This was a pleasant surprise. I had never visited Silver Sands State Park in Milford until this summer. The 47 acre park consists of salt marsh, beach, and open fields. In the distance sits Charles Island, a nature preserve which can be reached during low tide.
This is the newest of state parks in Connecticut. Approximately 75 homes stood here before Hurricane Diane destroyed them in 1955. Acquired by the state, portions of the property then served as a landfill during the 1960's and 70's. I am not sure how long the park has been in existence, but I believe it has been only for a decade or so.
Like many state parks, it gets crowded, especially on weekends. But I noticed the crowds thin significantly on the far western end of the beach. Best of all, it is free. There are no admission fees, parking charges, or residency requirements.
I would like to come back here in the autumn months and perhaps explore Charles Island. The 14 acre island can be reached by a tombolo (new word) that extends from the beach.
CT Coastal Access Guide: Silver Sands State Beach