Hull Peninsula, Boston

Hull, Massachusetts

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One of Boston's best-kept secrets is the pleasure of walking the Hull peninsula—a long stretch of shoreline and flat, sandy public beach that welcomes discovery. The town’s relative isolation has contributed to this status: it’s out of the way, exposed to the elements, and virtually an island. Another factor might be the town’s dual personality. It’s called “Nantasket” when the topic of discussion is the old summer resort, with its grand hotels and sweeping verandas, or the contemporary, Styrofoam-cooler-style refuge for day-trippers, surfers, and sun worshipers. The route passes the entertainments at Nantasket Beach; interesting sea life along the beach dunes; a fort that served the nation from 1776 to 1950; two museums; antique streetscapes; and maritime activities near Pemberton Pier. You can catch a blazing sunrise over the ocean and one-of-a-kind sunsets over the bay. In summer you’ll feel the luscious cool ocean breezes; in winter, the rich aroma of salt water and seaweed, sweetened by the cold. Wear your sturdiest windshell if you are braving one of the penetrating winter northwesterly storms, and be careful to stay out of waves’ reach in a northeaster.
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Walk Boston

by Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

One of Boston's best-kept secrets is the pleasure of walking the Hull peninsula—a long stretch of shoreline and flat, sandy public beach that welcomes discovery. The town’s relative isolation has contributed to this status: it’s out of the way, exposed to the elements, and virtually an island. Another factor might be the town’s dual personality. It’s called “Nantasket” when the topic of discussion is the old summer resort, with its grand hotels and sweeping verandas, or the contemporary, Styrofoam-cooler-style refuge for day-trippers, surfers, and sun worshipers.

The route passes the entertainments at Nantasket Beach; interesting sea life along the beach dunes; a fort that served the nation from 1776 to 1950; two museums; antique streetscapes; and maritime activities near Pemberton Pier. You can catch a blazing sunrise over the ocean and one-of-a-kind sunsets over the bay. In summer you’ll feel the luscious cool ocean breezes; in winter, the rich aroma of salt water and seaweed, sweetened by the cold. Wear your sturdiest windshell if you are braving one of the penetrating winter northwesterly storms, and be careful to stay out of waves’ reach in a northeaster.

©  Robert Sloane (editor) of WalkBoston/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Hull
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Driving Directions: Directions to Hull Peninsula, Boston

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