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Harkness Memorial State Park

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Address: 275 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT 06385-3823
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This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to...

This 1906 Roman Renaissance Classical Revival-style mansion belonged to philanthropist Edward Harkness.

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Beautiful place

More of a summer time venue. Too cold in the winter. Good place to snap some beautiful photos. Take your dog too 👍🏻

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 February 2017
Waterford, Connecticut
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Waterford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

More of a summer time venue. Too cold in the winter. Good place to snap some beautiful photos. Take your dog too 👍🏻

Thank colbs1285
Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

My husband and I ran at Harkness some during the fall. The paths are great for running, walking or just sight seeking. I look forward to returning over the summer to walk the gardens

Thank greeneyedlustr
New Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

My wife and I were extremely surprised at how beautiful this state park is in Waterford. The enormous open fields, beautiful beach areas, and gorgeous grounds around the Harkness mansion were quite impressive. I can't wait to go back, in the spring, to view the gardens around the mansion. We will definitely bring our family back to this gem!

Thank Steve N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful morning visit today at this stunning park. The grounds are extensive with lovely paths that wind through the estate and lead also to the magnificent shoreline. Today the beach was empty but for a few fishermen and many seagulls feasting on the shells washing up on the shore. The sun was bright and it was just glorious... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

If you're in town, I highly recommend stopping by Harkness Memorial. It has everything you could want - the water, the old mansions, the stunning gardens and big open fields. Plus, it is dog friendly! My fiance and I had our engagement photo shoot there, and it captured every type of shot we wanted. I can't wait to return next... More 

Thank Erin B
Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This is hands down the best park/place to visit in Waterford. The grounds are always well kept and it has stunning, panoramic views of Long Island sound. I had my engagements pictures taken here, attended weddings and had family picnics. It's really perfect for any occasion. It is pretty amazing to think that this property once belonged to a family... More 

Thank Familyman818
Fairfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

We had an enjoyable time here. We went on a weekday after labor day. There was no fee for parking. We walked around the grounds enjoying the gardens the water views and beach. There were picnic tables on the grounds too. We weren't able to tour the house as it was closed.

Thank Gloria H
Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, wide open space. Walked the beach, visited the gardens, enjoyed the architecture.

Thank Greg B
Waterford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

This is a lovely park that highlights the natural beauty of the area. Wide open lawns with a view of the Long Island Sound. Sandy beach area to sit and enjoy looking at the water (no swimming), picnic tables on the grass, and clean restrooms. It is a great place to fly a kite. There are also beautiful manicured gardens... More 

Thank Ann S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Absolute must do when visiting the area. Gorgeous views with walking/running paths. A beautiful start to our morning.

Thank ExoticFoodTraveller

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