2 Massachusetts beaches were named ‘best family-friendly beaches’ in the country

This undated photo provided by the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce shows Coast Guard Beach on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Coast Guard Beach is No. 5 on the list of best beaches for the summer of 2016 compiled by Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach, a professor at Florida International University. (Margo Tabb/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce via AP)
Coast Guard Beach –Margo Tabb/Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce via AP

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There’s no doubt that Massachusetts is home to some of the most iconic summer vacation spots. But now National Geographic has singled out two Bay State beaches as the best for families who want to spend quality time by the sea.

Coast Guard Beach in Eastham took the top spot on the publication’s list of Top Ten Family Beaches in the United States. Crane Beach in Ipswich came in at No. 8.

“For the classic Cape Cod vacation, head to Coast Guard Beach, boundless miles of sand and surf on the Cape Cod National Seashore,” the magazine said of the top pick.

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During your visit, National Geographic suggests checking out free programs such as beach yoga and campfire nights at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. Nearby bike rentals, the availability of fresh seafood, and mini-golf are also part of the beach’s appeal for family activities.

At Crane Beach, hiking trails, nearby garden tours, and fresh clams are part of the charm, according to the magazine.

“Calm waters, warm tidal pools, and on-site amenities such as a snack bar featuring homemade sandwiches and fresh salads make this an ideal destination for families,” the publication said.

Read the full rankings at National Geographic.

14beaches - The folks at NationalGeographic.com named Crane Beach in Ipswich, MA as one of their Top Ten U.S. Family Beaches. (David Stone/Essex Heritage)
Crane Beach —David Stone/Essex Heritage

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