New England is famous for it’s access to miles of pristine coastline. From Maine to Connecticut, there are plenty of maritime hotspots to enjoy with the whole family.
While some beaches are better for crabbing and cliff exploring, others are perfect for seal-watching and lighthouse touring. Some beaches even have it all!
Find your ideal New England adventure by exploring one of these beaches. All you need is sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a towel!
Hammonassett Beach State Park, Connecticut
As Connecticut’s largest beach open to the public, Hammonassett Beach State Park is the perfect choice for families. Nature lovers will fawn over the hundreds of grassy campsites to stay and play, while couples will enjoy nearby Water’s Edge Resort & Spa for a relaxing retreat. Stroll the calming white sands of Long Island Sound, explore the boardwalk, and take a quick dip. The Meigs Point Nature Center is a must for families with children!
Marconi Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
While Cape Cod has dozens of wonderful beaches to choose from, Marconi Beach is one of the best. Lofty grass-covered dunes provide plenty of shelter on hot days, creating the perfect escape from the city. The Atlantic Ocean views are outstanding considering the coastline is a protected Ocean Sanctuary, so be sure to bring your camera- especially because Marconi Beach is a popular hangout for seals!
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket, Massachusetts
For a quintessential New England beach experience, head to Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge on the island of Nantucket. Complete with a historic lighthouse, white sand beaches, charming dunes, and miles of beach, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is a one-stop-shop for summertime fun. And that’s not to mention the best part! The Great Point riptide is a favorite feeding spot for gray and harbor seals.
Wells Beach, Maine
Wells, Maine is the third oldest city in the state, which is why it’s beach is iconic for New Englanders. The rocky inlets provide wonderful shallow pools for children to play while parents relax on the beach nearby. Pathways lead up through the cliffs, giving a splendid panorama of Maine’s ancient coastline. Visitors love to search the tide pools for crabs and starfish, as well as peruse the locals restaurants and shops for a few souvenirs!
Seabrook Beach, New Hampshire
With everything from sand dunes to flowing sea grass, Seabrook Beach on the border of New Hampshire and Massachusetts is an easy escape from the city. It’s quaint, long, and sandy, which is all you need for a weekend away! You can even explore the surrounding dunes to get in a bit of exercise while you rest.
Created by Mandy Burkholder