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Beaches in Massachusetts

Spanning over 1,500 miles of a rocky coastline, it’s no wonder why so many people make the beach towns in Massachusetts their summer home. From beaches in the North Shore and down to Nantucket, there’s something for everyone to have fun in the sun. Ranked the #1 family beach in America, Revere Beach just northeast of Boston, is famous for their impressive sand sculptures and castle competitions. Get the best views of Thacher Island’s twin lighthouses from Rockport’s Long Beach. Catch the best sunset in New England at Madaket Beach in Nantucket. Nantasket Beach in the greater Boston area offers outdoor recreation yielding boating, swimming, and snorkeling. Set sail for some aquatic adventures at the pet-friendly Plymouth Beach, featuring stunning Atlantic Ocean views. Make your way to Cape Cod National Seashore stretching 40 miles of pristine sandy beach, lighthouses, and cultural landscapes to swim, fish, hike and bike all summer long.

Cape Cod National Seashore

Encompassing more than 43,000 acres in eastern Massachusetts, Cape Cod National Seashore is an attractive destination, filled with an array of impressive outdoor activities. There are wooded areas, ponds, and beaches yielding excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Visits to the Cape Cod National Seashore are a summer staple for locals – drive in from Plymouth and join in on the fun.

Cape Cod National Seashore was created in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, crossing over the towns of Wellfleet, Truro, Chatham, Orleans, Eastham, and Provincetown. Be sure to explore the Highlands Center for the Arts, a highlight of the CCNS. In the Truro section of the CCNS, don't miss out on the Head of the Meadow Trail, a wonderful hiking and biking destination.

Nantasket Beach

A popular summer destination, Nantasket Beach is just 20 miles outside of Boston and an even shorter drive from nearby Quincy and Rockland. With it's distinctive light gray sand, Nantasket Beach is technically called the Nantasket Beach Reservation, and is run by the Metropolitan Park System of Greater Boston.

At low tide you'll be able to enjoy dozens upon dozens of tide pools at the Nantasket Beach. A three-mile stretch of pristine beach land, Nantasket Beach is an ideal destination on your next visit into Massachusetts. Launch your boat, do some snorkeling, or simply rest and relax under the sun along the Nantasket Beach – many visitors pack for picnic style lunches and enjoy the scenic views of the Atlantic Ocean.

Plymouth Beach

A nearly ideal summer destination for your next romp around coastal Massachusetts, the popular Plymouth Beach is just north of downtown Plymouth. The Plymouth Beach, essentially, creates what's known as Plymouth Harbor – a section of water fed by the Plymouth Bay, which is actually a small off-shoot of the Cape Cod Bay, and thus the Atlantic Ocean. You'll find just the right kind of aquatic adventures when you head for Plymouth Beach.

Also known as the Plymouth Long Beach – due to it's elongated, island-type shape, jetting off into the Plymouth Harbor nearly four miles from the shore of Plymouth, Plymouth Beach is fun for the entire family, even your pooch – it's dog friendly. On your next visit into MA, head for Plymouth Beach and enjoy stunning views of the Atlantic, while never being more than a few miles from all of the fun of Plymouth.