About 50 Miles From Midtown Manhattan

WESTPORT, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – WCBS 880 is beginning a weekly series – One Tank Trips – focusing on destinations you can get to by car and in one day. We’ll have a new installment every Wednesday through October.

This month, we are profiling Connecticut, and begin with WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau at Sherwood Island State Park in Westport.

It’s just a short hop from the city, about 50 miles, a terrific day trip.

When you get here, you’ll find an awful lot of beachfront in this 203-acre park on Long Island Sound.

Shade trees and lawns invite a perfect place for a picnic, plus there are tables and grills, It’s a great setup for a family gathering.

Gov. Dan Malloy can attest to that.

“I grew up here for much of my early life. My whole big extended family, all my cousins and uncles and aunts, we would go to Sherwood Island on the fourth of July and we’d have to get in line very early and there’d be a mad dash when the park opened so that you could go get some benches together and have your cookout,” Malloy told WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau. “It brings back great memories.”

The park is also home to the state’s 9/11 memorial.

Later in the afternoon, after a nice shower in the big bathhouse, you might want to consider dinner downtown at a nice restaurant.

Many of them offer casual dining with very good food.

Sherwood Island is open every day from 8 in the morning until sunset.

LINK: Sherwood Island State Park (CT DEEP)

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