This park has an 1,800-foot saltwater beach, which is backed by rambling hills of beach grass and shaded, grassy picnic sites. A broad, scenic marsh lines the Slocum River on the park's eastern edge. The beach is ideal for families with children. The Buzzards Bay surf is calm and shallow, giving rise to warm water temperatures through most of the summer. It is also a great spot to see egrets, herons, ospreys, terns and hawks.
East Rodney French Blvd., New Bedford MA
East Rodney French Blvd.
In the south end of the city, the beach overlooks New Bedford's outer harbor and the Butler's Flats lighthouse. Boat traffic passes within view on its way to and from the inner harbor.
Rte. 24 south to Rte. 140 south to 195 east to 240 south to Rte. 6 west. Follow signs.
Fort Phoenix State Reservation combines historic features, scenic views and a variety of recreational facilities. Minutes from downtown New Bedford, the park contains a half-mile of Buzzards Bay beachfront. Adjacent to the park is Fort Phoenix, a national landmark Fort which gives the park its name. From the ramparts remnants, one can gaze across the bay where the first naval battle of the Revolutionary War was fought, to the rolling meadows of the Elizabeth Islands.
Horseneck Beach, located on 600 acres of barrier beach and salt marsh, is a two-mile long beach that is one of the most popular places in the state. At the western end of Buzzards Bay, Horseneck is always breezy and a great spot for tanning, swimming, windsurfing, and walking. In fact, the ocean beach and estuary habitat provides one of the best bird watching areas in the whole of New England.
Located at the southern end of the city on the west side of the peninsula. The beach features a bathhouse that overlooks Clarks Cove and the town of Dartmouth coastline. Hazelwood Park is directly across the road for picnicking and recreational activities.
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