Salisbury Beach in Massachusetts has two main attractions; the state park has camping and swimming beach while the town has cottage rentals, free beach access and the typical beach style restaurants and arcades.
The state park has a relatively high entrance fee especially for out of staters at $20 per adult, but once inside there is a campground with more than 450 sites, a wonderful picnic area and access to the beach. The park is located right at the mouth of the Merrimack River and is well worth the entrance fee, just make sure you plan on making a day of it.
The downtown section of Salisbury Beach is your typical seaside beach town. There are arcades and go-karts, restaurants and free beach access.
You simply cannot leave Salisbury without trying the signature “beach pizza” from either Tripoli or Cristy’s which are side by side steps away from the beach.
Tripoli is famous for their sweet sauce while Cristy’s has almost no sweetness. Both establishments have their supporters and detractors sample them and decide for yourself.
A good way to experience the beach is to spend a week to soak up the sun and relax. The many cottage rentals available allow for the relaxing beach week vacation. A variety of options are available from beach front to just off the beach.
There are of course hundreds of rooms available in local motels, inns and hotels as well.
Salisbury Beach is not what it was in its heyday during the 60s and 70s but it is still an enjoyable destination for the entire family.