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Parks and Recreation

Being a great place to live means being a great place to play.


Milford is both. Sporting over 17 miles of coastline with 6.4 miles of sandy beach (the most in CT) there is always a place to spread your blanket.

Multiple city and private beaches grace the shoreline. Silver Sands State Park offers a breathtaking view of Long Island Sound and a sand bar walk to Charles Island at low tide.

But don’t take too long! The bar disappears at high tide, and you could spend many hours marooned on this 14-acre bird paradise.

Milford Lisman Landing, our municipal marina, is home to 40 transient slips and six for commercial fishermen. Landlubbers love the patio for lunch and viewing the flowers, including a beautiful rose garden. A favorite day for boating is a skip over Long Island Sound to Port Jefferson, L.I. and back. The Milford Yacht Club provides year-round slips as well as Milford Boat Works, Port Milford, and Spencer’s Marina. A municipal boat launch provides residents with easy access to the treasures of Long Island Sound and the mysterious Charles Island. The state has a boat-launching ramp on the Housatonic River on the west side of Milford.

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If golfing tickles your backswing then you are in luck. The Orchards, Milford’s nine-hole municipal course, offers convenient and interesting play. Great River Golf Course, an 18-hole, Fazio-designed course, has won instant praise as one of the state’s finest. Other courses are close by in surrounding communities.

Cool air fans enjoy the Milford Ice Pavilion that offers skating instruction and practice hours. Bowling 10-pin style is a favorite pastime at AMF Milford Lanes, while duck pins style the Devon Lanes.

The mission of the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point is “To promote awareness of the Long Island Sound ecosystem and foster its preservation.” They do so against a backdrop of picturesque beachfront and thriving wildlife habitats. The center features educational exhibits, a salt marsh laboratory, classes on environmental topics, youth programs, and bird and nature walks.

Municipal parks serve up tennis and basketball courts, playground swings and slides, baseball, soccer and softball fields. Included in the full range of programs from the Recreation Department is one of the most active softball operations with leagues for all ages, youth to senior citizens.


Eisenhower Park sets aside land for community gardeners, paths for horse riders and walkers, a fitness obstacle course and a fenced area for dogs to run while allowing nature to flourish in other parts of the park.

See the latest movies at our multiple state-of-the-art cinemas, or enjoy a production at the Milford Fine Arts Council’s EastBound Theater. Our strong and vibrant arts community is housed in the renovated former railroad station where there is always something being created. The Milford Senior Center offers entertainment and services for those who like all types of activities.

To be in a quieter place, travel to one of our preserved forever-green areas. Open space acquisition is high on the local agenda with 157 acres acquired in the last five years. Green gems filled with wildlife, native flora and fauna are tucked into these pockets that dot the city.

If you like the bright lights of the big city, take a bite of the Big Apple. Or enjoy the smaller lights of New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, which are even closer. In any direction you can expand your recreation and entertainment horizons exponentially!

Multiple festival and community events echo at all times of the year! Visit the Milford Chamber of Commerce Community Calendar at to see what’s up.

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