Posted By: Noreen Anastasia
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Splish Splash!

With summer finally here in all its scorching glory, many residents are looking for ways to cool off. Looking for sun and surf? These five beaches are great options if you don't want to travel far, but still want that going to the ocean feel. Don't enjoy getting sand in your shorts? Boston has seventeen pool options in the city proper alone. Let's take a closer look at where the water can lead you.

Carson Beach

A featured stop on Boston's Harborwalk, Carson Beach is located on a 3-mile stretch of parks and beaches in the South Boston neighborhood. With a recently renovated bathhouse, and just a half mile from the JFK/UMass T stop, Carson is an ideal beach getaway for the inner-city dweller. Get caught in a sudden downpour while there? Head on over to the JFK Presidential Library.

Savin Hill Beach

In the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Savin Hill Beach is close to both the eponymously named T stop and Malibu Beach. The location makes it a great place to go kayaking in the Harbor or enjoy a beautiful sunset walk along the beach. Have a car? No problem, SH Beach offers plenty of parking.

Castle Island

One of the oldest fortified sites in North America (& first state prison in Massachusetts), Castle Island is much more than just a beach. While Castle Island is open year-round to the public, Fort Independence, which sits on the island, is open to the public from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with guided tours every Saturday & Sunday from 12-3:30pm. In these hot summer months, feel free to walk the ramparts on Thursday nights from 7pm – dusk. Castle Island is an excellent place to explore history, take in breathtaking views, and grab a world famous hot dog from Sully's (that's Sullivan's Castle Island for you non-native Bostonians).

Wollaston Beach

The largest of Boston Harbor's beaches at 2.3 miles long, Wollaston Beach (or Wolly, as the locals call it) is located a short 6-mile drive from downtown Boston in Quincy. Well-known as a popular sun-bathing, running, and swimming spot, Wollaston also offers several dining options on the other side of the boulevard. This expansive beach is on several bus routes, close to both Wollaston & North Quincy T stations, and offers a multitude of parking spots. Take some time this summer to celebrate Wollaston's 108th birthday.

Revere Beach

Founded in 1895, Revere Beach is the first public beach in the United States, and located only four miles from downtown Boston. A National Historic Landmark since 2004, Revere enjoys a long and celebrated history as a vacation spot for the working-class and immigrants. Where many amusement rides used to reside, now high-rise luxury condos dominate the landscape. In addition to the sun-bathing & people-watching, Revere Beach is also known for its annual New England Sand Sculpture Festival. Take a trip to splash around, look at some interesting art, and go to famous Kelly's Roast Beef.

Pools more your speed? Check out one of the many public pools, ponds, and spray pools in the city of Boston. http://www.cityofboston.gov/summer/water.asp