Local Spots to “Get Your Feet Wet!” – By: Allie Barone

  • Tuesday, July 3, 2018
  • Posted by Krisanne Butler in Uncategorized

With the summer heat upon us, we are all looking for that perfect place to cool off. For some, backyard pools make finding the perfect watering hole a breeze. For those of us who don’t own a swimming pool, or if we are just looking to spend the day doing something different we must get a little creative. The North Shore is filled with places to take a dip, go for a paddle, or enjoy some water-filled fun if only you know where to look. We’ve got you covered for this summer’s list of places to cool off. Whether you prefer splashing around in fresh-water, or taking a salty swim you do not have to travel too far to enjoy this summer’s best weather!

Lake Gardner Beach

80 High St. Amesbury, MA           

Lake Gardner stretched from Amesbury to the New Hampshire border, and is part of the Powow River. It is an ideal location for a swim on a hot day without travelling too far. The lake is open to the public all year round, but it particularly enjoyed in the summer for swimming, wading, and the use of paddle-powered boats. Bring your kayak, or just your lunch and cool off in Amesbury’s most popular lake!


Bradley Palmer State Park Wading Pool

40 Asbury St. Topsfield, MA

$5 Parking Fee for Massachusetts Residents

$10 Parking Fee for Non-Massachusetts Residents

Bradley Palmer Wading Pool is perfect for families with young children. It is a colorful splash park that little swimmers can enjoy all summer long. With both shady and sunny areas to set up your blanket, you can be sure your little family will have a blast learning how to swim in the knee-deep wading area and playing with the sprinklers all over the pool. Enjoy the rest of the park for mountain-biking, walking paths, and equestrian trails.


Ipswich River

Middleton, MA ( Stretches from Ipswich to Wilmington)


Pack your cooler, and paddles, the Ipswich River is the best local river for a kayak or canoe day trip. There are many spots to drop in along the river, as well as places to pull over and take a quick swim. On your journey down the river, you will even find a rope swing for the more adventurous river rats! Check out the website provided in the link for ideas of where to start and stop along the river. The river is calm enough to paddle in both directions easily, so you can get out of the river at the same location you got in.

Sandy Point State Reservation

Parker River Wildlife Refuge Rd., Ipswich, MA 01938

Free Parking Available in lot            

You cannot go the summer without a trip to Sandy Point to feel like you are on a secluded island. Sandy Point is at the very end of Plum Island Reservation. The small parking lot ensures a beach that is not crowded, but that is extremely picturesque. In order to get a spot n the lot get to the beach early in the morning, or in the afternoon after most beach-goers leave. It is a perfect place to swim, sunbathe, and watch boats drive by. Bonus, it has an absolutely breathtaking view of the sunset!

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