Post Content

Image of People enjoying a day in the sun at Walden Pond Beach
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

Written By:

Tags: , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

Winter Safety Tips posted on Dec 7

Winter Safety Tips

While Massachusetts winters mean skiing, ice skating, and scenic views across the state, they can also bring extreme cold and severe winter storms. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the Department of Energy Resources (DOER) provide tips to help Massachusetts residents get   …Continue Reading Winter Safety Tips

Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors posted on Nov 30

Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors

Transportation is a vital service for many older adults who want to continue to live independently in their communities. If you don’t have access to a car or can’t drive for any reason, there are community and state resources that can help. The Human Service   …Continue Reading Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors

Massachusetts Police Officer Civil Service Exam: Deadline to Apply Is Feb. 21, 2017 posted on Nov 17

Massachusetts Police Officer Civil Service Exam: Deadline to Apply Is Feb. 21, 2017

  This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Human Resources Division. The Human Resources Division (HRD) of the Executive Office of Administration and Finance (ANF) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 police officer civil service exam. If you want to become a   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Police Officer Civil Service Exam: Deadline to Apply Is Feb. 21, 2017