Slocum River

This is a fantastic spot for little kids, as it features broad, sandy flats covered by warm, knee-deep water—perfect for collecting hermit crabs, periwinkles and the occasional horseshoe crab. In the fall you can sometimes catch stripers and bluefish in the deep channel at the river mouth. Blue crabs are abundant in the river and inside Giles Creek, and can be taken with nets or chicken legs. Restrooms, a changing area and an ice cream truck are accessible (in summer) via a short walk to the parking lot behind the beach.

On a final note, after hauling out at the end of the day, treat yourself to an ice cream at Handy Hill, at the junction of Rte. 88 and Hixbridge Road. Or head south to Westport Harbor for dinner or drinks at the Back Eddy.