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Splash & Play At Gloucester's Good Harbor Beach

One of the best places for outdoor fun in Gloucester, Good Harbor Beach offers calm waves, endless white sand and unmatched views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy swimming, body surfing and boogie boarding in the water. Build a sand castle, fly a kite, play beach games, or simply relax for a picnic and sunbathing on the sand. Wait until low tide, when you can walk out to Salt Island and explore it's shores or visit the tide pools to see the aquatic wonders usually hidden under water. In the summer, you can rent water toys and buy snacks at the concession stand. Lifeguards are on duty from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Showers and restrooms make it easy to rinse off and clean up after your day on the beach.


Prices -

 Beach access is free; parking is $25 per vehicle weekdays, $30 per vehicle, weekends (vans and busses additional fee).

Hours -

 Open daily from 8am-9pm. Lifeguards are on duty 9am-6pm daily (Memorial Day-Labor Day).


  • Good Harbor Plunge
  • International Coastal Cleanup Day
  • Good Harbor Beach Marsh Walk


  • Beach Activities
  • Concessions, Restrooms & Showers
  • Salt Island 
  • Beach Toy Rentals
  • Tide Pools
  • Beach Wheelchairs


  • where can i park at good harbor beach?

    There is a parking lot adjacent to the beach that can accommodate passenger vehicles and vans and tour busses. Arrive early, as the beach is popular and parking space is limited. Gates are open from 8am-9pm. Parking fees are $25 per vehicle on weekdays and $30 per vehicle on weekends and holidays. Van and bus parking is $30-50 depending on vehicle size and time of visit.
  • is good harbor beach ADA accessible?

    Yes, Good Harbor Beach offers easy handicapped access, including 16 handicapped parking spaces and a convenient drop-off/pick-up loading zone near the footbridge. You can also borrow a beach wheelchair for easier transport across the sand. Ask for information at the collection booth or lifeguard stand. 

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