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“Great on a weekday for families with small children. Weekends are overcrowded.”
Review of Lake Gardner

Lake Gardner
Ranked #4 of 13 things to do in Amesbury
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Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great on a weekday for families with small children. Weekends are overcrowded.”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Lake Gardner is best when it's not beach / swim season as you can enjoy the natural beauty, and hike the paths to Battis Farm.
In the summer months its a good spot to bring small children, early in the season while the water quality is still good. Towards August it sometimes is closed due to poor water quality. The rusty tinged water is actually ok. Looks worse than it is.
Most week days, Lake Gardner is a low key place filled with little kids playing and moms chatting. Middle school kids may enjoy this, but beyond that its too dull!
The town learn to swim program runs here. Kayaks and canoes can be seen.
Beware the weekend, when an influx of people from other towns crowd in, and the whole character changes! I made the mistake of bringing my kids there one suddenly hot weekend day and couldn't get out fast enough due to the loud, obnoxious crowd.
Fall is gorgeous here. Paths leading from the right side of the beach go to Amesbury conservation land.

Visited June 2013
Thank mdun
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Salisbury, Massachusetts
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36 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Perfect Family Place for a Swim”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

What more could you want. Most locals do not want to go there because of the color of the water. Let me tell you there is nothing wrong with the water. If you look close the sand has a lot of minierals in it and that is what gives it the sparkly look and tea color. I have never had a bathing suit or towel turn yellow. The sand is not sand castle quality but we go for the calm water, easy and free parking, life guards and available bathrooms... did I mention there are trees too... shade - think of it - that's something you don't get at the beach unless you bring an umbrella after paying a fee just to park where the bathrooms are either non existent or what seems like a mile away! Plenty of little ones all playing and learning how to swim. Not to many teenagers. Great place for mom's to bring baby for a cool dip.... NOTES - you can wear swimmies and life jackets but you cannot use pool like floatation devices! Dogs cannot be on the beach area. There is access to a way in for boating or paddle boarding. Ice cream trucks come by frequently (we don't buy from them we pack our own snacks). Police frequently check with the lifeguards to see if there is any trouble to report.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Tina C
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