Beach wheelchairs

Find beach wheelchairs in Massachusetts state parks. Beach wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to bring your own Coast Guard certified personal flotation device (PFD) to use a floating beach wheelchair.

Here you'll find a list of the many DCR coastal and inland beaches that have beach wheelchairs. You will also see a few parks that have the chairs for use on trails, and pools or spray decks that have chairs for use in the water. There is no cost to use a beach wheelchair, but please be sure to bring your own help to transfer into the chairs. Because these chairs have large balloon tires that you can’t move by hand, you will also need to bring someone to push you.

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Beach wheelchair use

You can only use beach wheelchairs where the ground is flat and even, and where there are no sharp objects. Some beaches have large piles of cobblestones that the tide pushes up. These stones can't be moved because of environmental regulations. You can't use beach wheelchairs to go over these piles of cobblestones or other steep areas. If there are cobblestones or other obstacles on a beach, you may not be able to get to the edge of the water in the beach chair.

Beach wheelchairs at beaches and pools are managed by lifeguards. If there are no lifeguards on duty, you may not be able to use a chair. Lifeguards or park staff may determine that the conditions at the beach are unsafe to use a beach wheelchair, for example if there is a storm or if the beach is covered in rocks or debris. Please respect and follow the decisions and directions of lifeguards and park staff while using the chairs.

Sunbathing beach wheelchairs

A smiling woman is sitting in a beach wheelchair made of PVC tubing, in front of the ocean. The chair has large yellow balloon tires and yellow cushions.

Sunbathing beach wheelchairs can get you out on the sand to enjoy the beach.

Sand and sunbathing beach wheelchairs are made of PVC pipe. These chairs have a seat belt, a footrest, a beach umbrella holder, and a movable arm for transfer. This style of chair can go across the sand but it can’t go into the water, because the wheels will float and the chair will tip over. If you want to go into the water, you will need to use a floating beach wheelchair. The weight limit for sunbathing beach wheelchairs is 275 pounds.

Floating beach wheelchairs

A woman is sitting in a beach wheelchair with a metal frame, fabric seat, and three balloon tires. The chair has large orange floats under the armrests. The woman's legs are stretched out in front of her and resting on the chair. She is wearing a personal flotation device around her chest. Another woman is standing behind her and holding onto the back of the chair.

Floating beach wheelchairs have three wheels, support for your legs to be stretched out, and floats under the arm rests.

Floating beach wheelchairs let you move across the beach and go into the water. These chairs let you lie back with your feet out in front of you, and the chair back is high enough to support your head. They have a chest harness that you should buckle on when you are moving across the beach, a handle in the back so you can be pushed, and a lead in the front to help pull the chair. The bright orange plastic floats under the armrests let the chair float in the water. The weight limit for floating beach wheelchairs is 300 pounds. 

Floating chairs can only go into the water in good weather and water conditions. The lifeguards at a beach will let you know if you can take the chair into the water. You will need to wear a Coast Guard-certified personal flotation device while you are floating. A life jacket is a common type of personal flotation device. You will need to bring your own life jacket or personal flotation device with you. You will also need to have an able-bodied person with you who can stay close and give you help and supervision while you are in the water.

Boston area beach wheelchair locations

Location

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Beaver Brook Spray Deck

Belmont

1

0

Spray Pool

Carson Beach

South Boston

3

1

Beach

Connell Memorial Swimming Pool

Weymouth

1

0

Indoor Pool

Connors Memorial Swimming Pool

Waltham

0

1

Pool

Constitution Beach Park

E. Boston

1

1

Beach

Houghton's Pond Milton 1 1 Beach

Malibu Beach

Dorchester

1

0

Beach

Nahant Beach Reservation

Lynn

1

1

Beach

Nantasket Beach Reservation

Hull

3

5

Beach

Olsen Spray Deck Hyde Park 1 0 Spray Pool

Pleasure Bay

South Boston

1

1

Beach

Quincy Shores Reservation Quincy 2 0 Beach

Revere Beach Reservation

Revere

1

1

Beach

Shannon Beach

Medford

1

0

Beach

Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor

1

1

Beach

Winthrop Shore Reservation

Winthrop

1

0

Beach

North region beach wheelchair locations

Location

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Ashland State Park

Ashland

1

0

Beach

Bradley Palmer State Park

Topsfield

1

0

Wading Pool

Breakheart Reservation

Saugus

1

0

Beach

Cochituate State Park

Wayland

1

1

Beach

Harold Parker State Forest

North Andover

2

0

Beach

Hopkinton State Park

Hopkinton

2

1

Beach

Maudslay State Park

Newburyport

2

0

Trails

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Salisbury

9

2

Beach

Sandy Point State Reservation

Ipswich

1

0

Beach

Walden Pond State Reservation

Concord

2

2

Beach

Willard Brook State Forest and Pearl Hill State Park

Ashby-Townsend

1

0

Trails

South region beach wheelchair locations

Location

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Borderland State Park

Sharon

2

0

Trails

Demarest Lloyd State Park (This beach has cobblestones. You may not be able to get to the edge of the water.)

S. Dartmouth

0

2

Beach

Fort Phoenix State Reservation

Fairhaven

0

3

Beach

Horseneck Beach State Reservation (This beach has cobblestones. You may not be able to get to the edge of the water. Surf conditions don't allow you to go into the water at this beach.)

Westport

5

3

Beach

Massasoit State Park

E. Taunton

1

0

Beach

Myles Standish State Forest

Carver

2

0

Beach

Nickerson State Park

Brewster

1

0

Beach

Scusset Beach State Reservation

Sandwich

3

2

Beach

South Cape Beach State Park

Mashpee

2

0

Beach

Watson Pond State Park

Taunton

1

0

Beach

Central region beach wheelchair locations

Location

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Douglas State Forest

Douglas

1

0

Beach

Dunn State Park

Gardner

1

1

Beach

Erving State Forest

Erving

1

1

Beach

Lake Dennison Recreation Area

Winchendon

1

1

Beach

Lake Wyola State Park

Shutesbury

1

1

Beach

Quinsigamond State Park

Worcester

1

1

Beach

Wells State Park Sturbridge 0 1 Campers Beach

West region beach wheelchair locations

Location

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Beartown State Forest

Monterey

1

0

Beach

Chicopee Memorial State Park

Chicopee

1

1

Beach

DAR State Forest

Goshen

1

1

Beach

Hampton Ponds State Park

Westfield

2

1

Beach

Printable beach wheelchair location list

Contact

Fax

(413) 545-5995

Address

PO Box 484
Amherst, MA 01004
Date published: September 15, 2022
Last updated: September 20, 2022
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