Rocky Neck State Park Beach In Connecticut – A Kid Friendly Thing To Do Review

Rocky Neck State Park Beach in East Lyme, Connecticut has by far the best sand I’ve seen in Connecticut. The sand is unbelievably white and clean with virtually no rocks! This 710 acre park is located on beautiful Long Island Sound. Rocky Neck State Park not only offers white sand, it also gently slopes into the ocean, and provides calm waves making this a very KID FRIENDLY beach in Connecticut! The beach area provides a lifeguard, concessions, and crabbing. Kids love to bring hot dogs on strings, and head over to the rocky outcrops to attract crabs! Another fun factor is the trains running just behind beach. There’s something about trains that adds an element of excitement to a child!

The park also provides, flat hiking trails, fishing, camping and ocean view picnic spots!

Mom’s Review:
Wow! What great sand! The beach is well taken care of. It’s very clean. The sand is so clean and reminds me of the beaches in Florida! The water slopes gently. My kids (9&7)were really far out, and still only up to their waist! I dug into the sand until I saw water coming up from the ocean, and still did not uncover rocky sand. We did not go crabbing, but we did see lots of kids on the rocks. The rocks were a little big and jagged for me to feel comfortable with the younger kids. Friends of ours mentioned that they take their older kids to the very first rocks and attract crabs with hot dogs on strings – something we will definitely try when we have enough adults to distract the younger kids from this adventure!


  • Bathroom near the beach
  • Concessions near the beach
  • Great soft, clean sand
  • Lifeguard
  • Lots of other activities to do
  • Grills provided with some picnic tables
  • Beautiful Views
  • Clean, Clean, Clean! Bravo to the State for keeping it clean!


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Favorite Season To Visit:

Activities/Things To Do:

  • Camp
  • Hike – Bike Ride
  • Salt Water Fishing
  • Crabbing
  • Swimming
  • Picnic

What To Pack:

  • Don’t Forget the Sunscreen!
  • Beach stuff! – Umbrella, Blanket, Towels, Shovels, Buckets, etc…
  • Drinks/Snacks/Picnic Food
  • Hot Dogs & String for Crabbing
  • $$ Cash to get into the park


  • The concessions was not open on the day we were there, but I have heard it is a bit expensive $$ – you might want to bring your own snacks
  • Pets on leashes are ONLY permitted on hiking trails and picnic areas north of the train tracks
  • Leave the KITES at home! The train tracks have electric lines.

Is There Anything That Made This Mom Nervous:

  • Climbing Rocks always makes me nervous – prepare yourself. This kids will want to climb on the rocks!

Kid’s Review: What Did The Kids Think Of The Place:

  • Abi – Age 9 – Gives it a #10! (If she gets to go crabbing next time, that is!)

Dad’s 2 Cents $$: What’s All Of This Quality Time Going To Cost Me?:

  • Admission into the park and beach is – $13 Weekends/Holidays for Connecticut Resident/$9 Weekdays for Connecticut Resident – $22 Weekends/Holidays for NON-Connecticut Resident/$15 Weekdays for NON-Connecticut Resident


8 AM to Sunset – Every day


244 West Main Street (Rt. 156)
East Lyme, Connecticut

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~Melissa – A site providing reviews of fun things to do in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island including pictures for a better visual. Plus kid friendly recipes, crafts and ideas!


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