4 Fun Boston Beaches to Explore this Summer

The water and sand at Carson Beach, with a distant view of land at the other side of the harbor
Carson Beach, one of Boston’s wonderful beaches

August is National Beach Month, so today we’re going to highlight some of our favorite Boston beaches! Located in the heart of downtown, Emerson is just a short train ride or drive away from these beautiful beaches. 

1. Constitution Beach

A hidden gem of East Boston, Constitution Beach is a great place to get away. This beach is located off of the MBTA Blue Line, plus there’s free parking in the lot if you’d rather drive. Fully equipped with a playground, open field, tennis courts, baseball field, and basketball courts, there’s an activity for everyone at Constitution Beach. The beach is free to the public and is staffed with lifeguards in the summer months. Come any time between dawn and dusk to bask in the sun, swim, and watch planes take off from the nearby Logan International Airport.

2. Carson Beach, M Street Beach, and L Street Beach

All located along the same 3-mile stretch in South Boston, Carson Beach, M Street Beach, and L Street Beach are great options for a summer day. 

Easily accessible from the Red Line, Carson Beach looks out onto the harbor. With a lovely view of the Boston skyline, Carson beach offers plenty of room for walking, swimming, or laying on the beach for a tan. 

Just a six minute walk from one another, L Street Beach and M Street Beach are also local favorites. Both beaches are great for roller blading, swimming, biking, or games on the sand. 

3. Pleasure Bay

Just around the corner from Carson, M Street, and L Street beaches is Pleasure Bay. Another expansive beach in Southie, Pleasure Bay is a wonderful place to get away. If you’re a seafood lover, Sullivan’s is just a 12 minute walk from the beach. Or, you might explore the parks next to the beach, including Evans Field and the Lago Playground

Explore the map above to see how close Carson Beach, M Street Beach, and L Street Beach are.

4. Cape Cod

Looking for a weekend getaway? Cape Cod is just 1-2 hours from Boston by train, bus, or car. Open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the CapeFLYER is a passenger train that runs from South Station to Hyannis on weekends. If trains aren’t your speed or you’re looking to go during the week, you can always take the bus to the cape. Or, if you’re hoping to get on the water as soon as possible, you might take the ferry.

Any one of these Boston beaches is a great way to get away and cool off this summer. For more ideas of what to do this summer in Boston, check out our blogs about Boston tips and activities. Be sure to leave a comment below with your favorite summer activity in Boston!

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Olivia is a second-year student in Emerson's Communication Disorders MS program. Originally from Ohio, she is loving Emerson and city life. When she's not writing for the Grad Life blog, she loves to read, bake, and crochet.

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