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With its clear, cool waters, Buzzards Bay is a swimmer’s dream. From salty waves to calm, sheltered coves, you can find a swimming spot that you’ll love. Practice your stroke for the Buzzards Bay Swim, or wade into the water at a sandy beach with your kids. No matter your swimming ability, you can make a splash here on Buzzards Bay!

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Woman and child wading in water at Apponagansett Park
77 Gulf Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Apponagansett Park in South Dartmouth is a fun summertime destination that truly offers something for everybody.

Parking: Large paved parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Canoe/Kayak Launch, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Food/Concession
Pocasset Harbor from Barlows Landing in Bourne
498 Barlows Landing Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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Whether you’re ready to go boating, paddling, or swimming, you’ll find a place to play at Barlows Landing in Bourne.

Parking: Medium-sized paved vehicle parking area with additional gravel parking for vehicles and trailers
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (concrete), Kayak Launch, Picnic Table, Trash, Bicycle Rack
a woman hiking past a large boulder at Beebe Woods in Falmouth
60 Highfield Dr., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Explore Falmouth’s fascinating glacial past at Beebe Woods, a 400-acre swath of protected forest near Woods Hole.

Size: 400 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot at Cape Cod Conservatory; Small unpaved parking area off Ter Heun Drive
Facilities: None
sandy beach at Brainard Marsh in Marion
344 Delano Rd., Marion, MA 02738
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Take a short, scenic walk to the sandy shores of the Weweantic River at Brainard Marsh in Marion.

Size: 6.1 acres
Parking: Small gravel roadside parking area
Facilities: Bicycle Rack
people sitting in the sand on a sunny day at Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth
158 Chapoquoit Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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“Chappy,” as locals call Chapoquoit Beach in Falmouth, is a sandy, secluded spot far from Cape Cod's crowds.

Size: 1.6 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Shower (seasonal)
people walk along Cherry & Webb Beach in Westport
168 Cherry and Webb Ln., Westport, MA 02791
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With rolling waves and a long, sandy shoreline, Cherry & Webb Beach is a favorite summer destination for Westport residents.

Size: 80 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Bicycle Rack
kids playing on Church's Beach on Cuttyhunk Island
Blue Heron Drive, Cuttyhunk, MA 02713
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Take an island excursion to Cuttyhunk and discover Church's Beach, a Buzzards Bay paradise with crystal-clear waters.

Parking: None (boat and foot access only)
Facilities: None
Calm, shallow water at beach at Demarest Lloyd in Dartmouth
101 Barneys Joy Rd., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Demarest Lloyd State Park in Dartmouth is a true gem for beachgoers, explorers, and Buzzards Bay lovers of all ages.

Size: 200 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash
sandy shoreline at East Beach in New Bedford
1076 East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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A wide, sandy beach on outer New Bedford Harbor, East Beach is a summertime destination for city families.

Parking: Large paved parking lots; additional street parking
Facilities: Pier (asphalt), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
rocky shoreline at East Beach in Westport
198 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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This rocky stretch in Westport offers stunning views of the Elizabeth Islands across the Bay’s sparkling waters.

Parking: Sandy/gravel parking along East Beach Road; resident beach sticker required year-round
Facilities: None
the shoreline of Electric Avenue Beach in Bourne
26 Gardinier Ave., Bourne, MA 02532
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Rock down to Electric Avenue to discover an intimate beach and boat ramp a stone’s throw from the Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier/Dock (wood/floating), Bicycle Rack, Trash, Picnic Table, Playground
cannons along the water at Fort Phoenix in Fairhaven
Green Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719
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With beautiful harbor views, a sandy beach, and a historic coastal fort, Fort Phoenix is a treasure for local residents.

Size: 9.3 acres
Parking: Three medium/large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Playground
Fort Rodman and bike paths at Fort Taber Park in New Bedford
1000 South Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford, MA 02744
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With a sandy beach, bike path, and fishing pier, Fort Taber Park offers sweeping Buzzards Bay views that are steeped in history.

Size: 50 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Pier (concrete), Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Trash, Playground, Learning/Visitor Center, Food/Concession (seasonal)
A view of Buzzards Bay between two World War II lookout towers at Gooseberry Island in Westport.
West Shore Road, Westport, MA 02790
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Explore nature, history, and spectacular coastal beauty along the rugged shores of Gooseberry Island in Westport.

Size: 73 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking lot (vehicles and trailers)
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal)
dinghys on the sand next to a salt marsh at Gray Gables Beach in Bourne
15 Gilder Rd., Bourne, MA 02532
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This sandy beach in Bourne is a local favorite thanks to its cozy neighborhood vibe and fascinating views of Cape Cod Canal.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking lot
Facilities: Trash
a man walking a dog on the trail through the woods at Halfway Pond Conservation Area in Plymouth
387 Mast Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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Discover Plymouth’s peaceful ponds and woodlands by foot or canoe at Halfway Pond Conservation Area.

Size: 409.6 acres
Parking: Small unpaved parking areas on Mast Road and at the intersection of Gallows Pond Road and West Long Point Road
Facilities: Canoe/Kayak Launch
bench on Hen Cove Beach in Bourne
180 Circuit Ave., Bourne, MA 02559
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With calm waters and a roped-off swimming area, Hen Cove Beach in Bourne is perfect for families with small children.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area
Facilities: Trash
sandy and salt marsh shoreline at Hiller's Cove Beach in Mattapoisett
46 Aucoot Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In summer, Hiller's Cove Beach is a favorite destination for Mattapoisett families to splash in warm, calm waters.

Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area; parking pass required in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Restrooms
hundreds of people on Horseneck Beach on a summer day
251 John Reed Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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With two miles of sand and surf, the 600-acre Horseneck Beach State Reservation is a recreational paradise in Westport.

Size: 600 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lots
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Showers (seasonal), Picnic Tables
The shoreline of Ice House Pond in winter.
390 Sippewissett Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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Cool off at Falmouth’s Ice House Pond, a 7-acre kettle pond that's open for swimming, fishing, canoeing, and ice skating.

Size: 7 acres
Parking: Small paved parking area
Facilities: Canoe Launch

Upcoming Events

Itty Bitty Bay Explorers: Birds
Wed, October 24
10:00AM - 11:00AM
Marks Cove,
Wareham
Parsons Reserve Work Party
Wed, October 24
9:00AM - 12:00PM
Parsons Reserve,
Dartmouth
Women’s Canoe Trip
Wed, October 24
4:30PM - 7:00PM
Lloyd Center for the Environment,
Dartmouth

Featured Adventures

First class dives into sailing, swimming, and exploring through inaugural Onset Bay summer program

July saw the launch of the first summer of full exploration programming for kids on Onset Bay, including swimming, kayaking, sailing, and shoreline ecology.

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315 swimmers cross outer New Bedford Harbor for 25th anniversary Buzzards Bay Swim

Three hundred fifteen swimmers dove into outer New Bedford Harbor early on the morning of Saturday, June 30 to celebrate clean water in Buzzards Bay during the Coalition’s 25th anniversary Buzzards Bay Swim.

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How 3 Dartmouth women found shared purpose – and friendship – training for the Buzzards Bay Swim

Longtime swimmer and Dartmouth resident Nancy Smith first participated in the Buzzards Bay Swim in 2000 and hasn’t missed a year since. Since then, Nancy has recruited other local swimmers to take the plunge with her.

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Swim the Bay, Save the Bay

Buzzards Bay Swim

Celebrate clean water at the Coalition's 25th annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 30, 2018! Join more than 300 others who make a difference to protect clean water in Buzzards Bay. You can swim, volunteer, or cheer on swimmers as they cross outer New Bedford Harbor.

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