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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 Seaside Gardens

Waterford's Harkness Memorial State Park is wonderful year-round. The Harkness mansion sits atop a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Alan S
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Raleigh, United States
Jewel

One of the most beautiful places to visit for a picnic by the shoreline. The grounds are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carl O
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Waterford, Connecticut, United States
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This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.
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275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
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+1 860-443-5725
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"picnic tables"
in 13 reviews
"fly a kite"
in 8 reviews
"no swimming allowed"
in 6 reviews
"views of long island sound"
in 7 reviews
"small beach"
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"beautiful grounds"
in 6 reviews
"open fields"
in 4 reviews
"water view"
in 2 reviews
"great scenery"
in 2 reviews
"formal gardens"
in 2 reviews
"great walking trails"
in 2 reviews
"love coming here"
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"family gathering"
in 2 reviews
"bring your own"
in 5 reviews
"white sandy beach"
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"off season"
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"labor day"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Waterford's Harkness Memorial State Park is wonderful year-round. The Harkness mansion sits atop a hill overlooking perfectly manicured gardens and lawns and the ocean beyond. There is a nice boardwalk which takes visitors to the sandy beach. You can watch the ferries traverse the ocean...More

Thank Alan S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful places to visit for a picnic by the shoreline. The grounds are spectacular and the mansion has been restored to its original state.

Thank Carl O
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

walked around on a cool March day - but was still really pleasant to walk in the grounds on well maintained pathways and down along the waters edge to see all the seabirds. Will come again in the summer to see the flowers.

2  Thank Dave P
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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Harkness Park is wonderful Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. In the Spring it is lovely to see the garden near the house coming to life with new blooms. In summer you can find people picnicking and lounging on the grass. Fall and Winter the park...More

3  Thank Jackie B
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Reviewed 23 February 2018

Browsed grounds when there for a Summer wedding. Gorgeous grounds and water view. Flowers wer amazing.

Thank OS11111
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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

I️ love coming here to walk, with or without dogs. It’s a beautiful park with a beach, mansion, and other amenities. My favorite things are the gardens! They are colorful and well maintained. It’s a bit tricky to see them at times because of the...More

Thank Ashlyn R
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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I love walking through Harkness Park. The grounds are taken care of so nicely just recently had my daughters senior pictures taken there. A beautiful backdrop!

Thank X4304RWmandys
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Reviewed 25 October 2017

This park is a major gem to CT. It is just gorgeous with its beautiful well-manicured lawns with large shade trees, multiple gardens, a mansion that you can tour, white sandy beach (I have never seen white sand in CT) clear clean water which many...More

Thank cjrmay20
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

This seaside park is a beautiful spot for a picnic on a spring day. The views of the ocean are spectacular and the gardens and mansion on the property are beautiful particularly in the spring. There is a beach available on the property but swimming...More

Thank susan c
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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Large waves lots of rocks but nice view of waves crashing against the gigantic boulders off to the left of the beach definitely reccomend climbing the cliff and just watching the waves hit the rocks below you. absolutley breath-taking. Anyone looking to spend a few...More

Thank Justin M
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Tabatha F
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Response from Victor B | Reviewed this property |
Most trees will have bloomed, but the gardens are not in full bloom. Best of luck with your marriage.
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Kadebraylen
27 August 2016|
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Response from Victor B | Reviewed this property |
I usually bike in, and I have a CT. State senior Blue Card that gets me into all state parks.
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