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Small Clean Beach

Very lovely spot. Plenty of parking, paid $10 for the day. Nice bathrooms and there was a large... read more

Reviewed 22 August 2018
Sharron S
North Reading, Massachusetts
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Big Park, Tiny Beach, Excellent Visit.

We first discovered half moon in 2004 visiting the Hammond Castle; and then going to Stage Fort... read more

Reviewed 1 August 2018
Loanmi L
Massachusetts, United States
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Stage Fort Park, Gloucester Harbor, Gloucester, MA 01930
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Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

Very lovely spot. Plenty of parking, paid $10 for the day. Nice bathrooms and there was a large playground. My children are older and enjoyed climbing on the rocks—there were a ton. It is a small cove, set off and protected area. Good place to...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Sharron S
Reviewed 1 August 2018

We first discovered half moon in 2004 visiting the Hammond Castle; and then going to Stage Fort Park after; the beach has a lot of algea and the water is COLD - but it has a lot of rocks and greens and it's an excellent...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

The beach front is small with a lifeguard. There is a short walk from the parking lot step way down to the shore. The sand was scattered in seaweed and trash debris from the day. I would not recommend coming here for a full beach...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Lastlightglow
Reviewed 16 July 2018 via mobile

This was a good picnic spot but there isn't a lot of beach. It was a lot of fun to explore though and had a great playground. Their are no waves and a lot of seaweed but it was still a nice inlet. In the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank YoungFamily01420
Reviewed 18 June 2018

This secluded spot does not have much sand but it is a peaceful place to relax. Children cannot get very far away from parents. Beautiful views.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank M_Freedley
Reviewed 8 May 2018

This beach is surrounded by large bluffs on each end with a large park encircling the waterfront areas (3 beaches). Easy to keep track of small children on the beach and in the water. One of the most beautiful vistas in Gloucester. Tons of parking...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank WingearsheekBeach
Reviewed 30 April 2018

After visiting the Fisherman's Memorial, we kept on walking and ended up at Half Moon Beach. What a treasure! You will be shocked at the size of the boulders. It was a great place for a hike. Take a moment to sit on one of...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank susan c
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Half Moon Beach in incredible. The size of the rocks in the area is amazing. The tide levels at the beach vary greatly. You can see the water levels on sides of the boulders. This cove is stunning as is the entire state park. It...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank jerdc
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Small sandy beach and shady.A good walk from the parking lot. There is a fee for non residents. It in located in Stage fort park

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank SJ C
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Lots of tree shadow, nice walk, water is clean. I recommend. You can lie down, do a pic nic. Have fun!

Date of experience: August 2017
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Response from M_Freedley | Reviewed this property |
The Stage Fort Park is free (Half moon Beach Is on the premises). Parking is ten dollars.