Best Sea Kayaking in Massachusetts

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in Massachusetts. Use this list to plan your next Massachusetts sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Duxbury Bay and Back River


Duxbury Bay is an extraordinarily lovely place to paddle. The bay and tidal rivers of the Great Salt Marsh offer exceptional natural beauty and serenity. Duxbury’s seven-mile-long barrier beach is a n…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Duxbury, MA - Sea Kayaking - 11 miles Best Trail in ma - Click to view allBestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Essex River to Hog (Choate) Island


The Essex River Basin is one of the most exquisite place to paddle north of Boston. Paddlers can lose themselves (quite literally) in the beautiful and intimate reaches of its tidal marsh. Kayakers al…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Essex, MA - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles BestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Charles River and Boston Waterfront


Kayaking the Charles River holds magic to lovers of the city. Boston has always looked best from the water, and on a clear day (or night) the city is radiant from a kayak. While capturing a certain ur…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Cambridge, MA - Sea Kayaking - 10 miles BestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Nauset Marsh


NAUSET MARSH is one of the most beautiful places in Massachusetts for paddling serene, unspoiled, and protected water. Amid abundant bird and marine life, kayakers find sweeping vistas of low islands,…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Eastham, MA - Sea Kayaking - 15.9 miles BestSea Kayaking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#5. Barnstable Harbor and Great Marsh of West Barnstable


Paddle Barnstable Harbor and the Great Marsh in the fall or spring for superb bird-watching, terrific vistas, and a good dose of solitude on the magnificent beaches of Sandy Neck. The best paddle allo…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Barnstable, MA - Sea Kayaking - 10 miles
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#6. Merrimack River: Cashman Park to Amesbury and the Mouth of the Merrimack River


The mouth of the Merrimack at Newburyport is a strong and exciting place. The 115-mile river flows through most of New Hampshire, including Manchester and the Massachusetts mill towns of Haverhill, Lo…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Newbury, MA - Sea Kayaking - 12.5 miles
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#7. Monomoy Islands


The Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge is the only federally designated Wilderness Area in southern New England. Paddling Monomoy brings kayakers in touch with a uniquely beautiful and ecologically inva…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Chatham, MA - Sea Kayaking - 15 miles
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#8. Pavilion Beach to Plum Island Sound


The Agawam Indians called it heaven. In spring and early fall, kayakers will agree. A trip up Plum Island Sound provides access to a world of shore and sea birds, shimmering salt marsh, towering dunes…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Ipswich, MA - Sea Kayaking - 14.6 miles
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#9. Marion Harbor and Bird Island


"Pretty" is the operative word for Marion. From its quaint, well-heeled streets to its precious tree-lined coves, kayakers can find attractive settings wherever they wander. The highlight of the trip…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Marion, MA - Sea Kayaking - 11.5 miles
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#10. Lower Ipswich River


Paddling the Ipswich River can be a strenuous adventure or a gentle meander though beautiful salt marsh. Kayakers seeking an easy trip can explore the very narrow Labor in Vain Creek and paddle just s…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Ipswich, MA - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
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#11. Rockport to Thatcher and Milk Islands


From quaint Rockport Harbor to rocky, wind-blasted islands, this trip explores the diversity and rugged beauty of Cape Ann. The moderately challenging route includes paddling across Sandy Bay in Rockp…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Rockport, MA - Sea Kayaking - 9 miles
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#12. Provincetown Harbor


Paddling out of Provincetown Harbor provides great views of the town as well as terrific opportunities to explore the magnificent Cape Cod National Seashore. Seldom can urban and natural adventures be…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Provincetown, MA - Sea Kayaking - 15 miles
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#13. Gloucester Harbor


The west side of Gloucester Harbor is surprisingly beautiful. Steep, forested cliffs rise from the water, and lovely parks preserve graceful beaches and rocky shores. This trip explores the northern r…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Gloucester, MA - Sea Kayaking - 11.7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Hingham Harbor and Bumpkin and Grape Islands


Hingham Harbor is an excellent starting point for kayakers who want to visit the Boston Harbor Islands but wish to stay within relatively protected waters. This trip offers two interesting harbor isla…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Hingham, MA - Sea Kayaking - 7.2 miles
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#15. Boston Harbor from City Point


From City Point, one can paddle to the Boston Harbor Islands for a strenuous full-day outing or take a spin around Old Harbor and Thompson Island for a short and easy paddle. Many kayakers also paddle…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Boston, MA - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Elizabeth Islands: Woods Hole to Cuttyhunk


The Elizabeth Islands form a 16-mile archipelago that extends southwest from Woods Hole and effectively divides Vineyard Sound from Buzzards Bay. It is a wonderful place to paddle. However, the “holes…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Woods Hole, MA - Sea Kayaking - 32 miles
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#17. Wellfleet Harbor and Lieutenant Island


This is a beautiful trip, particularly in late summer or early fall. At that time, shorebird viewing is at its prime, boat traffic diminishes, and the changing colors of the marsh add to Wellfleet’s a…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Wellfleet, MA - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles
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#18. Annisquam River to Lanes Cove and Crane Beach


Cape Ann is a kayaker's paradise, offering gorgeous, rocky coastline; challenging open water; marvelous bird life; and quaint, weather-hardened towns. Kayakers return again and again to Cape Ann, for…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Gloucester, MA - Sea Kayaking - 10.6 miles
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#19. Annisquam River Exploration


The Annisquam River offers pretty, protected paddling and acres of marshland to explore at high tide. Novices can find scenic and quiet paddling on the Jones River and in Lobster Cove. More adventurou…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Gloucester, MA - Sea Kayaking - 4.2 miles
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#20. Boston Harbor - Inner Islands


Kayaking Boston's busy Inner Harbor islands is a terrific urban adventure. Brimming with history, traffic, noise, and urbane beauty, this trip is challenging and stimulating. Learn a bit of the rich h…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Coastal Massachusetts"
Boston, MA - Sea Kayaking - 9.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books