Rules & Regulations

Sound View Beach, America's First Public Beach, established 1892 - is a 100 foot section of public beach, located at the end of Hartford and Swan Avenues.

Sound View Commission information may be found on the Town of Old Lyme web site.

Town Parking lot
  • Open 9:00 AM closed 8:00 PM
  • Parking fees charged 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM in town lot
  • Entrance Hartford Avenue. Exit onto Portland Avenue
Town Lot configuration:
  • 3, 30 minute business spaces
  • 7 spaces reserved for Old Lyme Resident parking pass
  • 2 handicap - paid spaces
  • 71 paid spaces
Street Parking on Hartford Avenue:
  • Parking fees charged 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM street parking
  • 15 Paid spaces for full size car / motorcycle / golf cart
  • 5 Paid "Golf Cart" only spaces
  • 8, 30 minute business spaces - open and not reserved for any specific business
      ~ identified with street markings and yellow curb
  • 2, 15 minute business spaces (reserved for and monitored by Carousel shop)
      ~ identified with street markings and yellow curb
  • Vehicles with Old Lyme beach parking pass may use any paid street space
Parking fees for Town Parking Lot and Hartford Avenue
  • Weekend and Holiday $10.00 per 2 hour block of time
  • Weekdays $6.00 per 2 hour block of time
  • Parking fees are plus CT sales tax 6.35% to be added when Kiosk ticket is purchased
  • Parking Kiosks accept Master Card and Visa only - No Cash accepted
Privately owned and permitted Parking lots are also located: 3 on Swan Ave, 3 on Portland Ave and 1 on Pond Road. Their parking fees are determined by the operator.

One vehicle per space - Motorcycle, Car, or Golf Cart. Street parking on any street other than designated spaces on Hartford Avenue is prohibited and will result in a ticket or tow.

Parking regulations are strictly enforced. Illegal parking will result in ticketing and towing at the owner's expense.

Parking pass: Old Lyme residents may obtain a Parking Pass through the town of Old Lyme web site.

Golf Carts must be registered with the Sound View Commission, Town of Old Lyme and are subject to special use regulations.

Beach Rules
Beach open 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
No lifeguard on duty - swim at your own risk

• Littering - Alcoholic beverages - Pets - Motorized vehicles - Glass containers
• Ball playing - Open fires / grills - Watercraft tied to any buoy line - Fireworks
• Loitering - Camping, sleeping on beach after dark
• All containers may be subject to inspection
Cooler Size restriction - no coolers larger than 5 quarts allowed on beach
• Stand up Paddle Boards (SUP) are prohibited within the designated swim areas

No Smoking or Vaping on Beach or in Parking lot

Traffic and Beach capacity closures:
• The entry gates at Swan and Portland Avenues will be closed on high traffic days - entry to Sound View will be via Hartford Ave.
• When parking lots reach capacity, Hartford Ave will be closed and monitored by the Police for Business and resident traffic only.

Prohibited Vehicles (Swan, Hartford, Portland Avenues)
• Buses
• Livery with capacity 10 or more
• Class "A" RV's
• Bus Conversion RV's
• First Offense: $500.00 Fine

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