Hammonasset Beach State Park
Hammonasset, Connecticut’s largest shoreline park, offers a boardwalk and more than 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) of beach. Parking is free from mid-September to April 20. But even during the season when a parking fee applies, visitors can parking in nearby downtown Madison for free and bike the 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) route east on Route 1 to Hammonasset.
Madison is known for Madison Art Cinemas, a movie theater in downtown that opened in 1912, and R.J. Julia Booksellers, one of the better-known book stores in Connecticut.