Walnut Beach is one of the lcoal beaches in Milford. The beach is popular with local residents and has an array of activities throughout the summer such as concerts and art festivals. There are several shops at the beach entrance that rent beach gear and water sports items such as kayaks.
Admission is free for residents with a beach sticker and there is a $5 charge for non-residents Memorial day through Labor Day. We prefer coming here when it's off season; the crowds can be too much in the summer. We recently came here with my MIL and she was shocked how crowded it was that we wound up leaving and hitting a more secluded spot.
Silver Sands State Park
Supposedly Captain Kidd buried his treasure here on Charles Island in 1699 but I haven't heard of anone having luck in finding it. We first discovered this place many years ago when we first started exploring Milford. Now that we live in the area; we enjoy coming here during the week after work and on weekends.
This State park is a nice stretch of beach that includes a boardwalk and Charles Island which is connected by a strip of sand. Charles Island is closed from May 1 through August 31 as it is a nesting ground heron and egrets. The boardwalk provides a nice flat surface perfect for walking or bike riding. The water is rather clean and has nice gentle waves. The sand is a shell collectors heaven with plenty of intact shells to gather up...maybe I'll find that buried treasure while gathering shells.
This is a nice state park and a little gem in Milford.
Connecticut Post 14 Cinema De Lux
The Connecticut Post 14 Cinema is located inside the Westfield Shopping Center directly up the escalator from the food court. Its a really nice movie theatre showing all the recent relases and some in digital 3-D. Ferni and I like that stadium seating and the fact that at any given time if there is a big release, you can rest assured that it'll be showing in at least 2 theatres.
The conseccion stand is quite large with the usual items to choose from and the staff and workers are all quite pleasant. We like that fact that you can watch movies in their regular release, 3-D and even a Director's Hall showing at a premium price with butler service.
Our last movie here was the 3-D version of AVATAR, not what I would have chosen to see, but nonetheless and interesting movie.
The theatre itself is quite clean and we love their stadium seating. If you arrive early, purchase your tickets, then take a walk around the mall, a nice way to kill a bit of time. If you prefer to wait in the theatre, they have nice comfy couches as well as table and chairs.
The bathrooms were impecably clean...not bad for a theatre that was quite crowded.
You an purchase and print your tickets on line, or at a kiosk at the theatre.
Prices for the 3-D movies are $15 for adult, $11.50 for children and seniors; Regular showings are $11 for adults, $8 for children/seniors;
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Cinemark Connecticut Post 14
This Movie Theatre is located inside the Westfield mall and is our closest movie option to where we live. The theatre has some nice early bird matinee prices daily;$5.50 a ticket. Tuesdays has $5.50 all day pricing which is nice if you feel like catching a movie after work during the week. The theatres are clean and the setas are comfortable. We enjoy coming here for the lastest movies. Our last visit was to see the newest Hunger Games movie: Mockingjay Part 1, which was excellent.
Brand, spanking new state of the art SKATE Park opened in April 2005. Facility was talked about for many, many yrs but has now come to life. Run by the local Milford/Orange YMCA, I do think they use yearly passes (as the most $$ effective way to have fun there). They have day passes.
This was built on Washington Field. There is a men's/ladies bathroom nearby. I would think they would have it open to the public - the bathrooms that is - while the skate park is open. Not really too close to food vendors, there are some, like a Subway that are a bit of a walk, but not miles away.
Check out the photo page in the link.
From a recent YMCA brocure:
YMCA Member $3
Non-member, Milford resident $5
YMCA Member $100
Non-member, Milford resident $168
M-F 12-8 PM [12-20 for our European friends]
Sat 10-8 PM
Sun 12-8 PM
Fall Hours: [starting Aug 31st]
Sat 12 - dusk
Sun 12 - dusk
EQUIPMENT IS REQUIRED: Helmet, wrist pads, elbow pads/knee pads
Skateboards, Rollerblades, Bikers
WAIVERS MUST BE SIGNED FOR ALL PARTICIPANTS
Milford Historical Society houses
There are very old homes that are preserved by the Mfd Society. Milford was settled in 1638 - one of the oldest towns in CT.
Eels-Stowe House:Built in 1669
Built in 1659,first house outside the stockade fence that protected Milford
(check out the walking tour on the linked society web page)
The society runs these places and hosts several events there. The hours they are open limited due to volunteer nature of the society..
Their website link shows the stone tower that is a signature landmark in downtown Milford. The other link below is to other historical societies in CT.
THE MILFORD HISTORICAL SOCIETY, INC. P.O. Box 337, Eells-Stow House, 34 High St., 06460-4732. Co-Pres., Peter Brockett, William Byers; 1st Vice Pres., Timothy Chaucer; 2nd Vice Pres., Roseanne Hoagland; Cor. Secy., Virginia Pilla; Rec. Secy., Donna Bonyai; Treas., Michael W. Elgee.
The Westfield Mall is right on the Post Road of Milford; just off of I-95. The Mall is quite large with an array of stores such as : Dick's Sporting Goods, Macy's Target, Aldo, Gap, Brookstone, Express, Hollister, J.C. Penny , Victoria's Secret and more. They also have a movie theatre if there is a decent flick to catch.
There are a variety of food and snack options such as Orange Julius, Dairy Queen, Buffalo Wild Wings and The Black Bear. We like to grab a bite to eat if we are shopping or pre-movie.
We enjoy this mall expecially the Macy's. The sales associates are very friendly and there is always a good selection of merchandise.
Westfield Shopping Center
The Westfield Shopping Center is conveniently located off of I-95 at exit 39 (B). You'll find well over 190 shops many Ferni and I enjoy shopping in like Best Buy, Body Shop, Brookstone, Express, Gap, Gymbore and Macy's.
You'll also find a host of other specialty or Department stores and a nice selection of typical mall stores. Along with all the shopping of course you'll find plenty to eat either at the food court as well as a nice selection of your usual "family-style" dinning like Black Bear, Buffalo Wild Wings, Mo's Southwest, Johnny Rockets and many others.
Ferni and I enjoy coming to this shopping center whenever we are in Milford for a bit of shopping at some of our favorite stores as well as catching a movie at the Connecticut Post 14.
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Audubon Society Coastal Center
Connecticut Audubon Society manages this open space marshland in cooperation with the New Haven Bird Club, on behalf of its owners, the State of Connecticut. A boardwalk protects the dune and beach habitat that faces Long Island Sound. The inland site of the preserve is adjacent to an 840-acre unditched salt marsh.
The building houses displays, hands on stuff for kids, workshops, an observation tower overlooking the marsh, they also have kayak trips into the marsh land. Lots of birding here.
1 Milford Point Road
Milford, CT 06460
Smiles Arcade and more!
Arcade games, water rides, batting cages, pool tables, video games and something called Laser TAG. Not much stuff that I like to do with my $$, but someplace to go and be active if this is what you like.
Smile Entertainment Center
From their web site:
We've got the fun for every day and night, all year long. Come enjoy Connecticut's largest Video Game Arcade, Kids Kingdom & Music Atrium, Skee Ball, Pool. Plus our seasonal Kiddie Park, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages, Miniature Golf, Midway Games and more!
Visit the Mayor at City Hall
Milford is the small town... well here
Welcome to Milford, "A Small City with a Big Heart!" Seventeen miles of Long Island Sound coastline funnel into our harbor that wends its way to meet the Wepawaug River in the heart of town. The sixth oldest town in Connecticut, 50,000 residents are proud to boast of a meticulously maintained "town green", the second longest in New England.
Milford has more shoreline than any other town in CT. Not all of it is accesible to the public
I stole this from the link below, but corrected/updated a few things
BEACHES: Walnut Beach(Devon section), Gulf Beach(near the Harbor entrance off Gulf St), Anchor or Crescent Beaches, Middle Beach.(all in Woodmont, search for Hawley Ave.)
Here's a beach picture of Gulf Beach. It is a nice place to visit and spread your blanket for some sun and it's very scenic. There are also summer cottages and apartments close by.
This picture is a great view of the new pier they built - nice fishing too. Charles Island is off to the left in the distance so it's not very far from Silver Sands SP
NOTE: You can NOT walk to Silver Sands, unless you can walk on water. This beach is on one side of Milford Harbor and SS SP is on the other
During the summer this beach gets packed. They made new parking areas to hold the traffic. But there are neighborhoods nearby, the the neighbors just walk to the beach. There are signs posted that say, "No Animals allowed" but that just may be for the summer season. When I was there in February, there were several dogs on the beach. There are also signs posted to stay off of the dunes, and take out your trash with you.
Seasonal Parking Passes: Resident parking stickers may be obtained from the Traffic Division while nonresidents may purchase a seasonal parking sticker for $150 from the police department.
Day Parking Passes: There is a parking charge of $5 per day for parking in the areas adjacent to Gulf Beach or Walnut Beach. There is no charge to walk or bike onto any of the beaches. Parking attendants issue parking vouchers at the lots (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during season. There is no charge for walk-on entry.
NOTE: Part of the Parking area near Gulf Beach is now a construction zone due to bridge work on Gulf St - that seems to be in limbo as no work has been done for MONTHS (July 2005)
This picture is a great view of Charles Island at high tide, and it can't be reached. You can walk to Charles Island at low tide, but don't stay on it too long or you'll be swimming back.
There are at least 5-6 rescues a year from ppl getting stranded - do not be ONE of THOSE!
Charles Island is a bird sanctuary and is fenced off, No Trespassing, it says. The State "closed" the island in June 2005 to help protect bird nest sites.
It has a long history of use, and they even say it's haunted because nothing has ever prospered there.
Legend has it that Captain Kidd is reputed to have buried his treasure on the island in 1699. The island also had a hotel on it at one time - till it burnt down.
I have never been internal to the island - it does have fencing up now. Lots of poison ivy and I am sure, water rats to deal with. No thanks. Plus now it is closed.
Hit the Beach - Silver Sands State Park
The State of CT web site link has some historical facts listed. When I moved to Mfd in 1975, a single woman refused to leave her property - that the state has seized - and lived in a trailer on the beach. The state just waited till she died before starting the development phase.
Also, the access road to the beach and the boardwalk access area were at one point the location of the town dump!! You can see stuff floating up as you walk across the boardwalk on your way to the beach - Uugh!!
However, the beach there is one of the nicest ones in the Milford area.
No food service, but toilets, changing rooms are available.
See the MAP on the state website. You may drive your car to the end to drop stuff off, but then must hike back over the raised boardwalk.
You can walk out to Charles Island - briefly - at low tide. Watch out - rescues are common as ppl get stuck out there.
NOTE: The state as "closed" Charles Island(June 2005) due to ppl interfering with bird nesting sites on the island.
More pic's here
Highway to never built info: