Sherwood Island State Park


Sherwood Island State Park

Flying a kite at Sherwood Island State Park

Connecticut's first state park is still one of its finest. Have a leisurely lunch in the shade of the picnic grove, swim in Long Island Sound, or view marsh life from the observation platform at Sherwood Island.


There is a permanent alcohol ban at Sherwood Island State Park.
Please do not bring alcoholic beverages.

Pets are not permitted at Sherwood Island State Park from April 15 through September 30.

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Sherwood Island Nature Center Temporarily Closed for Renovations and Repairs

The interior of the Sherwood Island Nature Center structure is temporarily closed for renovations and repairs.  We hope to have inside exhibits available again before the end of the 2022 season. 

Although the indoor area is currently closed, we are offering outdoor exhibits available on the Nature Center Porch, complete with a small touch tank and a number of other activities and learning opportunities. 

Outdoor activities and exhibits are available, weather permitting, Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 am - 4 pm.

Curious and budding naturalists of all ages will find at the nature center a wide variety of displays and exhibits to greet them and help them understand the rich diversity of plant and animal life that inhabit the park.

The Center is located between East Beach and the salt marsh nature trail. DEEP staff, assisted by interns and docents, has planned summer nature walks, bird watching, and learning activities for adults and children.

The Nature Center is open Wednesday - Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.

Sherwood Island Nature Center

This property was acquired and/or developed with the assistance of the Land and Water Conservation Fund

Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program

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Content updated July 2022