From far-ish to super close, the USA's first public beach (since 1896), Revere Beach is a dog-friendly three-mile stretch just an eight-minute MTA subway ride and an even shorter drive from downtown Boston is part of a vibrant city of 62,000 which has been a vacation destination for more than a century, with plenty of vardied lodging, dining, shopping, nightlife, as well as an attractive cityscape including Victorian- and Edwardian-era homes. Revere Beach itself has a Victorian pavilion and public bathhouse, along with food vendors, summertime lifeguards, a bandstand for summer concerts, and various other amenities. And of course one of its top claims to fame is the weekend-long international sand sculpting competition which attracts more than a million visitors each July. The beach can get pretty busy on weekend afternoons, but less so in the mornings and on weekdays.
Read more about this and other local strands in Tripatini contributor Cary Moralish's post Top 5 Beach Destinations in/around Boston.