With the summer heat upon us, there is no better time than ever to explore the many beaches surrounding Cambridge. Whether you are looking for the perfect area beach to relax at during a lazy summer day or somewhere where you can get active and enjoy your favorite sand sports, here are some great choices to consider.
Savin Hill Beach
Situated next to Malibu Beach near its Red Line Stop, Savin Hill Beach offers baseball diamonds, a tot lot and protected swimming.
Located in Boston about a half-mile from the JFK/UMass Red Line stop, Carson Beach offers volleyball and bocce courts along with food vendors.
M Street Beach
Located just a half-mile from the JFK/UMass Red Line stop, the M Street Beach is part of a three-mile stretch of park along Dorchester Bay.
Half Moon Beach
Part of Stage Fort Park, Gloucester’s Half Moon Beach is located at the site of the town’s first European settlement dating back to the early 1620s. The beach offers ample space for picnicking as well as a visitor’s center with restrooms.
Good Harbor Beach
Resting along the Atlantic on the North Shore, Good Harbor Beach offers concessions, restrooms and outdoor showers.
Dorchester Shores Reservation
Consisting of Victory Road Park, Malibu Beach and Tenean Beach, the state-run Dorchester Shores Reservation lines the mouth of the Neponset River leading to Boston Harbor. The grounds also include playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts and a bathhouse.
Situated next to the Carson and M Street beaches, Pleasure Bay helps to form a three-mile stretch of parkland on the South Side. The beach offers plenty of space for biking, walking or simply relaxing at the beachfront.
The biggest beach fronting Boston Harbor, Quincy’s Wollaston Beach boasts 2.3 miles of oceanfront. Part of the larger state-run Quincy Shores Reservation, the area offers plenty of hiking and biking opportunities along with picnic tables and a play area.
Part of a 67-acre nature preserve at the end of a peninsula, Nahant Beach offers solitude along with plenty of hiking trails and playing fields.
Boasting around 5.5 miles of trails, Crane Beach in Ipswich as serves as a nature preserve. Amenities include picnic tables, concessions, a bathhouse and an information kiosk.
Situated along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay in Gloucester, Wingaersheek Beach offers restrooms, concessions and outdoor showers.
Race Point Beach
Located in Cape Cod’s Provincetown, Race Point Beach features bike trails conveniently located directly from the parking lot as well as restrooms.
Boasting 10 miles of beachfront, the Cape Cod beach of Nauset Beach is a popular Orleans destination. Amenities include food vendors, a boardwalk, a picnic area, restrooms and showers.
Reachable via the Rockport Commuter Rail Line from North Station, Manchester-by-the-Sea’s Singing Beach offers a nearly half-mile-wide beach to explore.
Founded in 1896, the state-run Revere Beach is the oldest public beach in the country. One of the most popular beaches in Massachusetts in terms of the number of visitors, Revere Beach boasts several miles of shoreline along with food vendors, a bandstand and plenty of shelters.