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Beaches in Gloucester

Cressy’s Beach - Located at the lower end of Historic Stage Fort Park, this rocky beach overlooks the beautiful Gloucester Harbor. This is a great place to spend the day as you can sit and observe the activities on the Harbor, have a picnic or cookout, play games in the park, or just relax with a good book. Restrooms are located nearby in the park and there is a privately owned restaurant that is open to the public. Parking is available in the park lot at a rate of $10 per vehicle weekdays and $15 weekends and holidays. Alcohol is prohibited in all areas of the park and beach. Directions: Take Exit 14 off Rte 128 North. At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto Rte 133. Follow to the end with the Harbor in front of you. Take a right onto Western Ave and then a left into Stage Fort Park.

Good Harbor Beach - Located on Thatcher Road, Rte 127A, Good Harbor is a beautiful beach with lovely, white sand facing the Atlantic. At low tide, one can walk out to Salt Island while at high tide one can enjoy body surfing or boogie boards. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Surfing, inflatable objects and all floatation devices with the exception of Styrofoam boogie boards are prohibited during the hours lifeguards are on duty. Alcohol is also prohibited. Gloucester has adopted a Carry In – Carry Out Policy for Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches so please be prepared to carry out any trash with you when you leave. Food, drinks, beach toys, and other beach necessities are available at the concession. Restrooms and showers are available as well from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily. During periods of inclement weather, all facilities may close early. Parking is available during the week at a rate of $20 per vehicle, and on the weekends and holidays at $25 per vehicle. (After Labor Day, beaches may be open with reduced rates charged, weather permitting.) Space is limited so you will need to arrive early on a nice day in order to get a parking space. The gates open at 8:00am and are locked at 9:00pm. The beach is handicapped accessible with approximately 16 handicapped spaces in the lot and a drop off space near the footbridge. A beach wheelchair is available – ask at the collection booth upon arrival or ask the lifeguards. Buses are prohibited from the parking lot and any large groups must receive a permit ($25 per permit). Directions: - take Rte 128 North into Gloucester. Follow the signs for East Gloucester/Rockport. Go through the two rotaries. At the first traffic light you have two options. First option is to take a left onto Eastern Ave. Follow Eastern Ave for approximately 1 to 1 ½ miles and Shaws Plaza will be on your right. Turn right onto Barn Lane at the end of the plaza. At the end of Barn Lane turn left onto Thatcher Rd and the beach lot will be on your right. If you go straight through the first light, you will then take a left onto Bass Ave at the next light. Follow Bass Ave to Thatcher Road and turn left onto Thatcher Road. The parking lot will be up on your right.

Half Moon Beach
– Half Moon is a small quiet beach located in historic Stage Fort Park. It gets its' name from the crescent shape of the beach. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Restrooms are located nearby at the Visitors Center and there are plenty of areas to enjoy a picnic or cookout. Parking is available in the parking lot for $10 per vehicle weekdays and $15 weekends and holidays. Alcohol, floatation devices, and inflatable objects are prohibited. The beach is handicapped accessible with a concrete ramp leading down to the beach area. Directions: Take Exit 14 off Rte 128 North. At the bottom of the ramp, bear right onto Rte 133. Follow to the end with the Harbor in front of you. Take a right onto Western Ave and then a left into Stage Fort Park.

Niles Beach – Located on Eastern Point Road in East Gloucester, this beach is enjoyed primarily by residents. Parking is limited and restricted to vehicles with a current City of Gloucester beach sticker. Porta – Potties are available and lifeguards are on duty from Fathers Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily.  Alcohol, floatation devices, and inflatable objects are prohibited

Pavilion Beach - This beach is located on the Eastern end of Stacey Boulevard in the area known as “The Fort”. Parking is very limited and there are no restrooms. Porta – Potties are available a short distance away on the Boulevard. Alcohol is prohibited and the beach is not guarded.

Plum Cove Beach - Located on Washington Street in the northern section of the City, this small, quiet beach has been enjoyed by families in Lanesville for many years. It is a great place to bring small children due to the small confines of the beach. Parking is limited and restricted to vehicles with a current Gloucester beach sticker. Lifeguards are on duty Fathers Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Alcohol, floatation devices, and inflatable objects are prohibited.

Wingaersheek Beach – Situated in the western part of Gloucester at the end of Atlantic Street off Rte. 133 and Concord Street, this beautiful beach runs along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. At low tide the beach extends out for hundreds of yards and a long sandbar is exposed that makes for a great place to walk. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Surfing, inflatable objects and all floatation devices are prohibited during the hours the lifeguards are on duty. Alcohol is prohibited on the beach and Gloucester has adopted a Carry In – Carry Out policy at Wingaersheek and Good Harbor beaches so please be prepared to carry out any trash with you when you leave. Food, drinks, beach toys, and other beach necessities are available at the concession. Restrooms and showers are available as well from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily. During periods of inclement weather all facilities may close early. Parking is available during the week at a rate of $20 per vehicle, and on the weekends and holidays at $25 per vehicle. After Labor Day, beaches may be open with reduced rates charges, weather permitting. Space is limited so you’ll need to arrive early on a nice day in order to get a parking space. The gates open at 8:00am and are locked at 9:00pm. The beach is handicapped accessible with approximately 16 handicapped spaces in the lot. A beach wheelchair is available – ask at the collection booth upon arrival or ask the lifeguards. Buses are allowed only during the weekdays at a rate of $25 per bus to park. Buses are not allowed to drop off groups and park elsewhere without first paying the parking fee. All groups attending must make a reservation and receive a permit (fee is $25 per permit) before coming. Directions: take Rte. 128 North to Exit 13. At the bottom of the ramp, take a left onto Concord St and follow for about one to 1-½ miles. You will see a traffic island with a sign saying Wingaersheek Beach. Turn right onto Atlantic Street and follow to the end. Both Concord Street and Atlantic Street are narrow, windy roads with many curves. Please drive carefully and observe the speed limits not only for your own safety but for the safety of those who may be walking along the road. As you turn onto Atlantic Street look for the sign regarding the beach parking lot. If the "lot full" sign is out it means the lot is closed to non-residents and only those with a Gloucester beach sticker can gain access to the lot.

Beach Parking Stickers
If you have a beach sticker, you can park at the public beaches without paying the daily rate. Beach stickers allow parking at Good Harbor Beach, Wingaersheek Beach and Stage Fort Park. They also allow Gloucester residents to use the composting facility and other city beaches.

To apply for a sticker use the links on the left hand side of this page.


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