Wide, sandy Gray Gables Beach is nestled in a residential neighborhood on the Cape Cod side of Bourne. It’s a great spot for town residents to enjoy an afternoon of swimming and playing in the sand. In the summer, kids can enjoy jumping into the cool water from a floating dock moored just offshore. From shore, you can launch a kayak, paddleboard, or small boat into this protected cove along the Cape Cod Canal.
Gray Gables is also a nice place to start a scenic bike ride out to Mashnee Island. It’s a three-mile ride to the island and back – a perfect leisurely ride for a clear autumn morning.
Habitats & Wildlife
For some interesting shoreline discovery with your family, explore the natural area at the southern edge of Gray Gables Beach. Kids will get a kick out of finding crabs, fish, and other creatures in this mix of marsh, sand, and shallow water.
Just beyond the beach, many large ships and barges travel through the Cape Cod Canal between Buzzards Bay and Boston. The canal is also a corridor for wildlife, from harbor seals to striped bass. Keep an eye on the sky, and you’ll spy ducks, gulls, and ospreys.