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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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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)
Atlantic Ocean from the shores of Goosewing Beach Preserve in Little Compton, Rhode Island
South Shore Road, Little Compton, RI 02837
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Escape the crowds for windswept dunes and crashing waves at Little Compton's Goosewing Beach Preserve.

Size: 75 acres
Parking: Large paved lot at South Shore Beach; fee to park, Memorial Day – Labor Day
Facilities: Learning Center (seasonal)
Large ship on the Cape Cod Canal seen from 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
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
Horseneck Point Lifesaving Station in Westport, Massachusetts
241 East Beach Rd., Westport, MA 02790
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Discover Massachusetts' maritime history at Westport's Horseneck Point Life-Saving Station, one of the last of its kind in the state.

Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking lot across East Beach Rd.
Facilities: Learning Center, Restrooms (seasonal)
The path down to Miles Pond in Falmouth during spring
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
view of New Bedford and Clarks Cove from Jones Park in Dartmouth
66 St. John St., Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Local residents can come to Jones Beach in Dartmouth enjoy the calm waters of Clarks Cove and fresh air off Buzzards Bay.

Size: 2 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Picnic Tables, Playground
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
The sandy shore of Knowles Beach in Dartmouth, with the sailboats of Padanaram Harbor in the background
Smith Neck Road and Gulf Road, Dartmouth, MA 02748
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Escape the bustle of summer crowds on the quiet shores of Knowles Beach in Dartmouth.

Parking: Unpaved roadside parking along Smith Neck Road (space for 6-7 cars)
Facilities: None
clouds and sun rays over Buzzards Bay from Little Harbor Beach
99 Beach Plum Ln., Wareham, MA 02571
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The sandy shores and gentle waves at Little Harbor Beach in Wareham are a wonderful way to enjoy life by the Bay.

Size: 22 acres
Parking: Large paved parking lot; resident parking sticker required
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal)
Red Brook and the Lyman Reserve in winter
110 Red Brook Rd., Plymouth, MA 02360
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This diverse paradise of woods, wetlands, and salt marshes in Plymouth shelters rare sea-run brook trout in Red Brook.

Size: 210 acres
Parking: Medium-sized gravel parking area
Facilities: Picnic Tables, Trash
lifeguard chair in the sand at Mattapoisett Town Beach
32 Water St., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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In the heart of this quiet waterfront village, Mattapoisett Town Beach offers sandy shores and picturesque harbor views.

Size: 1.9 acres
Parking: Large unpaved parking area; fee to park in summer (first week of July through last week of August)
Facilities: Restrooms (seasonal), Shower, Picnic Tables, Playground
water view from Megansett Beach in North Falmouth
239 County Rd., Falmouth, MA 02540
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With its wide expanse of sand, Megansett Beach is a great spot for Falmouth residents to sit and watch sailboats on the harbor.

Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area; resident beach sticker required to park in summer
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Pier (wood), Restrooms (seasonal), Trash
Looking east along the shoreline of Martha's Vineyard from Menemsha Hills
345 North Rd., Chilmark, MA 02535
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Hike through Martha's Vineyard's diverse habitats and take in stunning views of Vineyard Sound and the Elizabeth Islands at this large Chilmark preserve.

Size: 211 acres
Parking: Medium-sized unpaved parking area
Facilities: Portable Toilets (seasonal)
Kids playing in the water at Monument Beach in Bourne
22 Emmons Rd., Bourne, MA 02559
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For a full day of swimming, boating, and playing by the Bay, look no further than Monument Beach in Bourne.

Parking: Large paved parking area
Facilities: Boat Ramp, Kayak Launch, Restrooms (seasonal), Trash, Food/Concession (seasonal)
Waves washing onto the shoreline of Moshup Beach, with the Gay Head Cliffs in the background
71 Moshup Trail, Aquinnah, MA 02535
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Find a perfect summer beach day or ample year-round exploration on this secluded coast beneath Martha's Vineyard's Gay Head Cliffs.

Size: 17 acres
Parking: Large paved parking area on Aquinnah Circle
Facilities: Bicycle Rack, Benches, Restrooms (seasonal)
a man and a dog on a large rock at the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett
189 Mattapoisett Neck Rd., Mattapoisett, MA 02739
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For a leisurely walk out to one of Buzzards Bay’s quietest coves, look no further than the Munn Preserve in Mattapoisett.

Size: 18.5 acres
Parking: Medium-sized paved parking area on Mattapoisett Neck Road by trailhead
Facilities: None

Upcoming Events

Buzzards Bay Swim
Sat, June 27
6:30AM - 10:30AM
Fort Phoenix State Reservation,
Fairhaven
Buzzards Bay Swim Start Line Shuttle
Sat, June 27
5:45AM - 6:10AM
Fort Phoenix Beach Parking Lot,
Fairhaven
Snow Day Pop-Up Snowshoeing
Wed, January 01 -
Tue, March 31
Buzzards Bay Watershed,
New Bedford

Featured Adventures

Staff team hired to lead new Onset Bay Center

The Buzzards Bay Coalition is excited to announce that Katherine Garofoli and Tom Tucker have been hired to serve as the Onset Bay Center’s first Director and Program Manager.

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How to explore the Assawompset Pond Complex

Take in woodland tranquility and abundant water views within the Assawompset Pond Complex, a system of conservation lands around five freshwater ponds in Lakeville, Middleborough, and Rochester.

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Wareham kids splash into second summer of outdoor exploration in Onset

This summer, more than one hundred kids will participate in the Coalition’s second summer of the Onset Bay summer program, featuring four weeks of outdoor exploration and discovery through the developing Onset Bay Center.

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Swim the Bay, Save the Bay

Buzzards Bay Swim

Celebrate clean water at the Coalition's 27th annual Buzzards Bay Swim on Saturday, June 27, 2020! Join more than 400 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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