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Where can I BBQ at the beach in Boston??

We are planning BBQ at the beach but idk where is the best place.I head fixed BBQ is easily. But we have more than 100 ppl. I am not sure that is available or not. We are international students we do not have enough information of it. so if you have any information,plz let us know.

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  1. "I head fixed BBQ is easily. "

    no idea what that means?

    100 ppl is a lot. you may want to start by calling the park service about the boston harbor islands.

    1. Does it have to be at the beach? You might have more options if you are willing to use a park with a lakefront area.

      Few questions:

      1) Is it BBQ or grilling? Like are you doing pulled pork or burgers and dogs? That might impact how long you need the site...

      2) Do you have your own equipment - some parks have small grilling areas, but for 100 people, that's a lot of cooktop space needed..

      As for ideas, I'll throw one out there - one of the Boston Harbor Islands (like Georges). You can bring your own grills, and they do have some small ones available as well. You'll have to pay ferry tickets for all, but with 100 ppl, you may get a discount.

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      1. re: grant.cook

        You can bring grills to Castle Island as well, no ferry tickets needed. I've seen some large groups there but not sure about 100. As others have mentioned, call the park service to ask.

        1. re: Chicken with a Capon

          I can use propane, charcoal and fire at Castle Island? Who knew!

          1. re: Bellachefa

            There is even a bin there to dispose of hot coals safely. Close to the playground area, so maybe that's the only area that it's allowed.

        2. I think an ocean beach will be tricky to find. There may be some where you could do it with a small group, but not 100.

          Spectacle Island has catered clambakes on Thursdays. You could also call clambake caterers to see if they are permitted to use any local beaches for clambakes.

          I think there are public grills along the Charles near the kayak rental place in Brighton, on Soldiers Field Road. You can look at the Mass. State Parks and Beaches website for lakes where you can BBQ.

          1. I think your biggest issue is the 100 people. Years ago my coworker couldn't find any public space that would allow 75 people gather without a permit. She was trying to have her rehearsal dinner BBQ/dinner on the beach.

            Do you have a international coordinator at your school? Many do and they can help you with logistics.

            1. Larz Anderson Park in Brookline has large covered areas with multiple grills and picnic tables that you can rent for the half day or day. This is clearly not on the beach, but could be an alternative if you can't find a beach location. There is a pond there with beautiful scenery as well.

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              1. re: krisa20

                100 people might be tough at Larz Anderson

                1. re: C. Hamster

                  The Town advertises that the shelter holds 85, so they could rent that plus another grill close by and be fine. I know people that have had parties for 75.

              2. Not mentioned yet and something to bear in mind for international students who may be unfamiliar with the USA's puritanism about alcohol... no alcohol is allowed in State Parks, which includes the Harbor Islands. There are exceptions for catered events with a permit, (Thompson Island in particular does catered events with alcohol) but if you're a bunch of friends doing your own BBQ, leave the alcohol home.

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                1. re: Chris VR

                  or just bring Solo cups and be smart and discreet about it

                  1. re: black_lab

                    Any park ranger or rent a cop worth their salt knows what the plastic red cup means.

                    1. re: Bellachefa

                      Yup, and if you're not a jackass about it they generally leave you alone.

                      1. re: black_lab

                        but if they 'generally' don't that day, it sure could ruin a celebration for 100 people who thought drinking from red cups was fine

                        1. re: black_lab

                          That's not exactly true. A small group of friends and I had wine/beer in solo cups on the M Street Beach in Southie last week and a cop came over and started hassling us almost immediately. This was just a few people - not 100 - sitting on the beach on an overcast day when the beach was othewise empty.

                          1. re: nyc_to_ma

                            Yeah, it's a crapshoot. The bottom line is, they can shut down your party anytime they want, so why risk it? What's most important to you -- the party, the alcohol or the venue? Choose accordingly.

                            1. re: nyc_to_ma

                              Solo cups are a dead giveaway. We use other containers for public drinking these days.

                      2. re: Chris VR

                        To be fair, that's more a MA thing, not a USA thing. Utah is tough, too, or so I hear.


                      3. A nice alternative would be to have the group go to the Boston Harbor Islands. You can go 'island hopping' and a boat circuits the three of them that are close together, and there are food and drinks that you can purchase there. You could augment it with your picnic too of course. The catering company will organize a clambake if you want to do that. Here is information about it: http://www.bostonharborislands.org/fo...

                        The caterer also offers a BBQ and cruise, which might be the easiest of all: http://www.bostonharborislands.org/en...

                        Otherwise I would contact the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, which manages parks in the city and state. There are several places with large covered shelters that you can rent for a group.

                        Department of Conservation and Recreation
                        Group Day Use: http://1.usa.gov/1lV14AU

                        You also might show this to your college librarian and they can connect you with more resources too.

                          1. Give Summer Shack a call - they do catered clambakes for private parties. Website said they can help you find a location too.

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                            1. re: LStaff

                              legal seafoods will do this too and they both will do them on george's island.

                            2. not at the beach... but the asian professional meetup group is always hosting at the arsenal park (they are over 200 going). Rent for a fee.


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                              1. re: missbidon

                                There is grilling at Stage Fort Park, on ocean, not beach though, in Gloucester and Cochituate State Park, Natick on a lake with boat rentals. Don't know how large a group they take...

                                Good luck! I have had a hard time just trying to find a place for 2 people! So if anyone has ideas on places between Burlington and Beverly approximately, please tell! We are tempted to pay to go to a campground just to cook out and not even camp.. eg Harold Parker . Maybe your group could get a bunch of adjoining campsites..I think Salisbury Beach State Park campground is basically a big field with close set campsites for low fees, right across from ocean beach

                              2. For 100 people you will need a permit, from either the town you are in or from the state agency who owns the land. I organize company events and we recently found out it is already too late to get a permit from DCR for this summer--the deadline was May 1st. That includes pretty much all the real estate along the Charles River, Nantasket Beach, Sandy Beach in Winchester and many other areas. Your best bet is to go through a caterer who can suggest a venue.