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It’s easy to see the appeal of exploring Buzzards Bay from a boat or a beach— but you may be surprised by how much more the Bay has to offer just below the surface! With the help of just a mask and a snorkel, anyone can get familiar with the fishes and crabs, snails and sea stars hiding on sandy bottoms, in seagrass meadows, and along rocky coastlines. Don a pair of fins for the maneuverability to explore, or laze on a float to relax as you appreciate these marine vistas.

If you and your kids are new to snorkeling and want to get familiar with the sensation, look out for one of our Learn to Snorkel events during the summer!

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Brickyard Road, Chilmark, MA 02535
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Great Rock Bight Preserve offers a secluded beach great swimming, sunbathing, surfcasting and sunsets, plus other habitat treasures.

Size: 28.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized, unpaved parking area
Facilities: None
Aerial view of Naushon and the Elizabeth Islands
Gosnold, MA 02713
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This pristine crescent of sand is a peaceful place for boaters to enjoy swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
Trees in fall colors behind the sandy beach at Naushon Island's Tarpaulin Cove
Gosnold, MA 02713
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Swim, kayak, snorkel, and beachcomb while enjoying a sweeping lighthouse view Tarpaulin Cove Beach, a public beach on private Naushon Island.

Facilities: None
A motorboat pulled onto the sandy beach of Weepecket Island
Gosnold, MA 02543
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Discover island adventures on the untamed shores of the Weepecket Islands, a small island chain north of Naushon.

Parking: None
Facilities: Kayak launch (shoreline)

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Upcoming Events

Ugly Sweater Hike – Acushnet Sawmill
Sat, December 17
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Acushnet Sawmill,
Mattapoisett
Holiday Crafternoon!
Fri, December 16
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Onset Bay Center,
Wareham
New Year’s Bay Plunge!
Mon, January 02
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Onset Bay Center,
Wareham

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