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Visiting Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison, Conn.

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Life can still be a day at the beach after Labor Day in southern New England.

While many of us equate Cape Cod as the end all for ocean beaches, keep in mind that there’s equally impressive beach life beyond this fabled New


England vacation destination. Case in point: The Hammonasset Beach Campground in Madison, Conn. What a gem of a beach: more than two miles of sandy beach, a boardwalk, walking trails and a large campground area with more than 550 camp sites! There are also lifeguards in designated areas, as well as bathrooms, showers, picnic shelters and concessions.

This 919-acre state park located on Long Island Sound is, by far, Connecticut’s largest public ocean beach and open through Oct. 9! ┬áBeach access is free, at this time, during the weekdays with a reasonable fee over the weekend. For more information, log onto the State of Connecticut’s Hammonasset Beach Campground page.

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