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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 Light 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 +
    421 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Crane Beach on the Crane Estate +
    109 saves

    Crane Beach on the Crane Estate

    Ipswich

  • Coast Guard Beach (National Seashore) +
    100 saves

    Coast Guard Beach (National Seashore)

    Eastham

  • Chatham Light Beach +
    96 saves

    Chatham Light Beach

    Chatham

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    63 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Salisbury Beach Partnership +
    60 saves

    Salisbury Beach Partnership

    Salisbury

  • Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals +
    48 saves

    Nantasket Beach Bikes - Rentals

    Hull

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

    Plum Island Beach/Parker River Wildlife Refuge

    Newburyport

  • Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge +
    41 saves

    Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Nantucket

  • Good Harbor Beach +
    38 saves

    Good Harbor Beach

    Gloucester

  • Duxbury Beach +
    35 saves

    Duxbury Beach

    Duxbury

  • Singing Beach +
    30 saves

    Singing Beach

    Manchester-by-the-sea

  • Walden Pond State Reservation +
    29 saves

    Walden Pond State Reservation

    Concord

  • Jetties Beach +
    28 saves

    Jetties Beach

    Nantucket

  • Lighthouse Beach +
    24 saves

    Lighthouse Beach

    Edgartown

  • South Beach State Park +
    24 saves

    South Beach State Park

    Edgartown

  • Horseneck Beach State Reservation Campground* +
    19 saves

    Horseneck Beach State Reservation Campground*

    Westport

  • Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge +
    14 saves

    Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge

    Chappaquiddick Island

  • First Encounter Beach +
    14 saves

    First Encounter Beach

    Eastham

  • Madaket Beach +
    14 saves

    Madaket Beach

    Nantucket

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