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Half Moon Beach

Address: Stage Fort Park, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Ranked #24 of 42 things to do in Gloucester
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Hudson, New Hampshire
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98 reviews 98 reviews
8 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This beach is small but framed by giant rock outcrops. My sister-in-law is a swimmer and she absolutely loved it. Very pretty.

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New Castle, PA
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61 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Stopped here. Paid $10 for parking and they weren't collecting when we left (which was less than an hour later). Beach was too rocky for us to enjoy and smelled a little funny. My daughter played at the playground a little bit before we left.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

My husband and I unfortunately hit traffic coming from western mass. but this beach was almost empty when we arrived and since it was around 4:30, there was no charge for parking. The bathrooms close at 5:45 p.m. so be aware of that. It is beautiful here, the sand is soft, and the cove is picturesque. Also a nice playground... More 

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Winchester, MA
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great LITTLE beach; great value. Parking is $10-15 vs. $25 at the more popular spots. Decent bathrooms, playground, gentle waves as it's Gloucester Harbor. My daughter loves it. Feels great to turn right to Fort Stage, when all the traffic is turning left for Good Harbor.

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Staten Island, New York
13 reviews 13 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

A must! Beautiful quiet, secluded! Definitely check it out Very scenic. Bring a picnic, water is clean

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85 reviews 85 reviews
59 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

I love this beach. It's a small beach located behind the Information center. The sand has very interesting color. You don't need to go especialy for the beach, you can take the kids to the playground, take a small hike on the rocks nearby or just enjoy the views from the fort, where the cannons are located. This is a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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192 reviews 192 reviews
30 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

We enjoyed our recent visit to this wonder beach. Location, scenery and water were superb. We were pleasantly surprised by the water temperature (perfect) and rich scenery! We loved it!

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Natick, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

We tried to go recently to Wingaersheek beach. It was full by 9:30 a.m. Someone was smart and posted a person at the head of the very narrow twisty road to the beach to head people off. He directed us to this beach. It was great! Yes, there was seaweed in the water, but that makes great sand castle decorations.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

Love, love this beach! Great for families with small children! The water is mostly calm, except for when big boats pass by, but the waves don't get very big. The beach is tiny and has a lot of hermit crabs, great for the kids to explore. There is shade from the trees hanging off the hill, so you have the... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

We recently spent a day in Gloucester and made the walk to Half Moon Beach. It was a very pleasant and shady beach and worth the walk.

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