Location: 880 South Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT

jennings-beachRules: No rules posted. Enter at your own and your dog’s risk

Hours: Open daily, sunrise to sunset. Note: the beach is open to dogs from Oct. 1 to April 1. From April 1 to October 1, the beach is only open to people and no animals are allowed.

Description: Jennings Beach is the largest of Fairfield, CT’s beaches. Its 27 acre site offers visitors a large sandy beach with great views of Long Island Sound. It is handicapped-accessible with a concession stand, bathroom facilities, volleyball poles, picnic tables and sailboat racks. The property is near the South Benson Boat Marina, and shares a parking lot with the Henry Rowland Memorial Playground, home of the “Sand Castle Playground” and the Skate Park.

jennings-tableJennings Beach is free and open to the public, however from Memorial Day Saturday to Labor Day, a Fairfield resident beach sticker is required to park in the lot. From 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., vehicles without a beach sticker must pay a daily parking fee of $20 on weekdays and $50 on weekends & holidays at the gate.  Parking fees will be collected at the gate until 9:30 p.m.

dusty-circle-smREVIEW BY DUSTY BLUE: This place is pretty cool! It’s an entire beach dedicated to dogs that spans 27 acres. I met some larger dogs here… mostly Labrador Retrievers and Standard Poodles who were jumping in and out of the water. This was my first time at the beach so I didn’t venture in, but I still found plenty of driftwood and clumps of debris to mark.  Beautiful place!