Best time to visit Boston

Beach Season in Boston

If you don't mind frigid waters, you can enjoy a nice beach weekend

Best time: mid-May–mid-September

Beach Season
Beach Season
Beach Season

The city of Boston offers a range of swimmable beaches with only one drawback—chilly water. Castle Island is considered the best option on the southern waterfront. ​The name Pleasure Bay speaks for itself. The area boasts a fishing pier, a star-shaped fort which is interesting to explore, and Boston Logan Airport is just across the harbour which means one may caress in the sun and leisurely observe planes constantly taking off and landing. Apart from Boston itself, New England boasts a range of scenic beaches located just an hour drive from the city. Crane Beach in Ipswich, for instance, is listed among top 10 beach destinations in the USA. Gloucester's Good Harbor Beach is famous for its unique waterway leading to Salt Island and during the low tide one may walk across the sea to the very island. Other famous beaches include Revere Beach also known as America's first public bea​ch, and Wollaston Beach in Quincy. The season stretches from mid-May through mid-September.

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When is the ideal time for swimming in Boston beaches?

Swimming in Boston beaches is best from mid-May to mid-September when temperatures average about 25°C. Boston waters are quite chilly, so summer months are preferred. Show more

Where is Castle Island situated?

Castle Island is a historical location that lies on Boston's southern waterfront, and has been a military fort since the 17th century. It is surrounded on all sides by water and is a picturesque spot for a relaxing day out under the sun. It’s 20 minutes driving distance from downtown Boston. Show more

What are the other scenic beaches that visitors can enjoy near Castle Island?

Visitors can explore other nearby beaches when they visit Boston. Crane Beach in Ipswich is a notable destination an hour’s drive from Boston, and is famed for its clear waters and scenic dunes. Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester has a unique waterway leading to Salt Island, and it also offers activities such as fishing, sandcastles, and surfing. Wollaston Beach in Quincy and Revere Beach are also popular and easily accessible beaches. Show more

What are the defining features of Good Harbor Beach?

Good Harbor Beach is an ideal destination for visitors seeking unique experiences. During low tide, visitors can walk on sea water leading to Salt Island. The beach is also perfect for fishing, sandcastle building and surfing, making it an enjoyable day trip for both young ones and adults. Lifeguards are present for visitors’ safety while exploring the landscape and basking in the sun's rays. Show more

What is the story behind Revere Beach being labeled the nation's first public beach?

Revere Beach holds the distinction of being the first public beach in America and was opened in 1896. It became wildly popular for its atmosphere akin to a carnival, complete with amusement park, dance halls, and casino. The beach hosted numerous beauty contests, sand sculpting competitions and clam bakes. With the passage of time, the beach's glitter faded, but visitors can still enjoy kite-flying and sunbathing near the historic ruins. Show more

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