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Summer means it’s time to hit the beach! Exploring a seaside locale or heading to your local swimming hole are great, inexpensive ways to beat the heat. Plan ahead to ensure a safe and fun day on the waterfront.

1. Choose a location

Massachusetts is gifted with many ocean and inland beaches. Whether you’re looking for a family day out at the United States’ first public beach in Revere, MA , an accessible beach with sand-ready wheelchairs, or a romantic sunset stroll along the Cape Cod National Seashore, the Bay State has the perfect spot to suit your needs.

2. Protect your skin

Limit your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun shines strongest. Also be sure to wear a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher and reapply after spending time in the water. Read “7 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Skin Cancer” for other helpful information.

3. Hydrate

Heat, sun and salty ocean air increase your chances of becoming dehydrated. Be sure to drink plenty of water to regulate your temperature and replenish fluids lost while splashing in the salty waves.

4. Clean up

Keep Massachusetts beaches nice for future generations. Be a Coastal Caretaker: Litter doesn’t just make the beach less beautiful, it is also a health hazard for animals that call the beach and ocean home. A good rule of thumb is: If it came with you, it leaves with you. Kids will also love learning about beach conservation with online games from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

5. Bringing Fido? Obey laws at dog-friendly beaches

Some, but not all, Massachusetts beaches allow dogs. Make sure you are aware of the rules, have a leash, and a baggie to enjoy a lovely day at the shore with your pooch.

6. Have fun!

There are many ways to enjoy a day at the beach! Play catch, go for a run, swim, picnic, or just grab a good book and relax on the sand. The possibilities are endless.

How do you have fun at the beach? Share your fun beach activities by commenting below or tweet @MassGov

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