Tidal Pool Day Trips from Western MA

Day Trip: Tidal Pool & Maritime Centers

Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA … home to tidal pools and Maritime Gloucester.

Recently one of our readers, Shoshana King, was planning a day-trip to the ocean and wanted to visit a tidal pool with her family.  We asked our readers on Facebook if they could recommend a coastal area/park with great tide pools along the New England coastline.  We received several suggestions…

Harold Murphy recommended Paine’s Creek Beach on Cape Cod in Brewster, MA, and their nearby extensive tidal sand flats. Robert P. Ross recommended both York and Ogunquit beach in Southern Maine as a closer option than Cape Cod, and Amy Meltzer suggested Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA. All terrific suggestions, but Shoshanna ending up going with Dana Fenner Olivo’s recommendation, Wingaersheek Beach, located in the western end of Gloucester, MA…

Shoshanna writes, “We decided to go with Wingaersheek Beach in Gloucester, MA. What a great time! It’s like a Cape Cod vacation, but without the week long commitment that usually goes with that. The beach was clean, the water was warm and shallow, and the tide pools were a hit with every kid there. It would be a safe place for families to bring a range of aged kids. Older ones have fun in the water & rock hopping, and the smallest ones wouldn’t be at risk as many areas are protected from moving water by rock formations. And if you forget anything, you don’t have to feel stranded, they have a very full concession stand that sells snacks & beach toys. Thank you guys for helping us find Cape Ann!

We then asked our readers to recommend any maritime centers or aquariums near these recommended tidal pools. Bonnie Nicoll Ciesluk recommended Maritime Gloucester near Wingaersheek Beach, and Tania Dobrowolski Hartford recommended the maritime centers at Joppa Flats and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newburyport, MA. “Great maritime centers for families,” Tania writes, suggesting Sandy Point as the best place for tidalpooling near Newburyport too. Tania also recommended the Seacoast Science Center, located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH

Where’s your favorite shoreline location in New England to visit with your family that offers educational and explorational opportunities?

[Photo credit: (ccl) Len Burgess]

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