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“Absolutely Beautiful”

Harkness Memorial State Park
Ranked #1 of 11 things to do in Waterford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.
Reviewed 13 June 2013

We were driving down the coast and happened to stop by Harkness Memorial State Park. The grounds are simply outstanding. It is a combination of botanical gardens, picnic area, beach, open fields, and historical mansion.

As others have noted, it looks like the ideal location for a wedding.

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Reviewed 21 May 2013

We absolutely love this park. It has everything you could want beach, fishing, grass field, mansion, flower garden, grills, restroom,ect... We are planning to have our wedding here. If you are in southeastern CT i highly recommend going to Harkness park

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Reviewed 3 April 2013

The grounds with all the gardens and trees are definitely well kept, the view of the ocean is spectacular. There are various building that one can go into and enjoy what it was like back in the day. The greenhouse is very large along with the mansion.

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Reviewed 28 March 2013

Beautiful location. We attended a wedding at the Harkness and it was beautiful. The location invites you to wander the gardens but don't forget your camera. The wonderful staff, excellent catering, gorgeous building and well kept grounds made for a storybook wedding!

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Reviewed 14 March 2013 via mobile

This is a wonderful manor home, previously owned by the Harknesses.
Beautiful, park like grounds, and a horse barn, lovely beach, and incredible gardens now maintained by a staff of volunteers.

Great place to fly children's kites, bike, dig walk, hike, or relax. There is a nice paved oval walking surface for baby strollers and rollerblading . All my kids learned to ride their bikes here. It's perfect as it is surrounded by soft grass, and no cars are allowed.
Bring your own food and drinks, and remember to take your trash out with you!

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