Where Are The Best Beaches In New England? AAA Has Some Insight

Race Point Beach EDIT

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) --- If you're a New Englander looking to hit the beach this summer -- AAA Northeast is out with a list of the best places to check out.

The association posted the guide in it's digital magazine this week -- naming locations in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Here is the breakdown:

Hammonasset Beach State Park - Madison, Conn.

AAA describes the Connecticut beach as "a long stretch of beach with gentle surf, scenic spots and plenty of activities for the kiddos." According to the website, parking is free for Connecticut residents, $15 for non-residents on weekdays, and $22 for non-residents on weekends and holidays.

Sand Beach - Bar Harbor, Maine

The beach, located in Acadia National Park, features "refreshing Atlantic [waters] amid craggy granite peaks, hundreds of miles of rugged hiking trails, car-free carriage roads, and nearly 50,000 acres of protected forest." Entrance to the park's trails and bike paths is $30.

Race Point Beach - Provincetown, Mass.

P-town is well known for it's beaches -- and Race Point Beach apparently tops the list. AAA said "the views of the endless seas are breathtaking [and] oftentimes you can see whales and a seal or two off in the distance." There are no concessions sold at the beach -- so visitors are encouraged to bring their own food. The daily vehicle fee is $25, and $15 for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Narragansett Town Beach - Narragansett, R.I.

According to AAA, this spot is "a mile-long beach that’s spotless and sandy, with the added benefit of watching surfers plying the waves." The association said the waters are also located in "the heart of a thriving beach town" -- where you will find a host of restaurants, stores, and ice cream shops. Daily admission is $12, and parking fees are $10 on weekdays and $15 on weekends and holidays.

Lake Paran - North Bennington, Vt.

Described by AAA as a "quaint lake maintained by volunteers with a strong sense of community," Lake Paran features a snack bar, swimming spots, canoe rentals and places to grill food and place beach games. The website said the lake is open every day beginning mid-June and lifeguards are on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The daily admission fee is $3.50 for adults and $1 for children.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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