Fairfield, CT Beaches -Where to spend a day in the sun

Fairfield coastline at Lantern Point, a popular fishing spot.

Fairfield, CT makes good use of its expansive coastline along the Long Island sound. In just over five miles, there are five Fairfield beaches for residents and neighbors to enjoy, ranging from large beaches where you can spend the day picnicking, playing volleyball and catching rays, to smaller spots that are perfect for relaxing or taking a walk.

One of the best parts about Fairfield’s beaches is that, for most of the year, all of them are accessible to the public.

From September through the end of May, all of the town’s beaches are free for anyone to visit, and parking is free, too. From October 1 to March 31, the beaches even allow dogs and horses (though four-legged friends are not permitted the rest of the year).

During the peak summer season of Memorial Day through Labor Day, Sasco, Southport, and South Pine Creek beaches are for Fairfield residents only, and similar to other Fairfield County town beaches, residents must have a town beach sticker to park and use the beaches. However, non-residents are welcome at Jennings and Penfield Beaches during the peak summer months, but are required to pay a parking fee.

Fairfield Beaches

Jennings Beach

880 South Benson Road, Fairfield, CT

Jennings Beach is the largest beach in Fairfield, with over 27 acres of sand and a boardwalk that runs the length of the beach. There are plenty of amenities available, including showers, restrooms, a playground, and a concession stand. There are also volleyball courts, sailboat racks, and lifeguards on duty during the summer through Labor Day.

Jennings Beach is free and open to the public, but during the summer months, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, a beach sticker is required to park. Fairfield residents may purchase an annual beach sticker. For non-residents, parking passes cost $40 during the week and $50 on weekends and holidays.

Jennings Beach hosts many activities like swimming lessons, bonfire nights, Fourth of July fireworks, Sand Jam Family Dance night, and family movie nights that sell out quickly so be sure to book in advance! It is open year round from 10 AM-8 PM, and located a short drive from the Post Rd., which is home to some of the best restaurants in Fairfield, and much of the area’s shopping and hotels, too.

Penfield Beach

Image via Experience Fairfield

323 Fairfield Beach Road, Fairfield, CT

Located on Fairfield’s picturesque shoreline, Penfield Beach is known for calm, shallow waters making it a great spot for swimmers. There is also a small boardwalk and a pavilion that can be rented out for events. Other amenities include restrooms, lockers, sailboat racks, picnic tables, grills, and a concession stand.

There are lifeguards, but visitors are encouraged to check the lifeguard schedule to be certain someone will be on duty during their visit.

Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, admission is free however, a beach sticker is required to park in the lot. Vehicles without a beach sticker may pay a daily fee of $20 on weekdays and $50 on weekends and holidays at the gate. 

Sasco Beach

1401 Sasco Hill Road, Fairfield, CT

This beach is located on the picturesque Sasco Hill Road and offers stunning views of the Long Island Sound. It’s a smaller beach than Jennings or Penfield, but it’s perfect for a peaceful day at the beach.

Sasco Beach is free and open to the public year-round from 10 AM-8 PM, however from Memorial Day Saturday to Labor Day only residents with a beach sticker are permitted to park in the lot. Dogs are not allowed on Sasco Beach, so be sure to leave your furry friend home. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.

South Pine Creek Beach

1424 S. Pine Creek RD., Fairfield, CT

South Pine Creek Beach is the smallest of Fairfield’s beaches. There’s no playground of concession stand, but you will find bathrooms and a small parking area.

Southport Beach

1505 Pequot Avenue, Southport, CT
This is a small, quiet beach that is ideal for families with young children. The beach has a lifeguard on duty during the summer months, and there are also restrooms and showers available.

Southport Beach is free and open to the public from 10 AM- 8 PM year-round, but only residents with beach stickers are permitted to park from Memorial Day Saturday through Labor Day.

Lake Mohegan

While Lake Mohegan isn’t on the Long Island Sound, it still has a beach! This small lakefront is perfect for families with young kids, with a roped-off swimming area, concession stand, playground/splashpad, and regular lifeguards on duty.