Singing Beach is appropriately named—and not just because if you put a seashell up to your ear you can “hear” the ocean. The beach’s sand “sings” (more like squeaks) when you step on it, earning it the name. Located just a 45-minute train ride from bustling Boston, the beach is a popular retreat for harried city-slickers and North Shore locals alike.
Manchester-by-the-Sea is a quintessential New England town, so when you’re tired of the sand you can dine on local seafood and handmade ice cream. There’s also lots of little local shops to browse as you stroll down the quiet streets.
Where is it? In Manchester-by-the Sea, Massachusetts. Fly to Boston’s Logan Airport (check prices) and take the commuter rail so you don’t have to deal with the limited parking situation.
Where to Stay? At the Old Corner Inn, a quaint bed and breakfast near the beach.
What Else Should I Know? You’ll have to pay $5 per person for beach access and $25 to park your car if you’re not a town resident.
Who’s it For? Families, swimmers, singers.
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