Labor Day Beach Getaways

No Labor Day Weekend plans yet? No sweat (ha!) – thanks to Watertown’s killer location, there are lots of amazing beach destinations around MA that you can get to in a few hours or less, no overnight stay required. Some are even reachable without a car – we’ll start with those first:

  • South Boston’s Carson Beach might not have Cape Cod ambiance, but it’s a super-easy getaway, just minutes away. You’ll have great views of the Boston skyline, and can hop on the Harbor Walk all the way to JFK Library if you’re up for it! There’s plenty of free parking along William J Day Blvd if you do choose to drive; otherwise grab the Red Line to JFK/UMass and walk the short stretch along Morrissey Blvd. 

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  • If you feel like getting to out on the open water, hop the ferry at Boston’s Long Wharf to Spectacle Island, the only island in Boston Harbor with a sandy beach and lifeguards on duty. The highest land point in the harbor, it offers spectacular views of the city and water, along with 5 miles of walking trails and great access to kayaking.

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  • Want to hit up the gorgeous North Shore beaches without the parking hassle? Manchester-By-The-Sea’s Singing Beach is accessible by commuter rail with a 15-minute walk from the station to its shoreline. Its spectacular scenery makes the minor trek worth it – and so does the surprisingly good food they serve up at the Singing Beach Canteen. Ditch the cooler and order up some of their sandwiches instead. $5 walk-on fee through October.


  • If you’re craving Cape Cod shores but can’t handle the bridge traffic, get yourself to South Station and hop on the CapeFLYER summer weekend passenger train. No reservations are needed, and they even add extra coaches on holiday weekends. CapeFLYER will get you as far as Buzzards Bay or Hyannis, and has partnered with UBER to get you all the way to your beach of choice. New users get a free first ride up to $25 – sign us up!

 (photo courtesy of the Boston Globe)