Apponagansett Park

Located on Apponagansett Bay just across the bridge from Padanaram Village, Apponagansett Park is a wonderful spot for family outdoor recreation. Bring your kids to this waterfront park any time of year to play, collect shells on the beach, and enjoy the sparkling blue view. And with a public boat ramp and neighboring hiking trail, Apponagansett Park is a gateway to all kinds of outdoor exploration.

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two women and a child looking at a shell by the water at Apponagansett Park in Dartmouth

With calm waters and lots of shells and birds to look at, the sandy beach at Apponagansett Park is perfect for families with small children.

With a sandy beach, picnic area, playground, basketball court, and volleyball court, Apponagansett Park offers a fun day on the water for families of all ages. The beach is situated on the calm shores of Apponagansett Bay and has lifeguards in summer, so it’s perfect for young children to play.

Right next to Apponagansett Park sits the Arthur F. Dias Town Landing, a popular public boat ramp where boaters can launch powerboats, sailboats, and rowboats. You can also launch kayaks and paddleboards from the shore at the town landing.

Want to take a hike? Carefully cross Gulf Road to check out the Knowles Reserve, a Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust (DNRT) property. There, you can go on a short walk through the woods and along a salt marsh that’s teeming with life.

Habitats & Wildlife

The shoreline at Apponagansett Bay is a mix of sandy and rocky areas. It’s a great place to bring kids for a short walk on the beach and look for rocks and shells in the sand. You might even catch a few hermit crabs scurrying along the water’s edge!

Property Owned By
Hours: 9am to 5pm
Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Cost: Fee to park in summer (July 1 through Labor Day): $10/day for residents and nonresidents or $35/year for a resident sticker
Dogs: No
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Food/Concession
Boat Ramp: Yes (asphalt)
Lifeguards: Yes (July 1 through Labor Day, 9am to 5pm)
ADA Accessible: Yes

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
77 Gulf Rd.
Dartmouth, MA 02748
41.584222, -70.954492

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Apponagansett Park
Dartmouth, MA
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Upcoming Events Near Here

Introduction to Stand-Up Paddling
Sat, July 22
9:30AM - 11:30AM
Lloyd Center for the Environment,
Photographing the Night Sky
Sun, July 23
6:30PM - 9:30PM
Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary - Stone Barn Farm,

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Arthur F. Dias Town Landing

The Arthur F. Dias Town Landing provides boaters with easy access to beautiful Apponagansett Bay in South Dartmouth.

Knowles Reserve

Take a short but fascinating walk through a salt marsh and red cedar forest at the Knowles Reserve in Dartmouth.

Frank Knowles/Little River Reserve

Nestled along the Little River in South Dartmouth, this large hiking area is a must-see for outdoor explorers.

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