A visit to Hole in the Wall Beach in Niantic, Connecticut guarantees one thing – a great view of the Long Island Sound and the trains taking people from New York City to Boston. Kids will love being able to watch the train go by so closely.
Hole in the Wall Beach
East Lyme, CT 06357
Besides the train, this beach has a lot to offer. With the newly completed boardwalk, the whole family can take a stroll in the evening after a day at the beach. Located just off Main Street in Niantic, the Hole in the Wall Beach is walking distance from stores and restaurants – including a great Retro ice cream parlor, Gumdrops & Lollipops – where you can stop and get a bite or take a break from the sun during your visit. This store is a kids delight because it is filled with candy, lollipops and ice cream treat.
From Memorial day to Labor day parking requires a pass which can either be purchase through the East Lyme Parks & Recreation office, or at Tumbleweeds across the street from Baptist Lane. The Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT also has passes available (members can reserve them beforehand).
Once you arrive and park, there are restrooms located in a building within the lot, and then you must go through the “hole in the wall” to access the beach area.
Once through the hole (which is really just the train track overpass), the beach is located to the right. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer months when passes are required. From the beach, you can see a portion of the larger McCook Point Park, which is accessed by a different entrance and parking lot further up Main Street.
The Hole in the Wall Beach is small, quiet beach nestled off Main Street is one of the features of Niantic Village that makes it great for residents and visitors alike. Stop by next time you are in the area to take in the sights and sounds this beach has to offer.