Date Of Visit: July 4, 2017
Location: 435 Babbs Rd, West Suffield, CT
Cost: Free (but it may soon cost $20 for non residents – see below)
Hours: open daily from sunrise to sunset
Parking: There is designated handicapped parking closer to the beach
Dog Friendly: No
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Highlights: beach, volleyball net, scenic, boating, concerts
Website: Babb’s Beach
The former site of a small amusement park (Babb’s Beach Amusement Park), Babb’s Beach is a small, hidden beach located along the Congamond Lakes in Suffield, CT.
What Babb’s Beach lacks in size it makes up for in charm.
Parking was available on the grass in front of the beach when I went to visit. But, only a week later, a sign was posted indicating it would cost non-Suffield residents $20 for the first vehicle and $5 for each additional vehicle in each party to visit. One of the reasons for this is the mess that was left behind by 4th of July visitors (present company excluded). There are also about half a dozen handicapped parking spaces right along the entrance to the beach with handicapped accessible comfort stations.
There is a short, scenic walk from the main parking area to the beach head.
The beach is just as popular for the boating and other water activities as it is for the sunbathing and beach games (there is a volleyball net at the beach).
The beach is not very big (7 acres) and I could see how it may get overpopulated on busy summer days. But, due to its somewhat hidden location and, surely, because of the additional fee they have just implemented, it will most likely remain the hidden treasure it was during my visit.
Today’s featured link is the Babb’s Rink Restoration Project. Years ago, the Babb’s Roller Rink, located about a mile from the beach, was shut down. They are now trying to raise money and awareness about the project to renovate and re-open the rink.