212 Nantasket Ave, Hull, MA 02045, USA
Owned By: Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)
This pleasant sandy beach is open to the public. It can get quite busy in the summertime! It features a long stretch of shoreline, a 1-mile paved/concrete walking path, plus such amenities as shade structures, the Mary Jeanette Murray Bath House, and the Jack Phillips Park playground.
Hull was settled by Europeans in 1624, and referred to as the Nantasket Peninsula. It was incorporated as a town in 1644. In 1818, after steamboats began transporting passengers from Rowe’s Wharf in Boston to Nantasket Beach, Hull became a popular tourist destination. William Worrick’s Sportsman Hotel was established in 1825, with several others to follow. Railroads and trolleys soon increased the area’s accessibility.
In 1905, Paragon Park, a 10-acre amusement park, was established across the street from the beach. A carousel was added in 1928. While the park was closed permanently in 1984, the carousel was maintained as a historic site. It is open seasonally.
This land is within the region of the Massachuseuk (or Massachusett) Native American tribe. According to the United States Geologic Survey, the word “Nantasket” can be translated as “place of low ebb tide.”
Plenty of beach to walk upon. Some sections are rocky. A 1-mile paved/concrete walking path extends along the beach.
Habitats and Wildlife
Nantasket Beach is located directly on the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking Massachusetts Bay.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Lifeguards: Lifeguards in season.
Size: 26.5 acres, 1 mile of shoreline
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Large parking lot. Daily parking fees May 14 to Labor Day: MA residents $15 / Non-MA residents $40
Cost: Free (parking may require a fee)
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Pavilion, shade structures, playground, volleyball court, bathhouse, restrooms, benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks, dining fountains. Beach wheelchairs available. 1-mile paved/concrete walking path.
Dogs: No dogs allowed from April to mid-September. Dogs must remain on leash. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: Yes
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Massachusetts Bay / Atlantic Ocean