In July, the outdoors are bursting with natural beauty. What better time to go to your favorite park? Here are eight local favorites even seasoned Greenwich park-goers should revisit.
Binney Park (at Sound Beach Avenue and Arch Street, Old Greenwich, CT): Once a lush, flood plain salt meadow with a stream wandering through it, today the 32-acre Binney Park is a lovely spot for photographs and Fourth of July fireworks. Paved paths for joggers and picnic spots for diners await.
Greenwich Point Park (Tods Driftway, Old Greenwich, CT; 203-622-7817): The park with a big sandy beach, also known as “Tod's Point” to locals, is perhaps Greenwich’s most loved. And it’s easy to see why. This park is the perfect spot for virtually everything – from picnics and shellfishing to sailboat watching and Frisbee-throwing in the summertime to hiking in the cooler months.
Island Beach (Arch Street ferry area, 3,500 ft. from Great Captains’ Island): This beach park, formerly known as Little Captain Island, is just a ferry trip away June to September, with 1,000 feet of sandy beach on its northern and eastern perimeters. Other amenities include a waterfront picnic area and concession stand.
Mianus River & Park (east of Stanwich Road on Cognewaugh Road, Greenwich): This park, which is spread across the Greenwich/Stamford border, offers acres and acres of wildlife and recreation (sans picnic facilities). The park has plenty of trails for wanderers and serious hikers who want to navigate its Maple and Oak trees.
Bruce Park (off I-95 along Bruce Park Drive, Greenwich, CT): This scenic family park is a lovely backdrop to the on-premises Bruce Museum, as well as favorite local jogging spot. Picnic tables and grilling areas make it a great spot for outdoor dining in the warmer months.
Montgomery Pinetum Park (150 Bible St., Cos Cob; 203-622-7824): Bursting with gorgeous views, the park known by many in Cos Cob simply as “Pinetum Park” is a gardener’s delight full of perennial flowers and wildlife. It’s also a nice place for hikers and runners, and families with pets.