Once the temps start to climb in Boston, you’ll want to find a beach-y respite to cool off. You don’t have to go far with these beaches in Boston proper.
The Best Beaches in Boston
Pleasure Bay Beach on Castle Island
This South Boston favorite is connected to the mainland by a thin stretch of land and can also be accessed by boat. Pack a picnic for the day and explore Fort Independence (some form of fort has stood in the same spot since the 1630s) before settling down on the beach area to eat lunch (bring your own or grab some from the snack bar) and take in the city skyline. Photo by @seragioo on Instagram; and on top of page by @bostonswaters on Instagram.
This South Boston beach on Dorchester Bay is part of a sandy three-mile segment with a recently renovated bathhouse and lifeguard stations as well as a walkway that allows you to walk or bike from Castle Island to the Kennedy Library. Photo by @clairekilcullen on Instagram.
Soak in the sun and sand and watch the planes take off and land at Logan International Airport at this East Boston beach in the Orient Heights neighborhood. The man-made beach, which has relatively quiet tides, offers a bath house, snack bar, a children’s playground, and sports courts. Photo by @jeaglemich on Instagram.
The idea of a beach for everyone’s use located just four miles from the center of Boston was such a novelty when Revere Beach opened in 1895 that it drew tens of thousands of locals on the first day. Now America’s first public beach (which went through an extensive clean up in the 1980s) is easily accessible via the Blue Line on the T and has lifeguards, public restrooms, and local restaurants like Kelly’s Roast Beef. Don’t miss the annual New England Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, taking place from July 21-23. Photo by @rakkasans1 on Instagram.
While you might not be California dreaming on this Dorchester beach, it does offer you the chance to get a break from the summer heat and humidity and go swimming in a protected area on the Neponset River with a boathouse nearby. Photo by @yong_cabal on Instagram.