Silver Sands State Park

I-95, exit 35

Silver Sands State Park in Milford is a coastal gem renowned for its scenic beauty. Situated along Long Island Sound, the park spans over 297 acres and offers a wide range of recreational opportunities for visitors to enjoy.

The centerpiece of Silver Sands State Park is its mile-long sandy beach, which provides ample space for swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and beachcombing. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months.

In addition to its beach, Silver Sands State Park features tidal salt marshes, coastal dunes, and grassy meadows, providing habitat for a variety of plant and animal species. Birdwatchers flock to the park to observe shorebirds, waterfowl, and migratory birds, including the endangered piping plover. The park offers a range of visitor amenities, including picnic areas, restrooms, and parking facilities. There are also hiking trails, boardwalks, and observation platforms that allow visitors to explore the park’s natural beauty and learn about its ecological importance.

Off the coast of the park, there is Charles Island which spans across approximately 14 acres. While Charles Island is clearly visible from the park and can be reached on foot during low tide, extreme caution is required to avoid being stranded when the tide rises. Check with park officials before heading out.

The history of Charles Island dates back centuries and is rich in Native American artifacts and legends of buried pirate treasure left by infamous pirates such as Captain Kidd. The island was once inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Paugussett people, who left behind archaeological artifacts.


1 Silver Sands Pkwy, Milford, CT 06460, USA