There’s a New Submarine Playground Near Groton – Here’s The Scoop

This week my son and I ventured to Admiral Fife Recreation Area, located just off Route 1 in Stonington, CT. We were pleasantly surprised by the upgraded playground and even more so by the bright, happy yellow submarine. After sharing photos, we were even more surprised to see the big reaction we got from all of you!

We certainly weren’t the only ones who didn’t know about this park. And in fact, the recreation area is operated by the local MWR. There were a lot of questions, so we did a little digging.

Here’s what you need to know:

The park is free and off-base.

Don’t let the submarine fool you! This park is operated by the MWR, but it is located far from base in the heart of Stonington. The exact address is 623 Stonington Rd, Stonington, CT 06378. The park is free and open to the public. Hiking, catch and release fishing and the playground do not need reservations. The park also offers a softball field, horseshoe pits, volleyball court and half-court baseketball courts. Pets are not allowed. There are restrooms, as well!

There is unique history here.

In 1975, Admiral James Fife, Jr. bequeathed his estate to the SUBASE to have it developed into a place of recreation. This beautiful wildlife area features 40 acres of property with a two acre pond.

You can rent the pavillion.

The pavillion is now available to rent for groups of up to 200. You can reserve the area through SUBASE swimming, call (860) 694-3562 for more information.

The playground is friendly for all ages.

I brought my 19-month old toddler, and he loved it! There are two main play structures, one of which is intended for younger ages. There are also baby swings.

Bring bug spray!

The recreation area is a bit rural and in the woods, so be prepared for unpaved roads and bugs!

Have you been yet? We hope this post inspires you to go.

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