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Address: Thatcher Rd., Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone Number: 978-281-9790
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Picnicking
Description: This picturesque curved white-sandy beach with a lazy rolling surf is a...
This picturesque curved white-sandy beach with a lazy rolling surf is a favorite among Gloucester residents and visitors.
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dune buggy wheelchair

My father cannot walk very well and not at all on sand. The city of Gloucester has dune buggy wheeled chairs for free checkout at the beach. This let us bring dad down to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland, Ohio
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52 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

My father cannot walk very well and not at all on sand. The city of Gloucester has dune buggy wheeled chairs for free checkout at the beach. This let us bring dad down to the the water edge and he could put his legs in the ocean A rare, and possibly last time that he will get to do this.... More 

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Albany, New York
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, clean beach! Get to the parking lot no later than 9am to ensure a spot! I'll never go to the Jersey Shore again!

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NYC, United States
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Something for everyone, surfing, lazy river, sand, sun in a little spot within a small neighborhood. Parking fees are high and you can't park on the street, but that keeps the crowds away, which is well worth it. Delightful !!

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Boston, MA
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31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Speactacular beach - clear water and sand - it has an island that you can walk and hike to. Beach is open until 8:00 p.m. but bathrooms are only open until 6:00 Staff needs to be more educated as they close the bathroom door in my friends face and did not even say sorry.

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is such a fun beach, huge waves for body surfing and riding boogie boards. You can also float the tide into and out of the river as it changes. Saw a seal there about five years ago. Definitely the hands down favorite of the five beaches we went to.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

This beach has something for everyone. There is a drop off spot in a section not near the parking lot that provides access to the beach via a pedestrian bridge. At low tide, there is a channel under the bridge which is great place for children to play. It is also a great area to learn to snorkel. On the... More 

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London, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We went for the day with our son, his wife and our grandchildren (5 & 7yr.). The water was quite chilly, but once you get used to it, it was fine. The kids had new boogie boards and we all tried them out...the waves were perfect! The beach is soft sand and the water stays shallow quite a way out...good... More 

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Rotterdam, New York
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 via mobile

This is a clean beach with sufficient bathrooms, but it gets very crowded during the summer months. Also, when I left my spot for a few minutes, my beach neighbor told me a seagull had stolen my snack. Apparently, it went into my bag and pulled out an entire apple!

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Asuncion, Paraguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

If you go after 4pm you will very likely not have to pay an entrance fee. The showers stay open until about 5 or 6, so you can have a nice rinse off. The beach is beautiful, especially down by the river side.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Well maintained beach with magnificent view of the surrounding area. My wife and I have been going annually during the past 35 years.

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