“runs along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay”
Situated in the western part of Gloucester at the end of Atlantic Street off Rte. 133 and Concord Street, this beautiful beach runs along the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay. At low tide the beach extends out for hundreds of yards and a long sandbar is exposed that makes for a great place to walk. Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily. Surfing, inflatable objects and all floatation devices are prohibited during the hours the lifeguards are on duty. Alcohol is prohibited on the beach and Gloucester has adopted a Carry In – Carry Out policy at Wingaersheek and Good Harbor beaches so please be prepared to carry out any trash with you when you leave. Food, drinks, beach toys, and other beach necessities are available at the concession. Restrooms and showers are available as well from 9:00am to 6:00pm daily. During periods of inclement weather all facilities may close early. Parking is available during the week at a rate of $20 per vehicle, and on the weekends and holidays at $25 per vehicle. After Labor Day, beaches may be open with reduced rates charges, weather permitting. Space is limited so you’ll need to arrive early on a nice day in order to get a parking space. The gates open at 8:00am and are locked at 9:00pm. The beach is handicapped accessible with approximately 16 handicapped spaces in the lot. A beach wheelchair is available – ask at the collection booth upon arrival or ask the lifeguards. Buses are allowed only during the weekdays at a rate of $25 per bus to park. Buses are not allowed to drop off groups and park elsewhere without first paying the parking fee. All groups attending must make a reservation and receive a permit (fee is $25 per permit) before coming. Directions: take Rte. 128 North to Exit 13. At the bottom of the ramp, take a left onto Concord St and follow for about one to 1-½ miles. You will see a traffic island with a sign saying Wingaersheek Beach. Turn right onto Atlantic Street and follow to the end. Both Concord Street and Atlantic Street are narrow, windy roads with many curves. Please drive carefully and observe the speed limits not only for your own safety but for the safety of those who may be walking along the road. As you turn onto Atlantic Street look for the sign regarding the beach parking lot. If the "lot full" sign is out it means the lot is closed to non-residents and only those with a Gloucester beach sticker can gain access to the lot.
Beautiful beach and area but be aware of parking costs - $30 during the season!!! - and of course, cash only! Annie’s convenience store on Concord Street on the way to the beach has an ATM if you need cash.
Very nice beach. Nice sand, not too coarse. Free parking off season.
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