Sherwood Island State Park is a beautiful 238-acre recreation area on Long Island Sound that is the oldest state park in Connecticut. Visitors to the park can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities such as swimming, fishing, bird watching, hiking, and picnicking, as well as learn all about the park's plants and animals by viewing exhibits in the Sherwood Island Nature Center.
Things to Do
- Go swimming in the cool waters of Long Island Sound or relax by sunbathing on the sandy beach.
- Visit Connecticut's 9-11 Living Memorial located within the park, which was used as a staging area for the relief effort back in 2001.
- Teach your child how to fish from the shore - fishing is allowed anywhere outside of the designated swimming areas.
- Check out the Sherwood Island Nature Center, which contains fascinating displays related to local wildlife.
Sherwood Island State Park Insider Tips
- Get some exercise with your family by going for a hike along the salt marsh nature trail!
- Make sure to wear water shoes while swimming in Long Island Sound in order to protect your feet from the sharp shells and rocks on the sand.
- Feel free to bring along food to have a picnic on the beach, or if you prefer you can buy food from the concession stand.
- Be prepared to pay a parking fee of between $10 and $25 if you're visiting the park in the summertime or on weekends.