Location: 880 South Benson Rd., Fairfield, CT
Rules: 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 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.
REVIEW 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!