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“A Beautiful Park for Birding!”

Sunken Meadow State Park
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Traveled here in mid-October during the height of the migration season along the coast - saw lots of small birds including red-bellied woodpeckers, great cormorants, a great blue heron, cardinals, lots of blue jays, a gold finch, lots of warblers, and a few swans. The area is beautiful and the paths are clear, easy to travel, and very clean. There was a fee to enter the park but it was well worth it once I saw the size of this place! Lots of parking, a concession area along the beach, a golf course with a driving range, multiple walking trails, and fishing locations.

There were only two negatives for this experience: 1.) It would have been nice to have some clear maps of the entire park with all the field #s clearly labeled. 2.) The bathrooms along the 3/4 mile boardwalk that travels along the Long Island Sound could really use a make-over.... yuck!

Overall, for a hiking enthusiast, I found it to be a great trip - I thoroughly enjoyed the hikes and the views.

1  Thank micmac1007
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The park is really good for family and friends. There are a lot of entertainment there, which can meet everyone's needs. I personally had a wonderful time there in the summer, and would love to visit there later.

1  Thank Vampirecao
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

I love the boardwalk. The beach is beautiful, reminds me of California with the bluff meeting the ocean. Not crowded in cooler seasons. During the summer, the park area was really crowded and littered. Not relaxing at all. Once the crowds are gone, we return to our little sanctuary. It's a great place to ride a bike in Autumn and Spring. Just wish we were allowed to walk our little Chihuahuas there.

1  Thank MrandMrs K
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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Do you enjoy walking, strolling, jogging or running, then take advantage of Sunken Meadow State Park boardwalk! It is 1 1/2 miles of boardwalk end to end with bathrooms located at two spots.. the main entrance area (also has showers) and the furthest east end). There is also a seasonal food concession located at the main entrance, typical Beach fare, typical over priced food and drink but at least the workers have always been pleasant. The concession at the east end always seems to be closed???
The boardwalk gets the cool ocean (well actually its the LI Sound) breezes and the view is just beautiful. I enjoy the boardwalk all year round and opt to purchase a yearly state pass (I think it was about 65.) There are picnic areas, golfing, a huge updated playground area, hiking trails (greenbelt), a "wedding" pavillion on the west end, a huge jetty that many fish from. You'll see those bathing, strolling, exercising, playing, relaxing, surfcasting, fishing, picnicking, playing volleyball, practicing their parkour (crazy, lol), reading and more. A lovely place for a short or long visit, Enjoy!

1  Thank Cre8tiv16
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Reviewed 20 August 2013

First some tips:

1. Bring water shoes if you have them, as the beach consists of small pebbles which can be painful on the feet. We found that walking down to the water with our flip flops was helpful.

2. There are two (at least) consession and bathroom areas. The larger one has showers. They are cold, but in a separate room, so you can actually shower and change your clothes to get the sand off. The smaller consession area has bathrooms and food, with outdoor showers.

3. Bring some sporting equipment and a grill. There are several nice large fields, basketball nets and nice playground area for the kids, and lots of nice shade trees. We were one of many families grilling.

4. Get there early for the best spot!

Now the review: We went here with my wife and two small children, along with some extended family. We were pleasantly surprised to find such a spacious beautiful park right next to the beach. The $10.00 fee for the parking/admission per car was very reasonable. The beach is made up of little pebbles which can be painful on the feet, but a pair of water shoes/flip flops took care of it. No real waves on this beach, and the depth of the water is pretty steady for at least 20 feet from the shore, which is nice for beginning swimmers. I will say that I had to intervene in an emergency, since the lifeguards didn't seem to be paying attention to the water, or to the semi-conscious guy that did a face plant next to us (10 feet from the lifeguard stand)

The bathrooms are pretty disgusting, and the showers are under renovation, so perhaps they are going to get better. We did see a lot of staff, and the park area itself, including grounds, playgrounds, and beach were very well kept and clean. There is also a hiking/nature area which we didn't expore. We would definitely go again.

2  Thank Jshoen
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