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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