Half Moon Beach
Half Moon Beach
4.5

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Janice H
3 contributions
My husband and I took our nieces to this beach last summer. It's a great little beach tucked away and easy to miss. The day we went it wasn't too crowded and the parking was reasonable. I suggest brining a grill or your own food. There is a place to get food, but it wasn't that great. It's a bit rocky, so I suggest brining beach shoes so you can walk around. The park is beautiful.
Written June 30, 2020
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Loanmi L
Lawrence, MA165 contributions
Family
We first discovered half moon in 2004 visiting the Hammond Castle; and then going to Stage Fort Park after; the beach has a lot of algea and the water is COLD - but it has a lot of rocks and greens and it's an excellent place for photos. My kids don't mind the cold so they enjoy the water when they go; there is a lifeguard there; and the bathrooms are always clean.
My favorite part of this beach are the benches for picnic; we usually go with family and friends to stay the day; this year my friend got pizza at Sebastian's close to there and it was great. Excellent way to spend a summer day with little ones.
Parking is $15 unless you find a meter and walk a bit. There is also a mini snack shack if you want to buy food there rather than bring your own.
Written August 1, 2018
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Sonia R
San Antonio, TX21 contributions
Nice place to take a stroll and to take in the view! Good place to relax and enjoy the beach. I will be back to visit again soon!
Written May 7, 2019
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Jacob
3 contributions
Family
How are you letting this happen around here?? This beautiful once quaint and clean beach has now been vandalized! Can’t even go there anymore with my children it has gotten so bad! Someone must put a stop to this! Vans packed with 12-20 people in them letting out and taking over! They have no respect for the park or anyone in it-they come for the day, blast music and leave all their trash and used coals and broken glass EVERYWHERE!! Please Gloucester put the brakes on this OR you will ruin your tourism revenue as well! We are locals and loyal:)
Written January 1, 2020
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RoGo
Boston, MA426 contributions
Family
Lots of paid parking space available. Very rocky beach with no lifeguards. No shade so bring an umbrella. Roadhouse eatery nearby but the food is substandard. Suggest you bring your own snacks. Ice cream stall next to it is great. Lovely views from the top.
Written October 1, 2019
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misterclean6
Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA49 contributions
Gorgeous little beach tucked into the rocks at Stage Fort Park. Paid parking summer months. The beach gets a little small at high tide but still worth the stop. Also, there are public restrooms in the main building. Last, there is an incredible bike race here in the falls including pros from all over the world.
Written July 2, 2019
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Sharron S
North Reading, MA47 contributions
Family
Very lovely spot. Plenty of parking, paid $10 for the day. Nice bathrooms and there was a large playground. My children are older and enjoyed climbing on the rocks—there were a ton. It is a small cove, set off and protected area. Good place to bring little kids. They also had outdoor foot showers to wash sand off your feet.
Written August 21, 2018
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joppyindians
Gloucester, MA4 contributions
Family
Half Moon Beach is a perfect little Sandy Cresent beach in the heart of Gloucester . In a hidden secluded area of Stage Fort Park . You can see the boats sailing out of the harbor . When my daughter comes back home to visit , she absolutely loves this beach. It is perfect for her little children to play in the shallow water & sand. There are no big breakers to knock them over & there are trees to shade you . Located not far from the parking lot . It is located right in back of Tablet Rock. There is a slanted walkway down to the beach which maybe difficult for the handicapped .
Written December 7, 2016
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makebassnotwar
Feeding Hills, MA8 contributions
Family
My wife and children adored this beach. Parking was affordable with the $5 coupon available with a stay at the cape Ann marina resort, total of $10 to park after coupon. Also fun hiking paths with stone stairs, a shop with hot dogs and icecream. Water was stunningly clear, so visibly you could see hermit crabs walking on the ocean floor and reach in and grab them. Bathrooms a 2 min walk frontthe beach with showers and a brand new playground with plenty of trees to sheild you from the sun.
Written August 2, 2019
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Sonny_circumvehor
Toledo, OH1,233 contributions
Couples
Calm the day we were there.. but it's nothing awesome..just a small beach don't expect to much.. parking i can imagine could be hit or miss
Written June 15, 2019
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