Ah, summer in Massachusetts! There is nothing quite like a day of surf, sand and sun at one of the beaches along the state’s 192 miles of breathtaking shoreline.  We highly recommend you check out South Boston’s M Street and Carson Beach, voted the city’s cleanest beaches by Save the Harbor, Save the Bay. Both beaches are within walking distance to DoubleTree by Hilton Boston Bayside, an ideal seaside hotel, perfect for weekend staycations just south of the city.

Where the beaches of Massachusetts are wonderful escapes, they tend to become crowded very early in the day. Have no fear, there are other ways to beat the heat! Massachusetts is home to some of the most beautiful and refreshing swimming holes in the country. Here are our four favorites.

by Rebecca Perlin, Marketing Intern

Let Hampton by Hilton Boston/Natick be your summer basecamp for a weekend of sun, swimming and boating at Cochituate State Park. The park consists of three lakes, a beautiful sandy beach, 1.5 miles of  hiking trail and quaint picnic space. South Lake provides a great spot for waterskiing and tubing. Looking for something a little slower paced? Rent a boat for a relaxing day of fishing, canoeing and kayaking.

Know before you go: The park is open from sunrise to sunset, during the summer, and requires a $5 parking fee.

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Located less than 10 minutes from Homewood Suites by Hilton Boston/Cambridge – Arlington is the secluded and beautiful Spy Pond. Offering a beautiful and clean beach, public boat ramp, playground and picnic area, this fresh outdoor experience will be the ideal urban beach escape for you and your family.

Know before you go: Rent a kayak, canoe or paddle board for $20 an hour. For more information, please click here.

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For centuries, New Englanders and world travelers alike, have flocked to this secluded pond to experience firsthand the beauty and tranquility that inspired for Henry David Thoreau’s Walden. After a day of swimming or boating on the refreshing famed pond, be sure to pay a visit to Thoreau’s single-room cabin and learn about the author’s history. This hidden gem of a swimming hole is a great way to kick off a weekend at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Bedford Glen, just 10 miles away.

Know before you go: The main entrance is open 7:00am – 7:30pm and parking is $8 for Massachusetts residents and $15 for non-Massachusetts residents.

Photo by Tim Hettler


Hopkinton State Park consists of 1,500 acres or forest, freckled with hiking trails, beaches, picnic areas, and fishing. Rent a boat and paddle your way out to one of the small islands for further hiking and adventure. This local family favorite summer spot is just a short distance from your weekend stay at DoubleTree by Hilton Boston – Westborough and Hampton by Hilton Boston – Westborough.

Know before you go: Hopkinton State Park is open Memorial Day Weekend through October 31 and parking is $8 for Massachusetts residents and $15 for non-Massachusetts residents.

Photo by Dee & Tula Monstah

No matter which swimming hole you choose to swim in during your summer days, you can rest easy during your summer nights at one our 22 participating Boston area Hilton hotels. We can’t wait to welcome you to Massachusetts, this summer.

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