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“A Short but Wonderful Hike to the Ocean”

Coolidge Reservation
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Owner description: Hike past a scenic pond and through a small forest of pine and oak to reach a spectacular seaside lawn offering memorable views of Massachusetts Bay and the North Shore.
canada
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114 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“A Short but Wonderful Hike to the Ocean”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

Part of the hike was closed today so we took what was probably the shorter route to the ocean and it was a fantastic destination as we found ourselves on a beautiful sandy beach with a great view of the ocean. The waves splashed along the shore which was lined with gulls resting on the sand. Well worth it! Free parking. Few people. Wonderful short hike.

Visited July 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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“Great place for a picnic”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Bit of a hike to get there, and not much parking, but you are not going to find a better place for a picnic on the north shore. Just a huge, very green lawn stretching ahead to a rocky shore and some amazing ocean views. When the water is too cold for swimming (in either May or October), this is the place to be. Benefits of the beach, but none of the crowds or mess.

Visited May 2014
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“Snowshoeing through life”
Reviewed 18 February 2014 via mobile

Coolidge Reservation is always gorgeous and when the bushes are powdered with snow, bending towards the trail, it is more lovely than ever. The hill, woods, Great Lawn, and beach all lend themselves well to snowshoes.

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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225 reviews
53 attraction reviews
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“Stunning!”
Reviewed 6 May 2013

The Coolidge Reservation is well worth a side trip if you are visiting Cape Ann.....There is a short trail to the Great Lawn, an enormous expanse of rolling green to the ocean. The views are amazing, and there are lovely benches to rest. I would recommend bringing a towel or blanket, and just rest, listen to the ocean, read.........watch the geese. Breathe.

Visited May 2013
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boston, MA
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25 reviews
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“Lovely views, ocean and beach. short, easy walks.”
Reviewed 5 November 2012

This was the site of a large and famous mansion, owned by a descendent of Thomas Jefferson, and now gone. It is now a huge grassy lawn on a rocky cliff looking out to Boston and offshore islands. You can walk to a nearby ocean beach and along a pond. Trails through the woods are rocky but not very long and can be managed by children and older adults-with care.

Visited October 2012
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