Gardner Lake Park, Salem (Mystic & More): Swimming, rafts, wave runner rentals, paddle and bumper boat rentals, kiddie rides.
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison (River Valley & Shoreline): State's largest shoreline park, two-mile beach, plus camping,
scuba, boating saltwater fishing, hiking, nature center.
Lake McDonough, Barkhamsted (Litchfield Hills): Swimming, rowboats and paddleboats to rent, boat launch, fishing, hiking.
Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven (Greater New Haven): Swimming, picnic grove, nature trails, antique carousel.
Ocean Beach Park, New London (Mystic & More): Major recreation area offers saltwater and pool swimming,
bathhouses, triple water slide, playground, boardwalk, mini-golf, arcade and more.
Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic (Mystic & More): Half-mile crescent beach with bathhouses, boardwalk, camping, hiking, fishing.
Sandy Beach, Morris (Litchfield Hills): Secluded cove on Bantam Lake with bathhouses, raft/slide, canoe launch.
Sherwood Island State Park, Westport (Coastal Fairfield): 1.5 mile beach, two picnic areas, fishing, scuba, interpretive programs.
Williams Beach Park, Mystic (Mystic & More): Shoreline beach with playground, pavilion grills, sports field, free summer concerts.