Four Beaches Within One Hour of Watertown

As the temperature gauge hits the 90s on a regular basis, it’s hard not to imagine yourself laying on the beach. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend an afternoon by the water without having to drive several hours? Lucky for us Greater Boston folks, there are several beaches you can get to from Watertown in an hour or less (assuming traffic isn’t a mess, ‘cause you know, #lifesabeach).

Here are four great options: 

Revere Beach, Revere, MA (approx. 19 miles away)

If you love to walk the shore during sunset with your toes in the water, Revere Beach is an excellent destination for you! With three miles of sand, beautiful views, calm waters, and fresh air, you’ll barely realize you’re just a few miles from the city. It’s a good break from the daily hustle and bustle and easily accessible from the Blue Line. While you’re at it, be sure to grab a sandwich from Kelly’s Roast Beef to get the true Revere Beach experience. More information on “America’s First Beach” can be found here.

Reservoir Beach, Arlington, MA (approx. 5 miles away)

The reservoir is a great place to take a freshwater swim! The beach has a concession stand, a bathhouse, lifeguards on duty, and a playground, making it an easy place to spend the day. Reservoir Beach is only open for a couple more weeks, closing for the season on August 16th! Get more information here.

Carson Beach, South Boston, MA (approx. 12 miles)

This beach is perfect for those who like to get active before taking a dip in the ocean. Carson Beach is part of the Harbor Walk, so there is a paved path to walk, run, and bike along. There are even nets to play volleyball and kayaks for rent if you’re not one to lounge under the umbrella all day! The beach is accessible from the Red Line, is near Castle Island, and has free parking, which is always a treat. Find more information here.

 Nantasket Beach, Hull, MA (approx. 28 miles)

Alright, alright. If you’re a true Bostonian, you’re probably reading this and thinking, “YEA RIGHT, not with our traffic!” And you may be right. But let’s just pretend driving in the City of Champions isn’t always a total nightmare, and that you’d be hitting the road during off-peak hours. Nantasket Beach is one of the busier options in the Greater Boston area, but for good reason. The beach is flat and expansive, includes a mile of Atlantic shoreline, and when it’s low tide, there are acres of tide pools to relax in. With volleyball, a playground, a bathhouse, and a historical carousel surrounding this stretch of silvery sand, you can truly make a day of it. Learn more about Nantasket Beach here.

Veteran’s Memorial Swimming Pool, Cambridge, MA

If you are looking for a way to cool down without the drive, there’s also the highly rated Veteran’s Memorial Swimming Pool, located right down the street on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. The pool is large and clean with clear blue water; and best of all, it’s free. So what are you waiting for? Summer will be over before we know it. It’s time to cool off and enjoy our last month in the sun!