Beaches

Wingaersheek Beach

Wingaersheek Beach –  Atlantic Street, Gloucester MA Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day. Gates open at 8am and close at 9pm. Parking Fee: Summer season weekdays $25 per vehicle, weekends/holidays $30 per vehicle. Fee is reduced by $10 after 3 p.m. Bathrooms: Yes! During the season there are real bathrooms open from 9am-6pm. Lifeguards: 9am-5pm Other facilities: Showers open […] Read more…

Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach – State Reservation Road, Salisbury MA Salisbury Beach is Hampton Beach’s next-door neighbor to the south. It’s “boardwalk” area is much smaller but equally tacky and filled with junk food vendors and arcade games. The beach is accessible at the boardwalk and there is some metered street parking, as well as a pay […] Read more…

Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach is a tiny shaded crescent of sand located at the bottom of a hill inside of Stage Fort Park. The water is calm, and the sand is coarse and light brown. It is incredibly picturesque and probably fun for very small kids or babies, but there isn’t much to see or do. […] Read more…

Crane Beach

Crane Beach is both a place for recreation and conservation. It is a huge, miles-long beach accessed by wooden walkways that extend over the dunes, which are home to the nearly endangered piping plover bird. There are 5 miles of hiking trails (download a trail map). The property is managed by a conservation organization called The […] Read more…

Jenness Beach

Just a few miles past the north end of Hampton Beach is a much smaller beach that I prefer: Jenness State Beach. It’s long enough for a little walk but still small enough that I don’t worry about my daughter getting lost in a crowd or stepping on cigarette butts.  Like most beaches north of […] Read more…