Quincy Shores Reservation: Wollaston Beach
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Quincy Shore Drive, Quincy, MA
Hours:Dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Free

wollastonbeach.org; 617-727-5290

Bathrooms: At the bathhouse (located opposite the beach, open July through September)
Water/Snacks: Water fountains along Quincy Shore Drive

USGS Boston South

Minutes from Boston, Wollaston Beach is a summertime family favorite.

Kids love digging in the sandy Wollaston Beach, building sand castles before the tide comes in.
Photo by: Jerry and Marcy Monkman

Wollaston Beach is part of the Quincy Shore Reservation. The 2.3-mile beach, which is supervised by lifeguards in summer, is a family favorite. You can easily spend all day here. If you need a break from the beach, it’s definitely worth checking out Caddy Memorial Park and Moswetuset Hummock, also part of the reservation.

Caddy Park, on the southern end of the beach, has a play area, a lookout tower, picnic tables, and 15 acres of fields and marsh. Around the play area, large rocks engraved with interesting nature facts offer impromptu lessons. Kids can learn about estuaries, salt marshes, gray squirrels, and more. On the northern end, Moswetuset Hummock, a National Historic Site, is the former summer campsite of American Indians during the 1600s. A short loop trail here leads to the beach.

The Friends of Wollaston Beach (wollastonbeach.org) hold a number of events, such as kite-flying contests and ice cream socials. Visit their website for a schedule.

Remember: If you plan to stay on the beach, bring an umbrella and plenty of water.

Plan B:

Castle Island (Trip 6) is just minutes away and is a great place to watch planes taking off from and landing at Logan Airport.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Several clam shacks are along Quincy Shore Drive.



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By: Libby Stockwell Deegear
Posted: 03/24/2014 17:57

I'm probably biased, because I lived in Wollaston, and I loved having the beach and marshes close by.  It's lots of fun to come here in the evenings, get some ice cream and walk along the beach.

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By: Chalu4
Posted: 05/30/2012 08:41
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By: kellyspowers
Posted: 05/22/2012 09:28

Wollaston is a great spot for a quick walk along the water, but we've never used it as a destination for longer outings. The beach is flat and the sidewalk running the length of it makes for a nice, easy stroller walk/jog and the beach typically has plenty of space to play in the sand. I've always been under the impression that water quality can be an issue here so don't often consider this a great swimming option. On the plus side, the Clam Box and Tony's, across Quincy Shore Drive from the beach, offer great fried seafood options for a nice lunch or dinner outing (with outdoor seating) combined with a walk on the beach. This is a fun, easy outing in the summer, though parking can be tight during peak hours on gorgeous summer nights or on summer weekends; also Quincy Shore Drive gets pretty busy (and moves slowly) during rush hour and/or peak beach visitation hours, so expect some slow traffic if you're in your car.

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