Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford

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Harkness Memorial State Park is a historic preservation area with botanical garden and recreational features located on Long Island Sound in the town of Waterford, Connecticut. The state park's 304 acres (123 ha) center around Eolia, a 42-room Renaissance Revival mansion with formal gardens and greenhouses. The park is managed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
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  • The panoramic views of this expansive location was just what we needed for a different visual during the pandemic. The property has acres of gardens, groves and vast lawns. Everything was clean and.....  more »
  • The park was big, very well kept and clean, with different areas. Not many people were around and we really enjoyed the beautiful view.  more »
  • Beautiful large park right on the water. Tons of parking, plenty of picnic tables and grills, shade if you prefer it, open skies for kite flying, and plenty of room to kick a ball around, dog friendly as long as they are leashed and a walking path that brings you to the water. The beach area has clean sand and water that are bare toe friendly. Overall an outstanding area and one we thoroughly enjoy visiting.
  • Harkness Memorial State Park was one of my favorite summer time spot. It is a lovely gem. This place is popular for picnics and wedding. There is a beautiful mansion that has amazing gardens. From the gorgeous mansion, to the incredible pergola for pictures, to the scenic flower gardens/ grounds, the ocean view (and breeze!

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