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Here’s a very incomplete list of things to do on the beaches of Massachusetts: play in the waves at Coast Guard Beach, consistently ranked the #1 family beach in America; build a sandcastle at Revere Beach, or watch the pros build them during the annual Sand Sculpting Festival; get all philosophical at Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond; ride the waves at Long Beach; sunbathe at the gorgeous Crane Beach; bark at the seals at Chatham Lighthouse Beach; go clamming at the aptly named Clammers Beach; daydream about quitting your job and moving to Nantucket or Martha’s Vineyard; catch the best sunset in New England at Madaket Beach. We could go on, but with almost 1,500 miles of coastline in Massachusetts plus countless picturesque ponds and lakes, we’re worried we’d break the internet.

  • Nantucket

  • Chatham Beach, Chatham

  • Duxbury Beach, Duxbury

  • Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester

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  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    155 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    115 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Surfari Stand Up Paddle & Surf +
    50 saves

    Surfari Stand Up Paddle & Surf

    Manchester By-the-sea

  • Crane Beach on the Crane Estate +
    42 saves

    Crane Beach on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    26 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Salisbury Beach Partnership +
    21 saves

    Salisbury Beach Partnership

    Salisbury

  • MOCEAN +
    19 saves

    MOCEAN

    Mashpee

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    17 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    16 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals +
    9 saves

    Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals

    Hull

  • Marsh and Bay Expeditions LC +
    4 saves

    Marsh and Bay Expeditions LC

    Westport

  • Lake Mattawa +
    1 saves

    Lake Mattawa

    Orange

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