Nantasket Beach

Nantasket Beach
Nantasket Beach has a unique position 30 minutes southeast of Boston in Hull, Massachusetts. Adjacent Boston Harbor is home to several bays and islands including Quincy Bay, Boston Harbor Islands State Park, Hingham Bay, and Hull Bay. Scenic and full of activity, the bay is a popular spot for boating and one of the more popular Massachusetts beaches among families. Nantasket Beach Boston is located on a peninsula slightly beyond Quincy Bay and World End’s Island, extending northwest into the bay. This portion of land is called the South Arm of Boston Harbor. From here, visitors will enjoy one of the nicest views of the Boston skyline.

Nantasket Beach is defined by a long stretch of light gray, fine sand. It is one of the most frequented of all Greater Boston beaches. Almost thirty acres along nearly two miles of oceanfront are encompassed by the reservation. A big attraction are the acres of tidal pools left behind during low tide, offering plenty of places to explore and spot tiny ocean creatures. Another main attraction is the historic carousel, called Paragon Carousel, at Nantasket since the early days when it featured a popular amusement park. There are public events such as dance instruction, along with live music happening every summer. Nantasket Beach Boston is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, with lifeguards on beach duty from late June through to the first week of September.

The first section of Nantasket Beach is nearest the main town and also houses the public parking lots. It is within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops, and bars. This first section has a slightly rocky shoreline that presents an interesting backdrop during low tide and also offers some definition to where people are sitting. Farther out along the peninsula is the best-loved part of beach, where the sand is super-soft and less rocky but the water is slightly cooler. The perk of taking the time and effort to moving farther onto the peninsula is the lack of crowds evident along the first portion.

There is little visitors will miss when visiting Nantasket Beach Boston. There is a bathhouse equipped with showers and restrooms, cafes and restaurants along the boardwalk for quick lunches and waterfront dinners, and plenty of beach shops ideal for grabbing those forgotten items. There are also multiple playgrounds, volleyball courts, and mini golf. The local marina rents kayaks to take tours of nearby Weir River Estuary or the town’s bay side. At the very edge of town if Fort Revere, providing captivating scenery starring the boston Harbor Islands. Sunset Point, accessible by walking or cycling, is another acclaimed location to watch the sunset.

Nantasket Beach is home to several hotels, a motel, and a bed and breakfast, each based closer to the mainland. This provides numerous options in several different price ranges. There is also a marina available where boats can be rented or docked in the slips for a fee.

Weekends are incredibly busy, and at high tide, there is little more than a strip of sand available for crowds to hang out on until the water goes back down. A small draw back but one that is worth planning around if possible. Otherwise, one of the most notable times to visit Nantasket Beach Boston is during Fourth of July celebrations when the town puts on a spectacular fire works show.

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