Beach wheelchairs

Find beach wheelchairs in Massachusetts state parks. Please contact the beach or park in advance to reserve a beach wheelchair. 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 transfer help. Because these chairs have large balloon tires, you will also need to bring someone to push you. The weight limit for beach wheelchairs is 275 pounds. The weight limit for floating beach wheelchairs is 300 pounds. You have to be under this weight limit to use a beach wheelchair.

Beach wheelchairs can only be used where the ground is flat and even, and where there are no sharp rocks or other sharp objects. Some beaches have large piles of cobblestones that are pushed up by the tide into and that can't be moved because of environmental regulations. Beach wheelchairs can't be used to go over steep piles of cobblestones.

Beach wheelchairs on beaches are managed by lifeguards. If there are no lifeguards on duty, you might not be able to use a chair. Sometimes a lifeguard might tell you 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 steep piles of rocks. Please respect and follow the decisions and directions of lifeguards and park staff while using the chairs.

You should be sure to call the beach or the park before you visit to find out more.

There are two types of beach wheelchairs at DCR beaches. 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.

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.

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.

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 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 bodies person with you who can stay close and give you help and supervision while you are in the water.

A man is floating in the water in a floating beach wheelchair. He is wearing a life jacket and resting against the fabric backrest of the chair. A woman is standing beside him, with her hands on the frame of the chair.
Float into the water in a floating beach wheelchair, with your own life jacket and supervision.

 

Beach wheelchair locations

Boston area

Park

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Phone

Beaver Brook Spray Deck

Belmont

1

0

Spray Pool

(617) 727-5290

Houghton's Pond

Milton

1

1

Beach

(617) 698-1802

Carson Beach

South Boston

2

1

Beach

(617) 727-5290

Connell Memorial Swimming Pool

Weymouth

1

0

Indoor Pool

(781) 682-6124

Connors Memorial Swimming Pool

Waltham

0

1

Pool

(781) 894-1485

Constitution Beach

E. Boston

1

1

Beach

(781) 485-2804

Malibu Beach

Dorchester

1

0

Beach

(617) 727-5290

Nahant Beach Reservation

Lynn

1

1

Beach

(781) 485-2803

Nantasket Beach Reservation

Hull

5

2

Beach

(781) 925-1777

Pleasure Bay

South Boston

1

1

Beach

(617) 727-5290

Revere Beach Reservation

Revere

2

1

Beach

(781) 485-2803

Shannon Beach

Medford

1

0

Beach

(617) 727-5290

Spectacle Island

Boston Harbor

1

1

Beach

(781) 740-1605

Olsen Spray Deck

Hyde Park

1

0

Spray Pool

(617) 727-5290

Winthrop Shore Reservation

Winthrop

1

0

Beach

(781) 485-2803

Wollaston Beach

Quincy

1

1

Beach

(617) 727-5290

North region

Park

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Phone

Ashland State Park

Ashland

1

0

Beach

(508) 435-4303

Bradley Palmer State Park

Topsfield

1

0

Wading Pool

(978) 887-5931

Breakheart Reservation

Saugus

1

0

Beach

(781) 233-0834

Cochituate State Park

Wayland

1

1

Beach

(508) 653-9641

Harold Parker State Forest

North Andover

2

0

Beach

(978) 686-3391

Hopkinton State Park

Hopkinton

2

1

Beach

(508) 435-4303

Maudslay State Park

Newburyport

2

0

Trails

(978) 465-7223

Salisbury Beach State Reservation

Salisbury

11

2

Beach

(978) 462-4481

Sandy Point State Reservation

Ipswich

1

0

Beach

(978) 462-4481

Walden Pond State Reservation

Concord

2

1

Beach

(978) 369-3254

Willard Brook State Park and Pearl Hill State Park

Ashby-Townsend

1

0

Trails

978-597-8802

South region

Park

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Phone

Borderland State Park

Sharon

2

0

Trails

(508) 238-6566

Demarest Lloyd State Park

S. Dartmouth

1

1

Beach

(508) 636-3298

Fort Phoenix State Reservation

Fairhaven

1

1

Beach

(508) 992-4524

Horseneck Beach State Reservation (Please note that this beach has cobblestones and you may not be able to get to the edge of the water.)

Westport

7

0

Beach

(508) 636-8816

Massasoit State Park

E. Taunton

1

0

Beach

(508) 822-7405

Myles Standish State Forest

Carver

2

0

Beach

(508) 866-2526

Nickerson State Park

Brewster

1

0

Beach

(508) 896-3491

Scusset Beach State Reservation

Sandwich

4

2

Beach

(508) 888-0859

South Cape Beach State Park

Mashpee

2

0

Beach

(508) 457-0495

Watson Pond State Park

Taunton

1

0

Beach

(508) 884-8280

 Central region

Park

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Phone

Douglas State Forest

Douglas

1

0

Beach

(508) 476-7872

Dunn State Park

Gardner

1

1

Beach

(978) 632-7897

Erving State Forest

Erving

1

1

Beach

(978) 544-3939

Lake Dennison Recreation Area

Winchendon

1

1

Beach

(978) 939-8962

Lake Wyola State Park

Shutesbury

1

1

Beach

(413) 367-0317

Quinsigamond State Park

Worcester

1

1

Beach

(508) 755-6880

 West region

Park

Town

Sunbathing Chairs

Floating Chairs

Use

Phone

Beartown State Forest

Monterey

1

0

Beach

(413) 528-0904

Chicopee Memorial State Park

Chicopee

1

1

Beach

(413) 594-9416

DAR State Forest

Goshen

1

1

Beach

(413) 268-7098

Hampton Ponds State Park

Westfield

1

1

Beach

(413) 532-3985

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