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Boston Beaches Accessible by Rail / MBTA

Boston's Best Beaches: Sun, Sand, and Train AccessBoston Beaches Accessible by Rail  MBTA

When it comes to summer fun in Boston, nothing beats a day at the beach. While the city is known for its rich history and bustling urban life, many are surprised to discover that Boston is also home to several beautiful beaches.

What's even better? Many of these sandy shores are easily accessible by train, making them perfect destinations for a day trip or weekend getaway. So grab your sunscreen and beach towel as we explore some of the best beaches in Boston that you can reach by train.

Revere Beach - Revere

Just a short ride on the MBTA Blue Line from downtown Boston, Revere Beach is the perfect urban escape for beach lovers. Known as America's first public beach, Revere Beach boasts a wide expanse of golden sand, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beach volleyball. Plus, with plenty of eateries and amenities nearby, including Kelly's Roast Beef, you can easily spend the whole day soaking up the sun and enjoying the ocean breeze.

Revere Beach is accessible via the MBTA Blue Line, get off at the "Revere Beach" station.


Carson Beach - Boston

Located in South Boston and accessible via the MBTA Red Line, Carson Beach offers stunning views of the Boston skyline and the Harbor Islands. With its sandy shores, grassy picnic areas, and walking trails, Carson Beach is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. Whether you're looking to take a dip in the refreshing waters or enjoy a leisurely stroll along the shore, Carson Beach has something for everyone.

Carson Beach is accessible via the MBTA Red Line, get off at the "JFK/UMass" station.

Constitution Beach - Boston

Situated in East Boston and accessible via the MBTA Blue Line, Constitution Beach is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This family-friendly beach features calm waters, lifeguards on duty during the summer months, and a playground for the little ones. Additionally, the nearby Belle Isle Marsh Reservation offers scenic walking trails and birdwatching opportunities, making it a perfect spot for nature lovers.

Constitution Beach is accessible via the MBTA Blue Line, get off at the "Orient Heights" station.

Nahant and Lynn Shore Beaches

Among the northernmost beaches accessible by T are the Nahant, Lynn, and King’s Beaches—all part of the Lynn Shore & Nahant Beach Reservation. More than four miles of public waterfront provide a welcome escape from the city’s heat. 

Flat, zero entry waters with gentile rolling waves are welcome places for families with small children.  You’ll find ball fields and racquetball and tennis courts near the Lynnway Rotary and a tot lot at Ward Bathhouse. Find a map of the beaches here.

By the T: To reach Nahant Beach, take the Blue Line to Wonderland and then a Route 439 bus to Nahant Rd. opposite Wilson Rd. For Lynn Beach and King’s Beach, take the Blue Line to Wonderland, then take a Route 441 or 442 bus to Broad St. @ Nahant St. and walk for about eight minutes.

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Nantasket Beach - Hull

While not directly in Boston, Nantasket Beach in Hull is easily accessible by the MBTA Commuter Rail from South Station. Just a short walk from the train station, Nantasket Beach stretches for nearly three miles along the shores of Massachusetts Bay. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing, as well as exploring the nearby shops, restaurants, and historic carousel on Nantasket Avenue.

Nantasket Beach is accessible via the MBTA Commuter Rail's Greenbush Line, get off at the "Nantasket Junction" station. From there, it's a short walk to the beach.

Wollaston Beach - Quincy

Located in Quincy and accessible via the MBTA Red Line, Wollaston Beach offers a picturesque setting for a day by the sea. With its smooth sands, gentle waves, and panoramic views of Boston Harbor, Wollaston Beach is a popular destination for beachgoers of all ages. Be sure to stroll along the Wollaston Beach Boardwalk and grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby seafood restaurants for the full experience.

Wollaston Beach is accessible via the MBTA Red Line, get off at the "Wollaston" station.

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From Revere Beach to Nantasket Beach, Boston offers a variety of sandy shores just waiting to be explored. And with convenient train access, getting to these seaside destinations has never been easier.

Whether you're looking for a quick escape from the city or planning a weekend getaway, be sure to add these train-accessible beaches to your summer bucket list. So pack your beach bag, hop on the train, and get ready for a day of sun, sand, and seaside fun in Boston.

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~~~~Stacey Sao

Stacey Sao has been the Managing Director of the family-friendly events and activities website, BostonCentral for over 20 years.  She continues to enjoy discovering and exploring new places to visit in the Greater Boston area.