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Harkness Memorial State Park

275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
+1 860-443-5725
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Beautiful family visit

It's a beautiful property with plenty of room for the children to run. Gardens, beach and pavilion... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Waterford, Connecticut
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Awesome park

Please do visit when you are around this area of CT. Simply amazing and beautiful. Love this park... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
+1 860-443-5725
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a beautiful property with plenty of room for the children to run. Gardens, beach and pavilion. So much to see and the property is kept up so well. Try to go when they are giving a tour of the mansion. Worth it!

Thank Melichloh
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Please do visit when you are around this area of CT. Simply amazing and beautiful. Love this park. It is good for walks, scenic views, walk on the sand by the water, picnic, anything. Highly recommend to all for a visit.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Great place for all ages. Perfect for a stroll, picnic, beach goers, wade in the sound. Nice scenery for photos.

Thank Julie H
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

More of a summer time venue. Too cold in the winter. Good place to snap some beautiful photos. Take your dog too 👍🏻

1  Thank colbs1285
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ran at Harkness some during the fall. The paths are great for running, walking or just sight seeking. I look forward to returning over the summer to walk the gardens

Thank greeneyedlustr
Reviewed 13 January 2017

My wife and I were extremely surprised at how beautiful this state park is in Waterford. The enormous open fields, beautiful beach areas, and gorgeous grounds around the Harkness mansion were quite impressive. I can't wait to go back, in the spring, to view the...More

Thank Steve N
Reviewed 7 November 2016 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...More

1  Thank Michaela G
Reviewed 31 October 2016

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,...More

1  Thank Erin B
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...More

1  Thank Familyman818
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...More

Thank Gloria H
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Tabatha F
When do flowers start blooming? I want to get our engagement photos there mid May.
22 April 2017|
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Response from greeneyedlustr | Reviewed this property |
Flowers are blooming already
What time do they stop charging admission on weekends
27 August 2016|
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Response from BEEBEE4545 | Reviewed this property |
They close up at 6:00 PM.
Does parking ever fill to capacity? Wondering about 4th of july crowds.
3 July 2016|
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Response from redneck55 | Reviewed this property |
Yes it can But I haven't heard of it doing so lately. Being July 4th, I would get the early. Hope this helps Have a great Holiday.