About one hour south of Boston lies the 6-mile long Duxbury barrier beach. A beautiful setting that can be cool even on the warmest days of summer due to the winds that cross the beach, Duxbury is a great place to cycle. There are a couple of different ride options to consider when at the Duxbury beach, depending on how long you care to ride, as well as your group's comfort level riding on roads with light traffic.
What Makes It Great
Duxbury barrier beach is a fantastic destination to get a good afternoon ride under your belt in an environment that provides a riders with a place that tends to be cooler than most, especially during the dog days of summer.
A cool feature about this location is that riders can link up the barrier beach with a ride into the town of Duxbury. This can rev up a modest ride into a higher gear for those who are looking for a bit more ride time and sight-seeing adventures.
Who is Going to Love It
Families looking for a fun a day trip will likely enjoy what Duxbury barrier beach has to offer. For starters, groups can cycle together as little or as far as they would like down the beach, making this a great place to take the kids without having to worry about getting stuck halfway around a large loop ride in traffic.
The beach itself provides a beautiful place to relax and take in the fresh air throughout the ride. A final selling point for families or larger groups would definitely be the pavilion that plays host to a plethora of accommodations for beach goers and cyclists alike. Open from Labor Day to Memorial Day, the pavilion features bathrooms, showers, and even restaurant.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From Route 3, take Exit 11 and hop onto Route 139. Follow this for about 5 miles and look for the Duxbury Beach signs to take you to the finish line.
For families with children, parking at the beach proper may offer the best possibility for a fun-filled and safe day. The ride along the beach allows for plenty of fresh ocean air and nice views without car traffic to worry about. It will cost $15 per car to park at the beach and you will be required to adhere to the opening and closing times (9AM to 8PM).
The other option is to start in Duxbury Center and ride to the beach. This allows for a tour of the town and beach, a longer ride, and the added bonus of not having to pay for a parking day pass. You will be riding on roads that have light traffic, so a helmet and map are great to have during this ride.
Note: Duxbury beach does not allow alcohol or fires. Please adhere to these restrictions and leave the beach in better condition than when you arrived.