Gray Gables Beach

Gray Gables Beach was a favorite of President Grover Cleveland during his visits to Bourne in the 1800s. Today, this big, sandy town beach remains popular with local residents thanks to its cozy neighborhood vibe and interesting views of ships on the Cape Cod Canal.

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Features

People beneath a beach umbrella look out at a boat in the Cape Cod Canal from Gray Gables Beach in Bourne

Gray Gables Beach features interesting views of the Cape Cod Canal, as well as a sandy beach and floating dock for kids to play on in the summer.

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 osprey.

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Details
Hours: Dawn to dusk
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Cost: Town beach parking sticker required ($25 for residents, $15 for senior residents, $50 for non-residents)
Dogs: No
Facilities: Trash
Boat Ramp: No
Lifeguards: No
ADA Accessible: Yes (access mat)

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Address & Contact Information
15 Gilder Rd.
Bourne, MA 02532
41.733776, -70.620221

Please follow all posted rules and regulations at this property.

Gray Gables Beach
Bourne, MA
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Sun, September 22
4:30PM - 7:00PM
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Bourne
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Falmouth
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