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Harkness Memorial State Park

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Address: 275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
Phone Number: +1 860-443-5725
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This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to...

This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.

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Just beautiful

Had a wonderful morning visit today at this stunning park. The grounds are extensive with lovely paths that wind through the estate and lead also to the magnificent shoreline... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Michaela G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful morning visit today at this stunning park. The grounds are extensive with lovely paths that wind through the estate and lead also to the magnificent shoreline. Today the beach was empty but for a few fishermen and many seagulls feasting on the shells washing up on the shore. The sun was bright and it was just glorious... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

If you're in town, I highly recommend stopping by Harkness Memorial. It has everything you could want - the water, the old mansions, the stunning gardens and big open fields. Plus, it is dog friendly! My fiance and I had our engagement photo shoot there, and it captured every type of shot we wanted. I can't wait to return next... More 

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Thank Erin B
Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is hands down the best park/place to visit in Waterford. The grounds are always well kept and it has stunning, panoramic views of Long Island sound. I had my engagements pictures taken here, attended weddings and had family picnics. It's really perfect for any occasion. It is pretty amazing to think that this property once belonged to a family... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We had an enjoyable time here. We went on a weekday after labor day. There was no fee for parking. We walked around the grounds enjoying the gardens the water views and beach. There were picnic tables on the grounds too. We weren't able to tour the house as it was closed.

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Thank Gloria H
Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, wide open space. Walked the beach, visited the gardens, enjoyed the architecture.

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Thank Greg B
Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a lovely park that highlights the natural beauty of the area. Wide open lawns with a view of the Long Island Sound. Sandy beach area to sit and enjoy looking at the water (no swimming), picnic tables on the grass, and clean restrooms. It is a great place to fly a kite. There are also beautiful manicured gardens... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Absolute must do when visiting the area. Gorgeous views with walking/running paths. A beautiful start to our morning.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

First off the views from each direction are simply stunning! The gardens are beautiful and the grounds are well manicured! Plenty of space to BBQ, wander, play games or just take a peaceful stroll!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place for family or even romantic. There's a beautiful castle for wedding or even just pictures water view n there's a beach area very nice place for family get together. It's big park.

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Thank Rita ♡ A
Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Harkness is our favorite local spot. Beautiful gardens and views. Peaceful place to take a walk or have a picnic.

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