Nantasket Beach Reservation
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Route 3A, Hull, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free
Contact:; 617-727-5290

Bathrooms: At the comfort station
Water/Snacks: Water fountains along the promenade


This beach has been a popular spot for beach lovers since the nineteenth century.

Nantasket Beach.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Nantasket Beach Reservation is a 26-acre ocean playground. From the late 1800s, Hull (known by the Wampanoags as Nantasket, meaning “at the straight” or “low-tide place”), was the place to see and be seen. It had the largest summer hotel in the nation, and in its golden age, luminaries such as President Grover Cleveland and President Calvin Coolidge visited. At one point, there was an amusement park—the historic Paragon Carousel is a landmark to that era and still brings thrills to small kids.

Today, besides swimming, sunbathing, and building sandcastles, you can enjoy concerts and public dance lessons in summer. The 1.5-mile promenade trail along the shore is great for people-watching and enjoying the views.

Remember: Lifeguards are on duty from late June to early September. At other times, swimming is at your own risk.

Plan B:

Visit the Hull Lifesaving Museum, where you can learn about the region’s lifesaving tradition and maritime history.

Where to Eat Nearby:

A number of options for dining are along the beach.



By: Libby Stockwell Deegear
Posted: 03/24/2014 18:02

It's a nice enough beach, and it beats making the drive down to Cape Cod on the weekend if you just want a beach experience for a day.

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By: kellyspowers
Posted: 05/22/2012 09:33

Our top advice for Nantasket: check the tides! Nantasket is fun for kids, but as an overall beach outing (and if you have a car) we've always sensed you can do better at one of the beaches further away from Boston on either the North Shore (Crane's, Manchester-by-the-Sea) or South Shore (Green Harbor, Humarock) in terms of beating the crowds and enjoying a bit more space with your kids. Nantasket, at low tide, has a lot of space (and lots of other kids to play with!) and the carousel going for it, but pay attention to the tides. At high tide, there is no beach (water comes right up to the sea wall) and it's not worth the trip if high tide falls during your visit, honestly.

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