Beach is a perfect place for a midday getaway. There is beach, ice
cream, mini golf and outdoor dining. Gary Higgins photo/The Patriot
Park in a nearby lot or along Nantasket Avenue. Thanks to the two-hour parking limit, an empty space can often be found. You can sit and enjoy lunch along Nantasket Avenue; there are plenty of picnic tables on both sides.
Cost: $3.67 for a slice of pizza and a soda
Time: 60 minutes
There’s no better place to take a stroll. You can walk along Nantasket Avenue and browse the food stands, a gift shop and a video arcade. Even better, you can kick off your shoes and walk the beach.
a round of mini golf! Gary Higgins photo/The Patriot Ledger
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You don’t have to be a kid to ride the Paragon Carousel, a 1928 vestige of famed Paragon Park. A ride costs $1.75.
You can also check out Ken Hackel’s Carousels and Ships Gift Shop or the Dream Machine arcade. Or skip lunch and play a round of miniature golf at the Nantasket Landing Miniature Golf course. Playing a round takes about 45 minutes and costs $4.
What’s your pleasure? Pizza? French fries? Ice cream?
Nantasket Beach has it all – Ricky’s Nantasket Beach, Joseph’s Pizzeria, Ally’s At the Beach, Carousel Creamery, Nona’s Homemade and, a short distance north, Daddy’s Dogs on Hull Shore Drive. You can eat for as little as $2.50 for a hot dog at Daddy’s Dogs. A hamburger and small cup of coffee at Ally’s is $5. At Ricky’s, you’ll pay less than $8 for a hamburger, homemade french fries and a soda.
There are plenty of places to sit and do some people watching. Grab a spot at one of the picnic tables or sit on the rocks along the beach.
There are changing rooms at the Mary Jeanette Murray Bathhouse, so if you want to swim, you’ll be able to freshen up before heading back to work.