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My wife and children adored this beach. Parking was affordable with the $5 coupon available with a... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2019
Feeding Hills, Massachusetts
Been stopping by here for years!

Gorgeous little beach tucked into the rocks at Stage Fort Park. Paid parking summer months. The... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2019
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts
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Stage Fort Park, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

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....More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 2, 2019

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank misterclean6
Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

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

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank Sonny_circumvehor
Reviewed May 7, 2019

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!

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank 416soniar
Reviewed February 4, 2019

Half moon is a small, rocky beach with a view of the nearby castle. It’s an alright spot. There is parking and trash cans and a park of sorts. I went in the off-season and there was nearly nobody there.

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Dman33405
Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank Sharron S
Reviewed August 1, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
9  Thank loanmil
Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

The beach front is small with a lifeguard. There is a short walk from the parking lot step way down to the shore. The sand was scattered in seaweed and trash debris from the day. I would not recommend coming here for a full beach...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lastlightglow
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

This was a good picnic spot but there isn't a lot of beach. It was a lot of fun to explore though and had a great playground. Their are no waves and a lot of seaweed but it was still a nice inlet. In the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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July 5, 2019|
Response from karen j |
Ten dollars
July 22, 2018|
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Response from M_Freedley | Reviewed this property |
The Stage Fort Park is free (Half moon Beach Is on the premises). Parking is ten dollars.