If you are planning a summer vacation to New England this year, you may be wondering about the best beaches to visit. We’re firmly in the midst of a heat wave here in the northeast so people across the area are heading to the shoreline in an attempt to keep cool!

The best beach for you to visit really depends on the area of New England you’ll be visiting. If you are heading to the Atlantic to states like Massachusetts or Maine, your favorite beach will probably be on the ocean. There are also some stunning lakeside beaches in inland states like Vermont. Whichever state you visit, we’ve got you covered!

Maine

One of the best beaches in Maine is Old Orchard Beach. The seven-mile stretch of beach is one of the most popular tourist spots in Maine. Browse the shelves at the local shops, dine on fresh seafood at the restaurants, and there’s even an amusement park with a ferris wheel to enjoy. Enjoy the weekly fireworks and make an appointment to go parasailing!

Vermont

If you’re looking for the best beach in Vermont, you’ll want to head to Lake Champlain in Burlington. Lake Champlain is the largest lake in the state and there are several beaches along its shoreline. My personal preference is Oakledge. It’s relatively secluded and, there is plenty of room for picnics or grilling.

Connecticut

Heading to Connecticut? If so, you’ll want to visit Ocean Beach in New London. This beach was voted one of the best beaches by National Geographic. Boasting a half a mile of wide pristine “sugar-sand” beach, you and your family will have plenty of room to spread out! There’s also a freshwater swimming pool, video game arcade, carousel rides, and several restaurants for when you’re hungry.

New Hampshire

Hampton Beach is rated one of the best things to do in New Hampshire. You’ll want to stop there if you’re in the area. Plan on swimming, listening to bands play, watching fireworks, and walking on the boardwalk. Plan to get there early as parking is a challenge later in the day.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island is America’s smallest state but that doesn’t mean you cannot find a great beach there. Block Island features seventeen miles of beachfront, all open to the public. If you’re not in the mood for sun and sand, you can head indoors to over 50 stores and specialty shops. Outdoor exercise activities include bike riding, hiking, horseback riding, bird-watching, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking, and sailing.

No matter what beach you’re traveling to this year, you’ll want to remember lots of water to drink and sunscreen to protect yourself and your family from the sun!