Visiting Massachusetts’ Nantasket Beach

With its lively atmosphere, a historic carousel, and convenient location close to Boston, Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts should be on every Bay State boater’s radar.

One of New England’s most beautiful beaches, Nantasket Beach offers visitors more than just sand and waves. It has plenty of dining options, as well as a marina that makes it easily accessible for boaters.

Boaters visiting the area can dock at Steamboat Wharf Marina (781-925-0044), located in the southern end of the Weir River. The marina’s dock is configured for boats from 18 to 50 feet, with daily rates of $2.50 per foot. The marina also offers separate rates for visits of less than 4 hours ($10 per hour for dinghies; $15 per hour for boats under 30’; $20 per hour for boats 30’ to 39’; $30 per hour for boats 40’ to 49’). The head of the pier can accommodate vessels up to 120 feet.

No visit to the beach is complete without a ride on the Paragon Carousel. Built in 1928, it is one of the country’s oldest wooden horse carousels, with hand-carved horses and 2 Roman chariots. The carousel was saved when its home in the former Paragon Park was closed in the 1980s. Today, it is the centerpiece of the DCR Reservation on Nantasket Beach.

The beach also has plenty of other attractions. The nearby Dream Machine arcade offers Skee Ball and the latest video games. Nantasket Mini Golf is also nearby.

Plenty of dining options can be found close to the beach. Barefoot Bob’s Beach Grill (781-925-2007), located across from the beach, offers fresh seafood, barbecue ribs, sandwiches and more. Jakes Seafood Restaurant (781-925-1024), which has been around since 1949, specializes in seafood. And the Red Parrot (781-925-1115), boasts great views of the beach from a roof top deck, live entertainment and a Sunday brunch.

To learn more about visiting Nantasket Beach, visit www.hullchamber.com.