Norwalk, CT

On a sunny day in early June 2012, when the kids got off the bus at 4pm we corralled them directly into the car and headed down to Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk.  We were actually headed there to bring our rescue Boxer to a traveling canine obstancle course called “Doggie Fun Zone” that my dog just loves.  And it seemed like good, wholesome fun for the family.

An added benefit is we got to spend some time at the beach.  I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised with the quality of Connecticut’s beaches lately – Sherwood Island disappointed me growing up, but an October 2011 trip to Hammonasset Beach and this trip have renewed my interest is exploring the CT coast.

It cost us $5 to park, and unfortunately the dog wasn’t allowed in the beach area.  There was alot of activity – playgrounds, ballfields, basketball and volleyball courts, benches and at least two food vendors.  Out in the water are a series of small islands that are really cool.  Wouldn’t mind living there.

The kids spent some time searching for shells, rocks, and other assorted sea-treasures.  We then went for a short walk along the shore , and returned to the car by walking along the concrete promeade.

For more info, visit the City of Norwalk website page about the beach at  As of June 2012, the nonresident parking fee is $20/car on weekdays before 5 pm, $25/car on weekends before 5:00 pm, and $5 after 5:00 pm. Passes are available at the beach.