Our Top Beach Picks for This Summer
With summer approaching and the temperature rising, it’s a great time to head to the beach. Here are some beaches to put on your list to visit this summer!
Roger Wheeler State Beach is located at 100 Sand Hill Cove Road in Narragansett. This is a large beach with many amenities for guests. There are mild waves and a lifeguard on duty from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., making it a great place to bring young children. Kids will also enjoy the beach’s playground. There is a snack bar and picnic tables where you can grab a bite to eat. Restrooms and showers are available for easy clean up before heading home.
Located on Bay Road, Barrington Town Beach is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day. Its season runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The beach has lifeguards, restrooms, and picnic tables. There will be live music on the beach July 8 and 22, and August 12 as part of the 2018 Summer Concert Series.
Misquamicut State Beach is located at 257 Atlantic Avenue in Westerly. A unique feature of this beach is its electric vehicle charging stations where you can charge your car for up to four hours. Lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. here, and there are outside showers for the guests. There are places to purchase food near the beach and it is close to Atlantic Beach Park. It is also known to be a good beach for surfing.
If you’re willing to spend the $2 to cross the Newport Bridge, Easton’s Beach, also known as First Beach, is a great place for some family fun. Located on Memorial Boulevard, this beach has an abundance of recreational offerings. There are large waves, but be sure to leave your boogie boards at home, as there are no flotation devices allowed. Lifeguards and a flag warning system ensure that the guests are safe. Here they have volleyball tournaments, a skateboard park, a carousel, and much more. Visit the beach’s Save the Bay Exploration Center and Aquarium to expand your knowledge on marine life.
A few miles away from First Beach is Sachuest Beach, or Second Beach. The beach is located at 474 Sachuset Point Road in Middletown and has great waves. Surfing is allowed here, and guests can rent boards and take lessons. There are concession stands, grills, and picnic tables where families can enjoy a nice meal. You can also sometimes find a Del’s Lemonade truck parked on the beach. Guests also have access to restrooms, showers, and a changing area.
Oakland Beach in Warwick is a smaller beach that is typically not crowded. It is a great place for families with many restaurants nearby and a playground for children. People also dock their boats at this beach. It is a nice spot to watch the Fourth of July fireworks.
Horseneck Beach, located at 5 John Reed Road in Westport, is open sunrise to sunset every day. Guests can take part in a variety of activities offered by the State Reservation including fishing, windsurfing, motorized and non-motorized boating, and walking and biking trails. The reservation has a campground as well. Horseneck is also home to some rare birds that you may not see anywhere else.
Revere Beach offers multiple activities to its guests. People jet-ski here, and there are also areas to fish for those who are licensed. There are lifeguards on the beach from June to September. You can find free 4-hour parking along Revere Boulevard. Revere Beach is home to the International Sand Sculpting Festival. At the festival, sculptors from around the world compete, creating artwork out of sand. There are also food trucks, music, rides, and fireworks. The festival will be held July 20-22 this year.
Madaket Beach on Pennsylvania Avenue in Nantucket is a very large beach with strong waves. There is a bus service that can take you to and from the beach, and there is also a paved bike path to the beach. This beach has lifeguards and is pet-friendly. The beach tends to get crowded at night, as it is known to be a beautiful place to go and watch the sunset.
Onset Beach in Wareham has a reputation of being clean and having calm waves. It has restrooms and lifeguards on duty. This beach is perfect for swimming and a safe place to bring young children. Kayak and paddle board rentals are also available nearby. There are many different eateries in the area to choose from. It is a nice viewing spot for the Onset-Wareham fireworks in July.
Mayflower beach on Dunes Road in Dennis is very popular among those visiting Cape Cod. One of the most prominent features of this beach is its tides. At low tide, there are many tidal pools and you can walk far along the tidal flats before reaching the water. The beach has lifeguards, public restrooms, a picnic area, and a lot where you can pay to park. The water here is also very shallow, making it safe for guests of all ages.
Marconi Beach in Wellfleet, Cape Cod is a large beach with a historical background. It is where Guglielmo Marconi sent the first radio message across the Atlantic Ocean to the United Kingdom. The large waves make it great for surfing, so be sure to bring your boards. There are areas for those who would like to surf, as well as a designated area for swimming where the water is calmer. The beach has bathrooms and outdoor showers. You may even see some seals out in the water here!
Any of these beaches would be great for a fun day in the sun. Be sure to check out all the different features these beaches have to offer in order to make the most of your summer!
Cassandra is our summer intern at The Reporter. She is a student at Emerson College and is studying Journalism.