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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 +
    220 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate +
    179 saves

    Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Crane Beach on the Crane Estate +
    60 saves

    Crane Beach on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Surfari Stand Up Paddle & Surf +
    60 saves

    Surfari Stand Up Paddle & Surf

    Manchester By-the-sea

  • Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island +
    42 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands- Georges Island

    Boston

  • Shearwater Excursions, Inc. +
    33 saves

    Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

    Nantucket

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    32 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Salisbury Beach Partnership +
    31 saves

    Salisbury Beach Partnership

    Salisbury

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    30 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

  • Coast Guard Beach (National Seashore) +
    30 saves

    Coast Guard Beach (National Seashore)

    Eastham

  • Chatham Light Beach +
    25 saves

    Chatham Light Beach

    Chatham

  • MOCEAN +
    22 saves

    MOCEAN

    Mashpee

  • Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals +
    18 saves

    Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals

    Hull

  • Duxbury Beach +
    12 saves

    Duxbury Beach

    Duxbury

  • Marsh and Bay Expeditions LC +
    9 saves

    Marsh and Bay Expeditions LC

    Westport

  • Plum Island Beach/Parker River Wildlife Refuge +
    9 saves

    Plum Island Beach/Parker River Wildlife Refuge

    Newburyport

  • Singing Beach +
    8 saves

    Singing Beach

    Manchester-by-the-sea

  • Good Harbor Beach +
    7 saves

    Good Harbor Beach

    Gloucester

  • Lake Mattawa +
    6 saves

    Lake Mattawa

    Orange

  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation Campground* +
    5 saves

    Horseneck Beach State Reservation Campground*

    Westport

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