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Historic Hull, Massachusetts, more commonly known as Nantasket Beach, is located just 20 miles south east of Boston. A little community that has something for everyone, Nantasket Beach comprises the eastward half of a seven-mile peninsula, and with more than 2.5 miles of beach it has been a popular summer destination for city dwellers since the middle of the 19th century.
Nantasket Beach has the double advantage of being within a stone's throw of Boston and having more local points of interest than almost any other shoreline in the Boston area. Consequently, Nantasket can be extremely crowded when the weather is nice, so it is important to get there early.
The beach is almost three miles long, and is visited by people of all age groups and categories. You will find young surfers here right next to groups of senior citizens and families with very small children. It makes for a delightful and interesting mix.
Within easy walking distance from Nantasket Beach is Hull, a tourist-oriented town with many good restaurants and places of interest. Among its attractions are the Paragon Carousel built in 1928, and the Hull Lifesaving Museum, which opened in 1889 as a life-saving station. This museum features exhibits on lighthouses, storms and life saving history. Each July, Hull celebrates Joshua James Heritage Days, honoring the town's life-saving past. Hull's other attractions include Fort Revere, which is located at the top of the Telegraph Hill and dates back to 1775. Fort Revere is the scene of free public concerts and Shakespearean plays during summer evenings. Also, throughout the summer live band performances are held at the Bernie King Bandstand.
Only about half an hour from downtown Boston, Nantasket Beach has the same sea, sand and sun as Cape Cod, but city dwellers don't have to spend three hours roasting in a car to get there.
Things To Do:
Hull Lifesaving Museum
Shops, and eateries around the beach.
Miles of fine sand and ocean swimming. Lifeguards on duty late June - early September. Modern bathhouse facilities.
Lifeguards on duty late June - early September.
By car, take I-93 South to Route 3 South. Follow Route 3 to Route 228. You can also take the MBTA to Nantasket: ride the red line to Quincy and then take the Nantasket bus to the beach.
The Red Parrot - oceanfront dining with
a Caribbean motif on Nantasket Beach
The Healthy Indulgence Boardwalk Cafe, on 205 Nantasket Avenue, serves some of the best frozen yogurt around