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Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach

80 Western Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

Telephone: 978-281-9785

There are two beaches here as well as a large wonderful park. This is a great family picnic area, with plenty of room (acres) to roam around. There are walking trail, picnic areas, rocks to walk on, a ball field, bathrooms, lifeguards and a large parking lot. Parking is free for residents and paid for visitors. The fee is $10 and well worth it. Stage Fort Park is a great place to take the kids to walk around and amuse themselves for a few hours even if it's not a beach day. There are two beaches here: Facing Gloucester Harbor, Half Moon Beach is a relatively small sandy beach with good swimming. It's a very pleasant setting with a high rocky knoll behind. Because the park surrounds the beach you can get out of the sun easily if you want. The view across the harbor as you sit on the beach is picturesque and constantly changing with a parade of distant whale watch, fishing and sailboats going by.