 4pm, daily.

Pardee Park
Taylor Place, Branford, CT 06405

You'll find this quaint park in the Short Beach neighborhood of Branford.

A true hidden treasure, Pardee ParkMore boasts a basketball court, playground, ball field and a backstop.

Under the shade of trees, this park is a haven during the warm summer months and is picturesque in the fall.

The Short Beach Association owns the park, but the town recreation department also works to maintain the property.

The park was dedicated on July 4, 1946 to World War II veterans, and you'll find several memorials on site, including a tall flagpole whose American flag whips bravely in the winds from the nearby Long Island Sound.