Forget the holidays—summer is the most magical time of the year in these Boston suburbs.
Whether you’re itching to flop on the beach and soak up the rays or prefer the seafoam spray of boat life, you’re sure to find it in these Boston suburbs that were practically made for summering.
While Sherborn is favored for its small-town feel and exceptional Dover-Sherborn school system, our favorite thing about the town is anything involving Farm Pond. And don’t let the term “pond” fool you—it’s really a 124-acre treasure trove of beaches, fishing and other fun activities for the whole family.
Swimming is allowed year-round at the Town Beach on Lake Street, though lifeguards are only on duty from early June through late August. The lake boasts swim lessons, a swim team, the Sherborn Yacht Club, Fourth of July festivities, a Sand Sculpture Contest and much more. Non-residents must apply for access via a lottery.
A quintessential seaside small town, Cohasset is located at the tip of the South Shore where the Boston Harbor meets the Massachusetts Bay. The commute is easy—take the commuter rail which stops in town, or take the Boat from neighboring town Hingham. Most of the coastline is rocky, but locals don’t mind because the Sandy Beach House has everything avid beachgoers want and more… restrooms and changing areas, lifeguards, wi-fi, water bottle-filling stations and plenty of beautiful for-residents-only beach space!
If you love the perks of city living—think easy commuting, A+ arts and culture and amazing ethnic fare—but are pining for coastal living, Beverly (specifically Beverly Farms) is a great spot to explore. Residents enjoy fishing, boating and unwinding along miles of beachfront acreage on the North Shore, plus the neighborhood’s private West Beach.
Open from Memorial Day to Labor. Day, the Beach has ample space for swimming, BBQing, volleyball, fireworks on the Fourth of July and more.
Stunning scenic vistas, charming seaside cottages, seven beaches and countless coves and island brimming with wildlife make Manchester-By-The-Sea a dream come true for families in the toasty summer months. A local favorite for families is Singing Beach, located about one mile from downtown and named for its beautiful sand that turns iridescent as the sun sets. Parking is for residents only from Labor Day through October 15.
Whether you prefer the sand between your toes or the salty air whipping your hair from atop a boat, you’ll find exactly what makes your heart sing in Marblehead. A hub for sailing, boating, fishing and kayaking, Marblehead has several tony yacht clubs and fantastic beaches.
Devereux Beach has tons of shady pavilions, picnic areas, restrooms, a restaurant and almost six acres of waterfront digs, making it a favorite among families. Grace Oliver Beach and Stramski’s Beach are also awesome!
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