The West Haven shore is one of the state’s foremost locations to observe rare shorebirds, serving as a migratory route for some of the most endangered bird species. The Sandy Point Beach & Bird Sanctuary, one of the sites featured on the Connecticut Coastal Birding Trail, has been designated an “important bird area” by Audubon Connecticut. The estuary is also where Sammy the harp seal has been spotted.
Historic Bradley Point Park, boasting scenic panoramas of Long Island Sound, marks the area where invading British troops landed on July 5, 1779, and now serves as a haven for picnickers and passive recreation. The shoreline is just minutes from the downtown business and entertainment district.
2016 Lifeguard Hours
Lifeguards are on duty weekends only from May 28-June 25, daily from June 26-Aug. 13, and weekends only from Aug. 14-Sept. 5. Supervision is weekdays from 10:15 a.m.to 3 p.m. and weekends from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2016 Daily Parking Rates (Nonresidents)
The daily parking fee is $10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. The nonresident lots are Sea Bluff, Bradley Point, Morse Park, Sandy Point and the April Street boat ramp.