Sure, building sand castles can be fun, but you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who actually enjoys the residue that lingers after a day at the beach. That’s why we’d like to suggest Madison Beach, where there’s nary a grain of sand to be seen. Grass is what you’ll find here–cool, supple, stays-where-it-lays grass. This allows for a blanketless sunbathing experience, a less clumsy game of frisbee, or a picnic without the grit.And unlike the sandy beaches on the Sound, the water here is actually warm and swimmer-friendly. Young kids can wade in the rocky shallows, athletes can practice their freestyle farther out, and daredevils can swim out to the diving platform and challenge each other to a cannonball contest.
The only downside is that parking can be tricky. Don’t lose patience–it’s worth the headache of driving around the block a few times.
Photo credit: Pepe Transitor on flickr