Beaches & Parks

Beaches

There are five city beaches with lifeguard services and one state park with a beach, offering life guard services.

Three of the beaches offer public parking (Walnut Beach, Gulf Beach and Silver Sands). Residents can pick up their beach parking stickers at the Milford Police Department, 430 Boston Post Road, 878-6551 (Hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday). Visitors pay per diem at the city beaches.

Silver Sands State Park currently has no parking fee. To access Silver Sands State Park, take Exit 35 off of I-95, School House Road. Go towards the Boston Post Road (Route 1). Take a left onto Route 1. At your first light, take a right onto Silver Sands State Parkway. Silver Sands has a wooden boardwalk and at low tide there is a sand bar that connects Charles Island to Silver Sands Beach. Charles Island is a 14-acre island that is rumored to hold Captain Kid's buried treasure. The island is now a nature preserve and part of Silver Sands State Park.

Parks

Milford has ample recreational opportunities available to residents. The city offers 24 ball fields, several indoor recreational facilities and community centers, 8 parks and 24 playgrounds. For a complete listing of all the parks and recreational facilities, visit the Recreation Department's Facilities Page.

  • Caswell Cove – fishing
  • Eisenhower Park- tennis courts, soccer field, playground, hiking trails
  • Milford Skate Park – skateboarding
  • Mondo Pond – Fishing, hiking
  • Silver Sands State Park -beach, boardwalk, and hiking trails.
  • Wilcox Park – hiking trails

Connecticut Audubon Society Coastal Center at Milford Point

Connecticut Audubon Society's Coastal Center at Milford Point is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach and is situated next to the 840-acre Charles Wheeler Salt Marsh and Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Housatonic River.

The Coastal Center promotes the awareness of Long Island Sound's ecosystem, the birds and habitats it supports, and its preservation needs; and provides access to Long Island Sound and its many habitats: tidal salt marshes, barrier beaches, tide pools, and coastal dunes. The Coastal Center is a bird-watcher's paradise – 315 species have been seen here, including many rarities.

The Coastal Center offers a full range of educational programs and many events for families, children, and adults. The Coastal Center provides educational exhibits, a tide pool demonstration tank, a salt-marsh laboratory, and program and meeting rooms. The Coastal Center's grounds contain the 8-acre Smith-Hubbell Wildlife Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, a boardwalk and observation platform with interpretive signage, and a 70-foot covered observation tower for panoramic vistas. Viewers from around the world watch the Center's seasonal Osprey Cam, operated from our 18-foot tall nesting platform.

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