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If your Memorial Day tradition involves getting anywhere near a beach, you are probably no stranger to the fact that there are a lot of logistics and moving parts to consider, including finding an affordable place to stay. While traffic is undoubtedly a pain every beachgoer is familiar with, overcrowding is yet another. Nobody wants to set out for what they expect to be a tranquil day of soaking up rays and floating in the water, only to find they are swarmed by fellow beach goers with the same idea and fighting for space, peace, and quiet. While we can’t promise these beaches will be deserted, if you are looking for an out of the way place to lay your blanket, here are a few quieter beaches near metropolitan areas.

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Boston, MA

Revere Beach

Boston takes pride in being steeped in history that includes a lot of “firsts” for this country, so it should come as no surprise that it is also home to the first public beach in the U. S. Established in 1896, Revere Beach is five miles north of downtown Boston. The three-mile stretch of beach offers plenty of space to swim and catch a few rays as well as fishing and kayaking.

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New York City, NY

Jacob Riis Park

Jacob Riis Park is named for the famed photographer who documented the lives of New Yorkers who lived in poor and working-class tenements. Bearing this in mind, it should come as no surprise that this stretch of shoreline near the Rockaways section of Queens, New York City has also earned the nickname “The People’s Beach.” Accessible by car, train or ferry, the beach has grown some in popularity over time, now offers up concessions that include food trucks during the weekends. Visitors seeking other activities can also take advantage of a pitch & putt golf course or ball courts.

Gateway National Recreation Area

This impressive 26,000-acre spread spans both New York and New Jersey and the boroughs of Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. There are 11 sites all told, making Gateway National Recreation Area a place that offers something for everyone. Whether it’s swimming and resting on a beachfront, taking an ecology walk, kayaking, canoeing, or enjoying marine wildlife.

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Chicago, IL

12th Street Beach

Flanked by Lake Michigan, Chicago has plenty of beaches to choose from, including the less populated 12th Street Beach, which can be found near the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum. This beach dates to the 1920s and is accessible by public bus. Non-motorized watercraft enthusiasts will be excited to know that the beach also boasts a boat launch.

Kathy Osterman Beach is also a favorite low-key beach, which is located near the Edgewater neighborhood. In 1993, it was named for Kathy Osterman, a beloved public servant who served as Alderman for Edgewater, President of the Edgewater Community Council, and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. This beach is accessible by bus or train and provides a boardwalk that goes out over the lake and allows visitors sweeping views of the city.

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Philadelphia, PA

Brigantine Beach

While the City of Brotherly Love doesn’t boast local beaches, an hour’s drive will get shore seekers to several gorgeous Jersey Shore beaches, including Brigantine Beach. This island offers shoreline as well as sailing and kayaking. There is plenty of shopping and dining in the nearby town, and if that’s not enough to satisfy what you are looking for, Atlantic City and all its bright lights and high rolling are also nearby.

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San Francisco, CA

Ocean Beach

If you’re craving an escape that merely involves “dipping a toe” in the water, Ocean Beach is the place for you. This three-mile stretch of beach on the western edge of the city has been offering folks great wading for over 100 years. Although skilled surfers often dot the waters, swimmers are advised to keep close to the shore because of the strong rip currents. This doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had in the form of fishing, cycling, running, walking or having a bonfire on the beach. From 1850-1926, the waters took around 20 ships, including the King Philip in 1878, whose hull can be seen during low tide.

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Los Angeles, CA

Leo Carrillo State Park

For the swimming pools and movie stars set, Leo Carrillo State Park eagerly awaits. Known for his conservationist and preservationist efforts, Carrillo was also an actor who famously played Pancho in the classic movie “Cisco Kid.” His namesake beach park has 1.5 miles of beach where Angelinos and guests can enjoy swimming, surfing, windsurfing, beachcombing, camping, and bonfires. The adventuresome hiking set can also take advantage of its coral reefs and coastal caves.

Topanga Beach

An article about California beaches is incomplete without talking about surfing, which is where Topanga Beach comes in handy. Set on a 21.5-acre property, Topanga Beach is a mile-plus in length beach that surfers have flocked to for years. Despite being unpopular for swimming, visitors to Topanga who opt to stay ashore can still enjoy the sun, listen to the crashing waves and enjoy a picnic. Another great attraction is the nearby Santa Monica Pier for when more action is needed.

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Houston, TX

Sylvan Beach

Guests looking to enjoy a more family-friendly escape will find it here. The 32-acre beach has a playground and water with smaller waves that smaller visitors are sure to enjoy. There is also a picnic area and boat ramp, and Sylvan Beach boasts an air-conditioned pavilion. And, for $4, fishing enthusiasts can spend the day catching fish.

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