Nantasket Beach

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Nantasket Beach Reservation
General View, Nantasket Beach, MA.jpg
Nantasket Beach circa 1910
Map showing the location of Nantasket Beach Reservation
Map showing the location of Nantasket Beach Reservation
Location in Massachusetts
Map showing the location of Nantasket Beach Reservation
Map showing the location of Nantasket Beach Reservation
Nantasket Beach (the United States)
LocationHull, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Coordinates42°17′30″N 70°52′28″W / 42.29167°N 70.87444°W / 42.29167; -70.87444Coordinates: 42°17′30″N 70°52′28″W / 42.29167°N 70.87444°W / 42.29167; -70.87444[1]
Area39 acres (16 ha)[2]
Elevation0 ft (0 m)[1]
OperatorMassachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation
WebsiteNantasket Beach Reservation

Nantasket Beach is a beach in the town of Hull, Massachusetts. It is part of the Nantasket Beach Reservation, administered by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.[3] The shore has fine, light gray sand and is one of the busiest beaches in Greater Boston. At low tide, there are acres of tide pools.


The name "Nantasket" is derived from Wampanoag and means "at the strait" "low-tide place" or "where tides meet" as Hull is a peninsula. Nantasket was settled not long after Plymouth Colony and before Massachusetts Bay. Roger Conant was in the area after leaving the Plymouth Colony and before going to Cape Ann in 1625. Until Hull was incorporated in 1644, English settlers referred to the whole local region as "Nantasket Peninsula."


In 1825, Paul Warrick established "The Sportsman Hotel" on Nantasket Avenue. Later, more hotels were built and steamboats made three trips a day between Nantasket Beach and Boston in the 1840s. Ralph Waldo Emerson spent time at Nantasket in July 1841, reflecting on "the beauty of the good" and "the book of flesh and blood".[4] In 1905, an amusement area called Paragon Park was built adjacent to the beach. A carousel built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (PTC #85) in 1928 was included. This was closed in 1984.


  1. ^ a b "Nantasket Beach". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ "2012 Acreage Listing" (PDF). Department of Conservation and Recreation. April 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nantasket Beach Reservation". MassParks. Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  4. ^ The Heart of Emerson's Journals, edited by Bliss Perry, Dover Books, 1958

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