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Miles of Sandy Shore a T Ride Away

Sand Sculpting Festival on America’s oldest public beach


One consolation of summer in the city is the Blue Line hop to Revere Beach Reservation, a welcoming stretch of Massachusetts Bay shoreline four miles north of Boston.

The beach once known as the Coney Island of New England remains the people’s beach, its boulevard bustling with stalls selling food from a kaleidoscope of cuisines, its shelters shading visitors of all ethnicities. In 2004, the New England Sand Sculpting Festival was born. Now a national festival that draws participants from all over the world, this year’s event runs from Thursday, July 12, to Sunday, July 15, near the bandstand on Revere Beach Boulevard (between Beach Street and Shirley Avenue).

A public park since 1896, Revere Beach was designed by noted landscape architect Charles Eliot to be “the first to be set aside…for the enjoyment of the common people.”

In the decades since Revere’s historic charms fell into decline—and hit rock bottom with the devastation caused by the notorious Blizzard of ’78—the beach has been completely revived, to the delight of its fans, with restored pavilions, seawalls, and sidewalks. Officially reopened in 1992, Revere Beach was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2004. Revere Beach has a bathhouse, and lifeguards are on duty through September.

Revere Beach Reservation is open year-round from dawn to dusk. To get there by T, take the Blue Line to the Revere Beach or Wonderland station. For more information, call 781-289-3020.

This article was originally published on August 2, 2010; it has been recently updated to include current information.


3 Comments on Miles of Sandy Shore a T Ride Away

  • Shading visitors of all ethnicities? on 07.11.2012 at 9:54 am

    What exactly does ethnicity have to do with an article about the beach? I’m trying to put my finger on what it is that I find offensive about this article…It feels like you’re calling ethnic people “common”, and if that is something that just didn’t strike you as you were writing this article than perhaps some better editing by BUtoday is needed. Not to mention the fact that Revere Beach is actually kind of gross.

  • Student on 07.11.2012 at 11:30 am

    Too bad the T fares keep increasing…

  • Susan Seligson on 07.11.2012 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for the comment. The article isn’t about “the beach” but Revere Beach and its international flavor. (And we’re all “ethnic” people.) Also, the beach is far from “gross.” It’s lovely. You should go.

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