Beaches Within an Hour of Boston


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Warm weather is in full force here in New England (hooray!), bringing sunshine for days, endless opportunities to be outside until the early evening hours, and time to have fun at the beach. Summer in New England is synonymous with going to the beach, and we in the greater Boston area are so lucky to have many excellent beaches that border the Atlantic Ocean. Since no one wants to sit in a car for long on a hot summer day while en route to sand and water fun, we pulled together a roundup of beaches all within an hour of Boston.


Castle Island and Carson Beach, South Boston

Located right next to each other, Castle Island and Carson Beach in Southie offer a great opportunity to get some beach time in without ever leaving the city proper — and with the planes landing close by at Logan Airport, the entertainment value is doubled here. With a playground, bathrooms, and Sullivan’s — a delicious and famous hot dog stand — Castle Island allows for hours of fun outside, with a lot of convenience to boot.

Constitution Beach, East Boston

Also a hop, skip, and a jump away from Logan Airport, Constitution Beach offers the convenience of sunbathing and swimming in Boston, with the extra entertainment of watching planes take off and land. Picnic tables and a play area for kids complement the beach area, offering an urban jungle with adventures awaiting.

North Shore

Crane Beach, Ipswich

On the North Shore in the seaside town of Ipswich, Crane Beach is a family-friendly beach that offers plenty of room to spread out and have fun. Being so expansive, there’s plenty of room for paddle ball, sand castle creations, and boogie boarding. When and if the littles ever get beached out, there’s also a pick-your-own farm located down the road, with ample strawberries waiting to be plucked and taken home, and an ice cream window there, too.

Revere Beach, Revere

Located just five miles north of Boston and accessible by the Blue Line (MBTA), Revere Beach is known as “America’s first beach,” established in 1896. With a sandy shore stretching seemingly endlessly and lots of dining and ice cream options nearby, this beach is a convenient, family-friendly option with no car required. And in late July, Revere Beach hosts a famous sand sculpting festival!

Long Beach, Nahant

As part of the Nahant Beach Reservation, which is also part of the Metropolitan Park System of Boston, this beach features a 7,000-foot expanse to have fun.

South Shore

Wollaston Beach, Quincy

As Quincy’s largest beach, located on Quincy Bay, Wollaston Beach is the largest Boston Harbor Beach, with nearly 2.5 miles of shoreline. The beach provides views of Boston, Quincy, and some of the Harbor Islands, and offers lifeguards, a bathhouse with public restrooms, and free parking — all within just a few miles of Boston. Be warned that parts of Wollaston Beach occasionally are found to have high bacteria counts, so some people avoid swimming there. But with a playground nearby and a great beach walkway, there is plenty of fun to be had!

Nantasket Beach, Hull

Located on the South Shore, Nantasket Beach is another family-favorite that features an old-fashioned boardwalk complete with a carousel, a slew of restaurants, arcades, and stores to check out.

What are your favorite nearby beaches?


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Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes. Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity. Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.