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From miles of sandy beach to that perfect little swimming hole, The Trustees have just the place to cool down this summer. Here are a few of our favorite places to splash about in Massachusetts.

Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Chappaquiddick Island, Martha's Vineyard
Explore this magnificent barrier beach with its sandy shoreline, expansive salt marsh, beautiful salt pond, and unique colony of hardy red cedars.

Chapel Brook, Ashfield
Hike to the top of Pony Mountain, then cool off with a summertime dip in the chilly waters of the brook’s picture-perfect pools and falls.

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket
Discover this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt marsh and tidal ponds, on 16 miles of trails and sand roads.

Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
enjoy one of the finest beaches and outdoor recreation destinations on the East Coast. With its clean, inviting water, miles of shoreline, and mesmerizing views, Crane Beach has been a favorite with the ocean-loving public for generations. Whether you intend to take a refreshing plunge, play in the sand, or just soak up the sun, this unparalleled seaside experience is sure to provide lots of fun – and great memories, too.

Long Point Wildlife Refuge, Martha's Vineyard
Whether you want to play in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt- and freshwater ponds, or explore a rare grassland habitat, this spectacular reservation will become a favorite escape.

Lowell Holly, Mashpee & Sandwich
Carriage roads follow the shoreline of Mashpee and Wakeby Ponds and pass through the peninsula’s beech woodlands. The shallow, sandy shores of both ponds provide an opportunity for cooling off when the weather is hot.

Lyman Reserve, Bourne, Plymouth & Wareham
Follow a tidal waterway from upstream cranberry bogs and woods to its mouth on a sandy beach perfect for a cool dip in Buttermilk Bay.