Opened to the public in 2006, the Boston Harbor Islands boast a wide array of activities for the adventure seeking Bostonian. Spectacle Island is only a short ferry ride away and boasts a pebbly beach, boat docks, and a visitor center with restroom facilities and concessions. The Harbor Islands are easily accessible via public transportation. After taking the Blue line to the Aquarium stop, walk the to Columbus Park side of the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel. There you’ll find informational kiosks, ticket booths, and the ferry docks.
Where can city dwellers go to embrace the sun that is both nearby and T-accessible? Enter Carson Beach in South Boston, located about 1/2 mile from the JFK/UMASS stop on the Red Line. This beach boasts sand volleyball courts, a bocce court, restrooms and food vendors.
Few Bostonians may realize that Revere Beach was the first public beach in the United States. Located at the end of the MBTA Blue Line’s Wonderland T stop, Revere Beach is a local hotspot. In addition to traditional swimming and sunning activities, this beach also hosts a yearly sand sculpture festival perfect for families.
Crane Beach, a wildlife reserve and recreation area in Ipswich, is a rare gem. White sand, tide pools, and sand bars abound along the nearly 4 miles of pristine coastline. Crane’s offers food service from burgers and hot dogs to salads and made to order sandwiches. The concession stand accepts cash and credit cards. Restrooms, changing booths and showers are also available. The beach is accessible by public transport. Catch a Newburyport/Rockport line train from North Station to Ipswich. From the Ipswich train station, take a CATA shuttle to the beach.
Another beloved Cape Ann beach spot, the beauty of Singing Beach will make your heart soar – and your feet too. Known for the mysterious sound the sand makes under your feet, you will find adventure and great beach front for exploring. Singing Beach is also accessible via the MBTA Commuter Rail. Parking policies may vary depending on events.
Part of beautiful Cape Ann on the North Shore of Massachusetts, Wingaersheek Beach is known for its still waters and low tide, making it a perfect family friendly beach. Conveniences like a concession stand, restrooms, and showers are available.
Cristy Maldonado is a Boston-based blogger in constant pursuit of fun activities in the city. Read more of her work at bostonurbansafari.blogspot.com.